6 12 2012

Hi dear readers,

It’s finally time for my insanely late competition. I did promise a back-to-school comp but as usual time ran away from me and I was sucked into a vortex of work in the batcave and several cakes (which I’ll share with you at some undetermined date in the future) However, I have finally uploaded and edited my pictures and it’s time to unveil some baking goodies for you to win.

I’ve been gathering up bits and pieces for several months. It isn’t worth a fortune in monetary terms but I’ve purchased everything myself and tried to pick a mix of fun and useful items. I think any baker would be happy to have really good measuring spoons and some great cutters along with some colourful sprinkles.

This is everything you can win in all its glory.


And some close ups of the goodies:

Funky, baking themed teatowels.


A cupcake notepad and some jelly cases. These are similar to cupcake/muffin wrappers but they’re stiff, almost plastic like bowls. I thought they would be great for display or holding sweets or nuts at a party.


Three types of cupcake cases. I particularly like the multi-coloured ones, they’re very retro.


A card cupcake stand. Very pink & frothy but fun for displaying party cupcakes.


An inverted palette knife for spreading frosting on cakes and a product I cannot live without; a great set of measuring spoons. I’ve gone through several different sets of spoons and these are definitely my favourite. They’re easily stored, a great size for fitting into awkward shaped tubs of baking powder & clearly marked.


Two packets of patterned cupcake wraps. I bought a few extra of these for myself, I’m waiting for a special occasion to try them out. They look so elegant, I can’t wait to see how they look.


Small leaf cutter set. One each of a square and round dual sided cutter set. These are some of my most used sets, great for cookies or fondant shapes. One side is straight edged while the other is scalloped.


And finally, a variety of sprinkles and a black edible writer. Everyone loves colourful sprinkles to brighten up a cupcake or even for topping your favourite dessert. The metallic sprinkles are harder to find here so I snapped some of these up. The pen is completely multi purpose, great for drawing detail on fondant figures and for handpainting cakes or cookies.

Okay, now that you’ve seen all the prizes on offer I guess you want to know how to get your hands on them?!

There are two ways to enter.

1) Leave a comment here telling me your favourite baking accessory and why. I love to hear what other baking fans think is the most essential item in their arsenal.

2) Tweet me your favourite baking equipment to @cakesandbakes and use the hashtag #CakesAndBakesNI Please remember if you’re a private user on twitter I won’t see your tweet, you will need to go public for it to reach me.

It’s one entry per person but if you leave a comment here AND tweet me you will be entered into the draw twice.

I’m going to jump on the crazy train and open this worldwide, if you win, as long as Royal Mail can deliver to you I will send your prizes. The competition is for everything pictured but to reduce costs I may post them in a few different packages.

Entrants will be assigned a number and entered into a random generator.

Entries must be received before midnight 30th Dec 2012. Winner will be announced in the New Year.

Please feel free to share the competition with your friends and through social media. Best of luck.

Updated to add the winner! Jagwal aka Gerard! I’ll be in touch soon to arrange delivery of your prizes. Thanks everyone for entering!



Cupcake Magic – Competition closed

28 03 2011

It’s time for my first ever blog competition. Over the years that I’ve been baking I’ve been drawn more towards cakes or other treats rather than cupcakes.  I think this is partly because there has been more demand for novelty cakes but it’s also because I was never very happy with lots of the cupcake recipes I tried. I discovered a few great vanilla recipes but had never pinned down a chocolate one that didn’t taste either dry or greasy. Someone bought me Cupcake Magic by Kate Shirazi and I was delighted to finally find a chocolate cupcake that I liked. I’ve only tried a few of her other recipes but the buttercream recipe is one I use almost every time I need a decent buttercream. It’s a great read as it’s not written like a traditional cookbook evidenced by her choice of names for both the cupcakes and the levels of difficulty involved, anyone who uses the word faff this much is a friend of mine.

I have one copy of Cupcake Magic to giveaway to my readers.

You will also win this natty apron. I’ve covered over certain letters for blog purposes but the apron has no censorship so you have been warned about the fully fledged cursing!

I’ll also throw in a few extra surprises for the winner from my collection of baking goodies, still to be decided!

This competition is open to international readers, the closing date for entries is Saturday 16th April 2011 at 4pm.

To be in with a chance of winning, comment on this post with your favourite existing cupcake flavour & also tell me; if you could choose any flavour combination in the world what cupcake would you create? Would it have a surprise filling, an unusual savoury topping…? I’ll choose a winner with a random generator and they will be contacted via email so be sure to leave an email address in order to be contacted for postal details.

Good Luck!

Edited to add: you should be able to add your email when you log in to comment so that only I can see it, just in case you were uncomfortable about putting your addy in your comment. Sorry for not clarifying that!


Congrats Lily Ramirez-Foram. There is an email on its way to you now to arrange posting of your prize. You were picked via