Bake the Nation!

UK Celebration Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the Happy Egg Company (those free range eggs in the cute little yellow boxes) about a competition they were running with the Jamie Oliver Magazine. We always use free range eggs at Baked and I love a chance to get creative so it sounded promising. The competition is called ‘Bake The Nation‘ and they want people to make them a baked masterpiece that sums up the UK. The bakery is very busy at the moment (at some point I’m sure I’m going to end up trying to put a cake in the computer and my phone in the mixer) but I was definitely up for the challenge!

I got my thinking cap on and then waited for a break in the baking to give it a go. I decided to take the ‘Bake the Nation’ title as inspiration and chose to literally bake the nation. As Baked Cupcakery specialises in cupcakes (you probably guessed that from the name), it had to be a cupcake creation. As much as I love London and all the things that go on there, I wanted to celebrate the whole of the nation. I looked at the 12 regions of the UK (12 is a good baking number so I thought that was a good sign) and came up with a design to represent each one. What resulted is below…

Bake the Nation UK Cupcakes by Baked Cupcakery
Cupcakes to celebrate the UK in 2012 for the Happy Egg Co. Bake the Nation competition.
Baked Cupcakery 2012 UK Celebration Cupcakes!
Cupcakes to celebrate each region of the UK for the Happy Egg Co. Competition.

Here are the photos of all the regions… from the top!

Scotland

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Scotland Cupcake
Traditional tartan cupcake with mini sporran to represent Scotland

North East

UK Celebration Cupcakes - North East Cupcake
My home region! I have used the iconic Angel of the North to represent the North East.

North West

UK Celebration Cupcakes - North West Cupcake
To celebrate the North West I chose a Lake District inspired scene with a Beatles Yellow Submarine!

Yorkshire & the Humber

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Yorkshire & the Humber Cupcake
Rolling hills and of course Yorkshire puddings with a full Sunday dinner (even the gravy!) to represent Yorkshire & the Humber.

East Midlands

UK Celebration Cupcakes - East Midlands Cupcake
The historic Sherwood forest and Robbin Hood for the East Midlands!

West Midlands

UK Celebration Cupcakes - West Midlands
Spaghetti Junction cupcake for the West Midlands!

Wales

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Wales Cupcake
Welsh cupcake creation with rugby ball and daffodils.

East of England

UK Celebration Cupcakes - East of England Cupcake
Norfolk Broads cupcake to represent the East of England

South East

UK Celebration Cupcakes - South East
To celebrate the beautiful beaches we have in the UK!

South West

UK Celebration Cupcakes - South West Cupcake
I took the iconic Eden project to represent this South West of the UK

Northern Ireland

UK Celebration Cupcakes - Northern Ireland Cupcake
Shamrock decoration on grassy cliff top for the Northern Ireland cupcake

And of course, not forgetting our Capital!

London

UK Celebration Cupcakes - London
As the home of the Queen and with the Diamond Jubilee coming up in June, this seemed the best way to celebrate London!

I hope you enjoyed your tour of the UK through cupcakes. If you would like to enter the Happy Egg competition the closing date is the 1st of June… so plenty of time to get baking! Check out the other entries at the Happy Egg Co Facebook page, or to keep up to date with all of our baking creations, take a look at the Baked Cupcakery Facebook page (and give it a like if you wish :o)

Baked Cupcakery UK Jubilee Cupcake Celebration
A collection of cupcakes to represent each of the regions of the UK for the Jamie Oliver Magazine, Happy Egg Co. competition!
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More Tea?

Afternoon Cupcakes

So recently I have been eating my own weight in scones… Afternoon tea is my new big thing. Lovely little treats on pretty stands and plates is all I have been dreaming about. After making an afternoon tea for my friends to enjoy on my birthday, I began to think this would be a great service to offer to other people (because it is a bit of a faff to put together!)… and so Baked Afternoon Tea Service was born!

Baked Afternoon Tea
Fruit scone, cupcake and finger sandwich from out Afternoon Tea selection.

Baked has two spreads on offer with a minimum of 6 servings per order (that doesn’t mean to say you have to have 6 people eat it!). From finger sandwiches to macaroons and our delicious cupcakes of course, it is sure to go down a treat with friends and family. So whether it’s a girls night in or a family celebration – Afternoon tea is definitely the way to go

See more on our website!

Baked Afternoon Tea Menu
There are two spreads on offer the ‘Dainty Spread’ and the ‘Splendid Spread’. You can choose to hire our beautiful, pink polka dot tea set and stands from just £18.00.

If you choose to hire our tea set then don’t worry about the washing up – we come and take all your jam covered dishes away!

Bake Afternoon Tea Spread
Afternoon tea served on our pretty pink polka dot tea set.
Baked Afternoon Tea
Pink macaroon, strawberry, cupcake and finger sandwich.
Afternoon Tea set
Pretty in pink
Baked Afternoon Tea Spread
What better way to spend the afternoon?

Baked Afternoon Tea Stand