Berkeley baker's cupcake takes the biscuit in national competition
A BERKELEY baker has scooped a top prize in a national cupcake competition.
Denise Robbins, 45, won the best cupcake in the Great British Cupcake awards for her dazzling entry with a sugar woman appearing out of the top of a delicate cupcake.
Her cake was first entered into a coronation window competition at Finishing Touches cake shop in Thornbury, before it was recommended for the national competition.
A young coronation queen in her bubble bath adorns the cake. The figurine is made out of gum paste, shaded with powder colours and there are hand-rolled gum paste bubbles dusted with pearl lustre.
The cupcake itself was vanilla and butter iced with a layer of fondant icing on top.
The judges praised the detail and careful colouring and shading, awarding Ms Robbins the top prize of a cake mixer, cupcake carrier and set of cake decorating books.
Ms Robbins is now hoping to launch a business making celebration cakes.
When not creating her sweet treats she is busy cooking in the kitchens at Oldbury Power Station, although her first love is cake.
“I’m a bit obsessed with cakes,” she said. “Especially unusual ones. At the moment I like making cake toppers, like brides and grooms.”
She said that she puts around five or six hours work into each unique creation.
Her cupcake decorating classes have just started at Turberries in Thornbury. The Cake School meets on Monday evenings (7-9pm) and next week will be learning how to make a frog on a lily pad.
For more information contact the centre on 01454 868485.
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