The Iron Cupcake Challenge began in Milwaukee USA in 2008, and has since spread to a total of 15 different locations throughout the USA, Canada and the UK. Each city’s Iron Cupcake Challenge operates independently from the others, and therefore will have a different flavour theme. The theme for May’s Iron Cupcake London Challenge was fruit, and I immediately knew that I wanted to do a cinnamon and peach combination. When I was younger and living in Canada one of my favorite ways to eat fresh fruit was to cut up fresh peaches and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. The flavour combination was amazing, and I often enjoyed them on top of vanilla ice cream, and even waffles. Back home in North America cinnamon and peach is a very common combination and can be found in cobblers, pies, tarts, etc, but here in the UK the flavor combination is virtually unheard of. I’d never made a peach cupcake before, so I tried out 5 different recipes until I found the perfect combination – a cinnamon and peach flavoured cake, filled with a cinnamon and peach compote, and then topped off with a cinnamon cream cheese icing. To participate in the Iron Cupcake Challenge each baker can enter as many different cupcake flavors as they’d like, providing that they bake a minimum of 18 cupcakes of each flavor. The Cupcake Challenge starts off with all the bakers laying out their cupcakes so everyone can get a good look at the entries. When “eating time” comes along bakers and eaters (yes, you can enter as an eater for £5) get to eat as many cupcakes as they ‘d like, and then vote for the winner. Sitting with a group of friends works best so that you can take one of each cupcake, and then divide them into several pieces so they can be shared amongst everyone at the table. Doing this allows you to every flavor of cupcake without stuffing yourself so full that you never want to see another one again. When it came time to announce the winners, I was pretty sure my name wouldn’t be called since I had found out that cinnamon peach wasn’t a flavor combination that was popular here in the UK. To my surprise my name was called first, meaning that I had come runner up out of 25 entries in the amateur competition! Not bad for my first time entering a cupcake competition.
The theme for June’s challenge is “Celebration” and I’m already busy planning my next entry, so check back the week of June 7th to see what I whipped up and how I did!