Category Archives: Competitions

WIN £150 cash PLUS a masterclass with Eric Lanlard is sponsoring the Cake and Bake Show this year, and YOU have a chance to WIN £150 cash PLUS a masterclass with Eric Lanlard!   

Here’s how:

Gingerbread fans across the country are being invited to reserve a plot in the Tastiest Gingerbread Village at the Manchester Cake & Bake Show in April.

Competitors can enter their plans for their unique gingerbread structure online, and the organisers will select the most promising entrants to bring their creation to the show to form part of the gingerbread village display.

Winners will be selected by a judging panel including master patissiere Eric Lanlard, and prizes will be awarded in both adult and junior categories.

The judges will be looking for originality, creativity, build structure, innovative design and of course taste.

Billington’s unrefined sugars are the perfect ingredient for your gingerbread recipe. Locking in, rather than refining out, the natural molasses of the sugar cane this process ensures Billington’s has a unqiue richness and taste which will transform your home baking.

The organisers are keen not to restrict your imagination and so the only real limitations are the size of the plot – 12 x 12 inches, with entrants free to create any structure from gingerbread, not just houses, with landscaping and gardens etc encouraged. So be inspired by your childhood memories of the edible creations in Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Hansel and Gretel and send in your ideas for your candy-clad constructions today via


There are just two categories – adults and juniors – so it’s a competition open to all – and with £150 cash PLUS a masterclass with master patissiere Eric Lanlard (worth £195!) on offer as the first prize in the adult category, as well as £100 cash for the runner up, why not enter? Junior winners will receive £100 cash and a Billington’s goody bag, with £50 cash for the runner up.


For design inspiration visit the Cake & Bake Shows’ pinterest board for the competition –

And for the tastiest gingerbread ingredients, visit

Good luck!

Silver Spoon’s Local Little Hero Awards

Do you know a little hero with a sweet tooth?

Eric Lanlard will be baking our Local Little Hero 2012 a delicious cake.

Our friends at Silver Spoon have teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to launch the Silver Spoon Local Little Hero Awards 2012. They are scouring the country for local heroes under the age of 18 who have done something truly special. Your local little hero could have looked after their little sister when they were ill, gone to great lengths to make Mother’s Day very special, or done something fantastic to raise money for charity.

If you know someone under 18 in your local area who you think would be a worthy winner, simply tell us in 100 words who you are nominating, why and what cake you would like to bake them to say thank you. 10 lucky runners up will also bag themselves a Silver Spoon baking hamper packed full of exciting treats. The competition closes on 20th September so get your nominations in now.

It’s the perfect chance to say thank you to your little hero so nominate today to make your hero’s day.

Click here to enter.

Win Tickets to Cake International

Calling all cake decorating fans! 

We’ve teamed up with the organisers of Cake International to offer a pair of tickets to 10 lucky Baking Mad fans for their brand new show at the ExCeL, London Docklands from the 27th – 29th April 2012. 

This fantastic show will be bringing the best in cake decorating and baking to the London region for the very first time and visitors to the show will be treated to the latest cutting edge products and techniques from a huge variety of exhibitors from across the UK and abroad.

But that’s not all! Jo Wheatley, winner of the Great Bake Off will also be at the show giving her top tips and advice for baking success. We just can’t wait!

For a chance to get your hands on a pair of tickets become a fan of BakingMadUk on Facebook and upload a picture of your best decorated cake or cupcake between 2nd-6th April. Everyday we’ll be choosing our favourite two entries and sending the winners a pair of tickets each.

Can’t wait to win? Call the ticket hotline now on 01425 277988 or go to for more information.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

Acceptance of the terms and conditions is a condition of entry.

To enter the competition, you ‘like’ the BakingMadUk Facebook page and upload a photo of your best decorated cupcake between 2nd-6th April 2012.

This competition is open to UK residents only aged 18 or over and excludes any person whom in the competition Organiser’s reasonable opinion, should be excluded due to their involvement or connection with this competition.

One entry per person only. Entries from agents/third parties are invalid.

Entries must be received no later than midnight (GMT) on Friday 6th April. Entries received after this date will not be entered.

The prize is sponsored by Cake International. The prize is one pair of tickets to the event between 27th-29th April, not including transport or accomodation. The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative.

Winners will be chosen by Tuesday 10th April and will be notified via email by Friday 13th April. If the winners cannot be contacted within 10 days alternative winners will be selected.

