A BAKING fanatic has captured the nation in 12 cupcakes.
Helena Reed, 26, from Tunstall, entered national baking competition Bake the Nation.
Helena, who owns Sunderland-based Baked Cupcakery, looked at the 12 regions of the UK for inspiration, deciding to bake and decorate a cupcake for each one.
Helena said: “I sat down and had a good think about what I would do. I wanted to represent a bit of everything, rather than just London.
“Even thoughI can’t bear to throw them away now, they are definitely not edible.”
For Scotland, Helena decorated the cupcake with tartan and a mini sporran. The North East was represented by the iconic Angel of the North, the North West was captured with a Lake District scene completed with a Beatles yellow submarine.
Rolling hills and a full Sunday dinner with Yorkshire puddings were the decoration for Yorkshire’s cupcake, and Sherwood Forest and a Robin Hood-style hat were the focus for the East Midland’s cupcake.
Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction was the West Midland’s cupcake and the Welsh cupcake was represented by daffodils and a rugby ball.
The Norfolk Broads topped the East of England cupcake, a sandy beach showed the South East and the Eden Project represents the South West.
London is represented by a jubilee crown, and a shamrock on a grassy top shows Northern Ireland.
Helena has enjoyed baking since she was a little girl and turned her passion into a career in October.
“It’s stressful at times, but I’ve had a few large orders,” she said.
The competition is being run by The Happy Egg Co in conjunction with Jamie Oliver’s food magazine to celebrate an event-packed summer in the UK.
The winner will be announced on June 14 and will receive £800-worth of kitchen equipment, a year’s supply of Happy Egg Co eggs and cake- decorating and baking classes.