Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Iron Cupcake London June Challenge - Celebration

It’s the 1 year anniversary of Iron Cupcake London (ICL) so the theme was ‘celebration’.  Happy Birthday ICL! I was surprised that it was probably the quietest event I’ve attended so far especially since it’s a celebration for ICL.

There were definitely more eaters than bakers this time which didn’t help when it was time for the mad scrimmage for cakes. Unfortunately there was a problem with the flooring this time (it was raised) which meant a row of chairs placed to prevent people tripping over them thus creating an obstacle course of sorts. It was near enough impossible to get to the cakes as only a few people could actually fit by the bar where the cakes are. I didn't even get anywhere near the bar when I went to refill the tray as people just grabbed the cakes off my tray en route.

Luckily I had lots of friends with me this time and we managed to get a good selection of cakes. I got there really early as I needed to finish decorating my cakes (with flake bars and cherries) I therefore managed to take photos of just about every entry which is probably a first for me. So be prepared to be dazzled with lots and lots of photos of cake here. I’d suggest making a cup of tea :)  

Special mention to my fellow baker friend, Karen who made an amazing ‘choc velvet’ cupcake. This is her secret recipe chocolate cake (I’ve already asked for the recipe but it’s a secret) topped with a wonderful cream cheese frosting. Love her icing technique.

You can read the label quite clearly for most of the cakes so I won't repeat myself. Will make a few notes here and there. Enjoy :)

Do check out the caked crusader website in a few days time for a full write up and more pictures.

L to R :Best decorated cupcake, Winner of amateur category, runner up of amateur category.

My ice-cream cupcakes.
These were delicious. I love the little umbrellas. They were made by Anne of I heart cupcakes

Only managed to taste a crumb of this but it was good. These were made by Andrea of Made With Pink

Definitely got my vote for best decorated cupcake. Absolutely stunning! Made by the same baker, Andrea of Made With Pink

One of my favourites (there are many!)

They're so cute!
Love the look of these. Tasted good too. Everyone keeps asking about these. They were made by Kelly of An American Cupcake in London

These were yummy, love the caramel cream cheese frosting. How cute are the champagne candles?

Runner up in the professional category. Another favourite of mine. I have a weakness for peanut butter.

Karen's entry - choc velvet. Definitely a winner in my book.

Praline cupcake, yet another fav

I really liked this as well - it had celebrations chocolate baked in it.
Loved the profiteroles

Didnt get to try this one but looks quite impressive
Winner of professional category. I personally don't like apricots or rice pudding but I really liked this cake. It was really delicious!

Cant remember what berry was in the cake with elderflower but it was yummy

Chocolate orange cake

Still amazed by the decoration

Brownie cupcake with popping candy in the chocolate balloon. I had a taste of the cake which tasted like brownie - yum! Sadly I didnt get to try the chocolate as it was gone by the time I got back to the table :(  These were made by Gem of Cupcake Crazy Gem

Thanks again to everyone who voted for me :)


  1. Thanks for the comprehensive round up! I enjoyed looking at all the pics since I missed seeing them all at the start! I'm sad you didn't get to try the lolly..I even had spare lollies in the tin I brought, if only I'd known!
    Lucky you, being brought back mint chips...I have a friend going to NY, I may just ask them to do the same now you've given me the idea!
    Thanks for all the blog husbands away this week so I've been blogging like crazy!! haha
    My baking cupboard doesn't always look that good which is why I snapped it when it did!

  2. How Fun!!! I would love to be surrounded by cupcakes! I love the popcorn cupcakes. So cute. Your ice-cream cupcakes look darling! Great job!

  3. I'm not a big fan of peanut butter but I love the idea of a flag in a cupcake. They all look lovely, I couldn't pick a winner!

  4. Just amazing! What talent you all have - well done to all!

  5. whoa, I would not have been able to contain my sweet tooth! Everything looks incredible! How fun!!

  6. What a fun event. It must have been hard for the judges to choose from so many fabulous looking cup cakes.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH


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