Finalists revealed for National Cupcake Championships

first_imgBritish Baker, the organiser of National Cupcake Week, is delighted to announce the finalists of the National Cupcake Championships 2011.The event, now in its third year, pits the best cupcake makers in the country against one another and marks the first milestone in the run-up to National Cupcake Week, which takes place 12-18 September.The finalists – the cream of the UK’s professional cupcake makers – will battle it out for the crown of National Cupcake Champion at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on 15 August.“The number of entries has nearly doubled each year in the three years that we’ve hosted this event,” said British Baker deputy editor Andrew Williams. “Cupcakes have often been written off as a fad, but because the flavours and designs keep evolving, they continue growing in popularity.“This year we’ve seen a notable shift away from some of the overly sweet cupcakes of the past – a response perhaps to changing consumers’ palates and a distancing from the American style of cupcake that has dominated in recent years.”He added that the surge in home baking of cupcakes had driven ever higher standards from those who bake professionally.“Last year the UK witnessed a boom in home-baked cupcakes, accounting for nearly a third of all cupcakes consumed, and helping to push cupcake consumption up by 52%* year on year,” he commented. “Bakers have had to raise their game and really innovate with flavour combinations – using tricks and skilled techniques that are hard to replicate at home – to make sure people keep buying cupcakes.”* Source: Kantar Worldpanel, 52 w/e end of Feb 2011National Cupcake Championships finalistsAbsolute TreatsApril BakeryBeach House BakeryBibi’s BakeryCakeadoodledoCall Me CupcakesCameo CupcakesCharmaine’s CupcakesCinnamon SquareClaire’s Handmade CakesClassy CupcakesClevercow CakesCocktail Couture – CCTreatsCrazy BakerCrazy Moose BakeryCrumbs CupcakeryCuppa Cake CompanyDavid JenkinsDelicakesEat Me CupcakesFantasweets CupcakeFatherson BakeryFrost and SnowGreggs PlcHey Little Cupcake!HoneyOrb BakeryHouse of Cakes by Helena CostaIce Maiden CakesIced Gems of SwanageKimmy Loves CakeLady Jayne’s CakesLet them Eat CakeLittle Suzi’s KitchenLove Cakes LondonMamas [email protected] CupcakesOrganic DelightsPeggy’s CupcakesRachel’s CupcakesRhubarb & RaspberryRich Products/AsdaRosewood CakesSweet & Wicked CupcakesSweet ThingsTea Loves CakeThe Beehive BakeryThe Cupcake BakeryThe Little House of CupcakesThe Penny Lane BakerBritish Baker would like to thank everybody who took the time and effort to enter this year and hopes that those who missed out on a final place will try again in 2012.last_img read more

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Ellen Showers Praises on Nimba County

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised citizens of Nimba County for “standing by her government over the years.”Speaking in Saclepea, Central Nimba, while touring the county on Monday, February 20, she also praised the citizens for the level of development they have undertaken across the county during her regime.The President said undertaking development projects is not only assigned to the Office of the President, but rather to every Liberian, including the legislature, the judiciary, the office of the superintendent, chiefs, citizens and legal foreign residents.What the county has done is worthy of commendation, because the residents saw that the government had created an enabling environment, she said.She also praised the private sector for the level of investment in the country, something she said gave a boost to her administration.President Sirleaf admonished the citizens to continue in their development path, “because everyone needs to build on your good example.”The President arrived in Ganta on February 19, and attended the closing ceremony of the United Methodist Church annual conference where she was honored for her achievements as the first female President of Liberia and Africa.She visited the abandoned Ganta – Sanniquellie road where she reaffirmed government’s commitment to reconstructing the road.On Monday, she interacted with petty traders on the sidewalk of Ganta’s main street, and also particpated in a conference held under the theme: “Partnership for Schools in Liberia.” The President applauded the Ministry of Education for the level of progress made so far in the Public Private Partnership initiative in Liberia that has seen a rise in student enrolment to over 1.5 million.Earlier in Seclepea, the President dedicated the newly constructed city hall that was funded with money from the ArcelorMittal Social Development Fund.As part of her visit, the President also extended her trip to Kparblee, where she dedicated the feeder road connecting Griae to Behwahlay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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