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Make sure you check out small business author Emma Jones' exclusive blog for National Cupcake Week. Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, offers advice on how to turn a passion for making cupcakes into a thriving business. With tips on finding your niche, making sales, and promoting your business, Jones offers a wealth of advice for all you budding entrepreneurs. Just click here to view her guest blog.
Entries open for 2013 National Cupcake Championships!
It is official; the 2013 National Cupcake Championships are now open for entries. This year we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with top baking and decorations show Cake International, and will be hosting the competition finals at the Birmingham show at the NEC on 9 November.
And that's not all: this year will also see the launch of our first consumer competition, which will run alongside the professional competition. Don't worry, though, the categories will be judged separately, and it means we will be awarding two crowns on the day - the National Cupcake Champion - Professional, and the National Cupcake Champion - Home Baking.
The categories have also been given a bit of a spring clean and we have streamlined it down to four categories: Classic Cupcake of the Year, Themed Cupcake of the Year, Best Cupcake of the Year Made with Alcohol, and Free-from Cupcake of the Year.
We will pick a winner in each category, then all the category winners will go forwards to be judged in the overall final, where we will find the 2013 National Cupcake Champions.
Entries are online only - just follow the link to the entry forms below. ** The closing date for entries is 19th July **
The National Cupcake Championships is an annual competition that forms part of our National Cupcake Week (16-22 September 2013).
Video: National Cupcake Championships launch
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