Sunderland cupcake creator bakes Britain for competition

Owner of Baked Cupcakery, Helena Reed has entered Bake the Nation competition with her regional themed cupcakes.

Owner of Baked Cupcakery, Helena Reed has entered Bake the Nation competition with her regional themed cupcakes.

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A BAKING fanatic has captured the nation in 12 cupcakes.

Helena Reed, 26, from Tunstall, entered national baking competition Bake the Nation.

Owner of Baked Cupcakery, Helena Reed has entered Bake the Nation competition with her regional themed cupcakes.

Owner of Baked Cupcakery, Helena Reed has entered Bake the Nation competition with her regional themed cupcakes.

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.

Owner of Baked Cupcakery, Helena Reed has entered Bake the Nation competition with her regional themed cupcakes.

Owner of Baked Cupcakery, Helena Reed has entered Bake the Nation competition with her regional themed cupcakes.

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.

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