Thursday, 4 November 2010

A Day at Cupcake Camp London

OK, I know the cupcake craze is still strong in London, but last Sunday, the number of people who came to Cupcake Camp London was incredible. There were thousands of people there, all trying to buy some of the thousands of amazing cupcakes donated by amateur and professional cupcakers in the UK to raise money for the North London Hospice. Here's a peek at the crowds....


....and this is just one room, the crowds continued into other stalls, where all the wonderful cupcakes were available for sale. Here's a sample of what was on offer.....so much to choose from!!!

 


I particularly loved all of the Halloween-inspired cupcakes. Here's a plate of spooky sweetness.......


During the day there were several competitions for bakers to enter - Best Taste, Best Vegan, Taste of London, Little Work of Art, Most Unique Ingredient,and Halloween-inspired. Here's the table with some of the entries - how amazing do they all look??


The judging panel held some serious talent  Mary Berry, Edd Kimber (winner of the Great British Bake Off), Martha Swift & Lisa Thomas (owners of Primrose Bakery), Lily Vanilli, Elizabeth Hastrop, Ms Cupcake and Alastair Campbell. They spent over 2 hours tasting and judging all of the categories.Here they are at work.....


I entered into the Little Work of Art category with a vintage-inspired creation.......
 
Here are some of the other entries I was up against - so amazing!!!!..............


There was only one winner in each category and I didn't take the prize. But I was thrilled to get a special mention for my entry in the Best Taste category - my mojito cupcake. I've previously written about this cake and posted the recipe here!!!

Over £4,000 was raised for the North London Hospice....which is such a great achievement. A film was made of the day, which is currently being edited, but it will be available soon on the Cupcake Camp London website. Rumour has it that this will become an annual event - I really hope so, it was such a great day and I can't wait to take part next time.

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