It is a condition of the entry that the competition winners agree to be available for, and participate in, any public relations activity arranged by the Organiser.

The Organiser’s decision in all matters relating to the competition is final and legally binding on all entrants and no correspondence will be entered into. The Organiser reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose the competition without prior notice. Should events occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Organiser, the Organiser may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion.

Entries not submitted in accordance with the rules, illegible, incomplete or altered will be disqualified.

Win a chance to appear in the Little Book of Treats!

Our friends at Silver Spoon and Macmillan Cancer Support are collaborating to run an exciting competition for fantastic foodie bloggers in the UK.

They’re looking for keen bloggers who love to bake to enter their favourite luxury recipe to win a chance to feature in the new edition of Macmillan2011 Little Book of Treats Cancer Support’s Little Book of Treats 2012.

The book will be on sale in M&S Cafes  throughout August and September and 100% of the proceeds will go towards people affected by cancer.

The recipes should be

– Innovative and exciting with a touch of  luxuriousness
– Easy to replicate with everyday kitchen utensils and easy to source ingredients
– Visibly pleasing to the eye with a ‘wow’ factor
– Taste great!

Indulgent Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

The winning recipes will appear along with your name and blog in the book. They will be tested by a home economist and photographed professionally. The runners up will be featured on Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning website throughout August and September 2012.

Creme Brulee Cupcakes

How to Enter

To enter e-mail with the title ‘Little Book of Treats‘ in the subject header. Include the following in your e-mail:

– Recipe title
– Recipe ingredients
– Size/how many portions
– Recipe method
– A picture
– Your full name
– A link to your blog

Competition closes on the 25th April 2012, click here for the terms and conditions.

To take part in Macmillan Cancer Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, follow this link to register your event –

Get a Free Herb Garden with Allinson


Spring has finally sprung and what better way to celebrate than by planting some fresh herbs  to use in your baking?

From quiches, to tarts and freshly baked loaves, we’ve got some fantastic recipe ideas to inspire you.

And Allinson are giving you the chance to claim your very own herb garden, complete with everything you need to get started – trough, soil and seeds. Just follow the simple planting and watering instructions and you’ll be harvesting your crop in no time.

To acquire one of these lovely wooden herb garden kits, all you need is to collect 6 tokens from special promotional packs of Allinson Bread and send them to Allinson plus a £2 contribution towards the cost of postage. Or alternatively you could save 3 tokens and pay £5 which includes the cost of postage.

Once you have these [click here] to go to the application form, complete your details, print it off and send it to us along with a cheque/postal order for the correct amount made payable to ALLINSON HERB GARDEN PROMOTION PO Box 1079, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1GY by 30/09/12 .

Click here to view the Terms and Conditions.

Special packs are available from the following retailers:

Brown Batch with the Taste of Sourdough– Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Ocado

Sunflower & Pumpkin Batch– Asda, Tesco, Morrinsons, Ocado

Wholemeal Batch 800g– Asda, Tesco, Morrinsons, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Waitrose, Iceland

Allinson Wholemeal Batch Loaf 400g – Morrisons, Iceland, Waitrose, Ocado

Baking Mad Valentine’s Blogger Competition

This Valentines we are holding a special Valentine’s Bloggervalentine cake Competition for 15 willing baking bloggers. 

We will be sending a range of delicious products out to passionate baking bloggers with the challenge being to make something delicious that you would like to receive on Valentine’s Day.

Once you receive the products you can use them to get creative; cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, chocolates, whatever you like, and when you’re done post your creation on your blog to be judged by Baking Mad with a description of what it is.

The winner will receive:

 – 30pc set of plunger cutters you can use to create beautiful shapes with icing

– A set of heart shaped silicone cupcake cases

– A range of Nielsen Massey Extracts including Madagascan Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Lemon Extract, Orange Extract, Almond Extract and Vanilla Paste

plunger cutterscupcake casesNielsen Massey

Three runners up will receive:

– A set of 24 Tulip Muffins Casestulip cases

If you think you’d like to take part then simply comment on this post with a link to your blog.  We will pick 15 top blogs who we think are most up for the challenge and comment on them on here, so make sure you check back!

If you don’t get picked you can still enter the competition. Blog about your own Valentine’s creation and send a link to with the title ‘Valentine’s Blogger Competition’ saying you would like to be included for the prize draw.

