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National Cupcake Championships: behind the scenes

The National Cupcake Championships bring out the very best in cupcake bakers - and now you get a chance to look behind the scenes. This video outlines what happened on the day of the Championships - which saw Mrs B's Cakes steal the show with a Wild Blueberry & Belgian Chocolate cupcake in the Made with Chocolate category, a Chambord Bramble Berry number in the Made with Alcohol category and a Spiced Apple and Blackberry cupcake in the Classic category, which took the overall award.

Finalists at the event, which was sponsored by Barry Callebaut and Hello and.., were also treated to a series of chocolate masterclasses. Commenting on the Championships, Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: "All of our winners demonstrated superb skills and innovation. And Champion Mrs B's Cakes, owned by Helen Bollen, impressed the judges with her range. "But these Championships and National Cupcake Week are nothing without you: the bakers."
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National Cupcake Week Winners revealed!

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A baker from Wiltshire swept the board at the National Cupcake Championships 2015 winning three categories as well as the Overall Champion crown.

Mrs B’s Cakes stole the show with her Wild Blueberry & Belgian chocolate cupcake in the Made with Chocolate category, a Chambord Bramble Berry number in the Made with Alcohol category and a Spiced Apple and Blackberry cupcake in the Classic category, which took the overall award.

Mrs B, also known as Helen Bollen, said: “I am absolutely thrilled beyond words to win this. It is something I have been working towards for the last four years and it is going to mean so much to my business.

“It means that my cakes are good and it is so good to have that endorsement.

“This will help future customers trust in me especially when I am doing wedding cakes and wedding cupcakes.”

2015 cupcake winners

The judges said the fruit in Bollen's Spiced Apple and Blackberry cupcake cut through the sweetness, creating a perfectly balanced cupcake.

So Sweet Couture Cake Boutique won the Free From category with a Gluten Free Raspberry Kiss; Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery won the Children’s category with a Strawberry Marshmallow Milkshake; and Yellow Bee Cake Company took the Seasonal category with a Witches Cauldron.

While the judging took place, the 60 finalists were treated to two chocolate masterclasses by Barry Callebaut, which sponsored the event.

The event was also sponsored by Hello and… and hosted by British Bakels at its centre in Bicester.

National Cupcake Week is here until Sunday so make the most of it and tell us what you're up to at @CupcakeWeek.