I had the pleasure of helping to judge the BakingMad.com Little Baker of the Year Competition 2011/2012 in London last Saturday. The judging panel was Ruth Clemens - runner up on 2010’s Great British Bake Off, Baking Mad’s home-baking expert Mitzie Wilson and a slightly starstruck me.
I was completely blown away by the confidence, technical skills and creativity shown by all the enthusiastic young bakers. It was such a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed it - not just because there was lots of cake to eat either.
After a long and tense bake off the winner that we chose was Abbie Perkins, from Wrexham who baked a light and totally delicious Rudolph Sponge Cake.
As the competition winner, Abbie will become the face of the kids section on Baking Mad.com, have her recipes published on the website, and will also win a year’s supply of baking ingredients courtesy of The Silver Spoon Company.
Here are details of the finalists and their delicious baking:
Errin made a gorgeous Frosty Christmas Scene out of cupcakes. She used Oreos for the snowman hats, sugarpaste decorations she made herself, and desiccated coconut for snow. We couldn't bear to eat one of the cute snowmen so we tasted one of the delicious Christmas tree cupcakes instead.
India made a Christmas Cranberry Snowball. She showed loads of technical skill by making Italian Meringue and chocolate leaves to use in her recipe, along with oat and cranberry biscuits for the base. Very impressive baking indeed!
Three different flavoured cupcakes made up Fidelma’s gorgeous Christmas Cupcake Wreath. Each was decorated differently according to the flavour of the cupcake. Great idea making three different flavours of cupcake as it means that everyone is happy no matter what their tastes. Very festive!
This is our winner Abbie's fabulous festive Rudolph Sponge which was light as a feather, filled with a delicate buttercream and topped with delicious chocolate. We took a slice out of the side so we didn't ruin Rudolph's smile. It most definitely tasted as good as it looked!
During the course of the day Baking Mad’s home-baking expert Mitzie Wilson showed our young bakers how to make Christmas Pudding Cake Pops. They had a great time decorating them and eating them after lunch.
I had a brilliant day, thanks to Baking Mad, Ruth, Mitzie and of course the fab young bakers who were so inspirational and amazed us with their skill.