We’ll be sending the 15 bloggers a range of Silver Spoon Create products to get creative with; a range of edible cake decorations and baking ingredients from Silver Spoon.

For some Valentine’s inspiration see’s Valentine’s Recipes to keep the romance sweet this Valentine’s Day.

Sounds like fun? We think so!

* Any bloggers wishing to take part must comment on this post before 12pm 31st Jan 2012

*All competition entries must be published before 14.02.12, and Baking Mad notified of the post by contacting

* One entry per person

* Full terms and conditions will be sent via e-mail to participating bloggers

Little Baker of the Year 2011/2012

In the summer we launched our Little Baker of The Year 2011/2012 competition, in the hope of discovering the next generation of home bakers. We were overwhelmed with the number of entries and are excited to announce our final four Little Bakers who have been chosen to compete in our grand Bake Off on Saturday 17th December.

The four finalists have been tasked with developing a recipe that best represents Christmas and will be judged on their skill, creativity, presentation and the all important taste of their treats. On the judging panel we have Mitzie, our very own Baking Mad expert, along with guest judges Michelle Rice, author of the fabulous Utterly Scrummy blog and baking extraordinaire Ruth Clemens, finalist on the Great British Bake Off 2010.

The overall winner will be crowned Baking Mad Little Baker of the Year 2011/2012, become the face of the kid’s baking section on and win a year’s supply of baking ingredients courtesy of the Silver Spoon company.

Meet our finalists…

India MuschampIndia-Photo
Age: 10
From: St. Albans
Favourite thing(s) to bake: Cakes and Biscuits
Would most like to bake for: Michel Roux Snr.
Favourite TV Chef: Rachel Allen

For the Bake Off India will be baking a Christmas Cranberry Snowball. India said “I got the idea from Australian Masterchef and thought it would be a challenge. I took the recipe and have made it my own.”

Abbie PerkinsAbbie-Photo2
Age: 8
From: Wrexham
Favourite thing(s) to bake: Victoria Sponge Cake
Would most like to bake for: Rowan Atkinson
Favourite TV Chef: Hugh Fearnely Whittingstall

Abbie is hoping that her recipe for Rudolph Sponge Cake will impress the judges at the Bake Off. “I chose to do this recipe because Christmas always makes me think of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and I love sponge cakes!”

Fidelma O’RiordanFidelma-Photo
Age: 10
From: Southampton
Favourite thing(s) to bake: Cupcakes- I just love decorating them!
Would most like to bake for: The Saturdays!
Favourite TV Chef: Anne Thornton

For the Bake Off Fidelma will be putting her baking skills to the test as she makes a Christmas Cupcake Wreath. She said “Christmas is about making everyone happy so I’m making three different types of cupcakes so everyone can enjoy something.”

Erinn MurphyErinn-Photo2   

Age: 12
From: Co. Down
Favourite thing(s) to bake: Raspberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes
Would most like to bake for: The cast of Harry Potter
Favourite TV Chef: Rachel Allen

Erinn will be baking a Frosty Christmas Scene for the judges. “I love creative decorating” Erinn told us “and I’ve added some cinnamon to my recipe to make it taste of Christmas.”

The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off 2011 has been one of the greatest success stories of the year. The popularity of the TV programme has encouraged so many people to get experimenting in the kitchen and is in part responsible for the fabulous home baking revival we’ve seen in recent times. Imagine then our delight when we heared that the TV show is now recruiting new applicants for the next series, due to be aired next year.

So if you’ve got a signature cake that would blow Mary Berry’s socks off, or a tantalising loaf that would wow bread baking guru Paul Hollywood, then now’s your chance to put your skills to the test and face the ultimate baking challenge! To download an application form visit Last date for entry is 31st January 2012.

Win Tickets to Taste of Christmas

Of all the festive foodie events taking place this year, we’re particularly looking forward to attending Taste of Christmas in London between 2nd- 4th December.

Taste of Christmas invites food lovers to indulge in a day of adventurous festive eating, shopping, and entertainment. You’ll also find plenty of inspiration from some of the country’s best chefs, including Eric Lanlard, Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rachel Allen, Gary Rhodes and Michel Roux Jr. They’ll help you refine that ambitious festive menu and prepare for the ultimate season of extravagance.

