National Cupcake Champions announced

first_imgDaniel Addy and Laura Morris took the top prizes at this year’s National Cupcake Championships. Addy, owner of Chef Dan’s Cakes, took the professional’s crown with a chocolate and amaretto cupcake, which also won the Made With Alcohol category while Laura Morris beat off competition in the amateur category with her chocolate banana fudge creation. It was based on a safari theme and topped with a giraffe decoration and also won the Themed Cupcake category.The sixth National Cupcake Championships, organised by British Baker, was held at Cake International in Birmingham with the awards presented by award-winning celebrity cake maker Mich Turner MBE.“I can’t believe that I’ve won,” said Addy. “I entered the competition with the same cupcake last year, but this year I changed the recipe of the sponge which I thought was too dry last year, filled it with ganache and changed the decoration too.”Morris, who reached the final in last year’s competition, said: “I am very happy and surprised to have won – so happy to see the ‘first’ rosette! I’ve been baking since I was six or seven as my mum was a huge inspiration and I bake about once a week. All my friends and family say I should bake professionally so I might look into pursuing a career in baking.”Morris adapted an existing recipe to make her safari cupcakes and each giraffe took around 30 minutes to make.National Cupcake Week, run alongside the awards, is partnered by charity Wellbeing of Women and sponsored by Cater For You and Barry Callebaut.Visit the dedicated National Cupcake Week website here.National Cupcake Championships Winners 2014Professional competition:National Cupcake Champion – professionalDaniel Addy of Chef Dan’s Cakes with a chocolate and amaretto cupcakeFree-From Cupcake of the YearWinnerAnn Gardiner of Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery with a gluten-free lemon cheesecake cupcakeHighly CommendedDebbie Mcfaul of CrumbsBakery with a Vintage Rose cupcakeClassic Cupcake of the YearWinnerSarah Profitt of Betty’s Craft Bakery with a mango and coconut cupcakeHighly CommendedSonali Hazell of Haze Cakes with a Chocomel cupcakeBest Cupcake Made with AlcoholWinnerDaniel Addy of Chef Dan’s Cakes with a chocolate and amaretto cupcake Highly CommendedDavid Moratto-Smith of The Apple Pie with a Limoncello Fun cupcakeThemed Cupcake of the YearWinnerAnn Gardiner of Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery with a Mad As A Hatter cupcakeHighly CommendedSonya Norris of Sweet Sonya’s Cupcakes & Teatime Delights Home Baking competition:National Cupcake Champion – home bakingLaura Morris with a chocolate banana fudge (Safari theme) cupcakeFree-From Cupcake of the YearWinnerFrancesca McCrohan with a Banoffee After Dark cupcakeHighly CommendedAngela Pettengell with a strawberry shortcake cupcakeClassic Cupcake of the YearWinnerChloe Valentine with a Classic Madagascar Vanilla Bean cupcakeHighly CommendedAngela Pettengell with a gluten-free gingerbread cupcakeBest Cupcake Made With AlcoholWinnerHilary Edwards with a ginger, honey and Glenfiddich whisky toddy cupcakeHighly CommendedGemma Ginn with a Cuba Libre cupcakeThemed Cupcake of the YearWinnerLaura Morris with a chocolate banana fudge (Safari theme) cupcakeHighly CommendedKairen Hind with a Love it or Hate it Cupcakelast_img

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