A selection of London’s top restaurants will also be serving up seasonal menus designed to inspire, so give your tastebuds a treat and create your own menu from some of the capital’s finest kitchens. Between bites, browse for that ideal gift, essential ingredient or winter warmer at the boutique market and stock up on old and new festive favourites.

After a full day’s shopping, settle down to a fine wine tasting or to learn about the best cheese and chocolate for your Christmas table or a cozy night in. And while you’re feeling hands-on, join an interactive cookery class – it’s sure to fire up your imagination and help you hone that holiday feast.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to this mouth-watering event. To enter our competition simply visit our Facebook page.

If you’re not lucky enough to win, why not take advantage of our exclusive offer. Buy 2 standard tickets for £26 and save £18 on the door price – simply call 0871 230 7132 and quote BAKINGMAD when booking.

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National Cupcake Week Competition Winners

We are please to announce the winners from competition last week to celebrate National Cupcake Week are:

Monday – Silver Spoon Create Vanilla Bean Paste

  1. Lucy Valasso
  2. Marylord Jones
  3. Rock Cakes
  4. Sharon Ronnie Harvey
  5. Amy Mottram
  6. Lyana White
  7. Claire Shaw
  8. Tanya Mahon
  9. Kate Austen
  10. Christine V Taylor
  11. Sam Webster
  12. Helen Ritchie
  13. Tracy Butler
  14. Samira Mohammed
  15. Emma Towle
  16. Sarah Clarke
  17. SilCakesetc London
  18. Julie Rudd
  19. Diane Pearce
  20. Marian Coburn

 Tuesday – Silver Spoon Create Chocolate Snowies

  1. Sara Waddington
  2. Christine V Taylor
  3. Lucy Birks
  4. Barbara Corbett
  5. Tracy Butler
  6. Dawn Goldsmith-Lamming
  7. Rosie Jones
  8. Carole Carr
  9. Kate Buckland
  10. Sherley Gelleburn
  11. Janice Papworth
  12. Julie Marney
  13. Helen Ritchie
  14. Sue Golden
  15. Marylord Jones
  16. Naomi James
  17. Tracey Edwards
  18. Katy Daly
  19. Cucina Italiana
  20. Emma Gilpin


Wednesday  – Silver Spoon Create Easy Melt Chocolate

  1. Sharon Catlow
  2. Katy Daly
  3. Heidi Douglass
  4. Liz Crook
  5. Kathryn Seddon
  6. Rebecca Wigham
  7. Donna Sargent
  8. Kaye Wemyss
  9. Lisa Tebby
  10. Andrea angelcakes Howatson
  11. Sarah Gilbert
  12. Lydia Jones
  13. Sue Golden
  14. Randi Nicole
  15. Tracy Butler
  16. Richard Tomtom Hayward
  17. Lucy Birks
  18. Safia Roxanna Haleem
  19. Dawn Jenner
  20. Emma Gilpin

 Thursday – Silver Spoon Create Orange Chocolate Buttons

  1. Nikki Hayes
  2. Kath Humphreys
  3. Rebecca Hodgson
  4. Safia Roxanna Haleem
  5. Helen Ritchie
  6. Lauren Leitch
  7. Beth Byett
  8. Angela Eckton
  9. Gem Melin X
  10. Sharon Clensy
  11. Sue Golden
  12. Lydia Gilbert
  13. Julie Marney
  14. Cucina Italiana
  15. Kelly Gaffney
  16. Rach A James
  17. Cheryl Marsh
  18. Divine Cake Design
  19. Jo Egan
  20. Heidi Douglass

 Friday – Silver Spoon Create White Chocolate Stars

  1. Heidi Douglass
  2. Leanne Farnell
  3. Kath Humphreys
  4. Laura Magnavacca
  5. Diane Pearce
  6. Emma Gilpin
  7. Lulu Osborne
  8. Lucy Gooding
  9. SilCakesetc London
  10. Twila Midgley
  11. Cucina Italiana
  12. Carole Carr
  13. Robyn Renren Shaw
  14. Janne-Marie Regan
  15. Lisa Tebby
  16. Rebecca Crowdey
  17. The Cupcake Queen
  18. Becca Ljungberg
  19. Jacintha Sugnaseelan
  20. Kathryn Seddon

Please could you make sure you send an email to confirming your name and address. All samples will be sent out by 7th October. Address details must be submitted by Monday 26th September to ensure you receive your sample.