Master pâtissier Eric Lanlard crowns one lucky BBC Lifestyle viewer winner of the Love Baking Cupcake Competition

Date: 07.08.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC Worldwide
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The winner of BBC Lifestyle’s ‘Love Baking Cupcake Competition’ has been chosen by master pâtissier Eric Lanlard, with the celebrity baker announcing and re-creating the successful winners original recipe on Monday 13th August after Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard at 20:30.

The ‘Love Baking Cupcake Competition’ which sought to find the best original cupcake recipe in Africa launched on the 9th June.  Viewers were asked to enter by submitting a photograph of themselves and their very own original cupcake creation, along with full recipe instructions and ingredients.   Over 370 applicants entered the competition in the hope of being crowned the Cupcake King or Queen of Africa.  As well as the promise of Eric Lanlard re-creating their recipe on BBC Lifestyle, the prize also included a Kenwood Food Mixer. 

The Love Baking Dream Team, which consisted of judges from BBC Lifestyle, judged the submitted recipes on a set criteria of appearance and taste until 10 finalists were shortlisted.  You can see which recipes were selected at  It was then the task of master baker Eric Lanlard, star of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard and Glamour Puds, to decide which of the recipes should be crowned the winner of the Love Baking Cupcake Competition.    Discussing the judging process Eric commented: “I would like to say how impressed I was with the number of applicants and the high standard and quality of entries we received from our viewers and fans. It really showed that the country has gone “BAKING MAD” which is great! Picking a winner from the hundreds of delicious recipes we received certainly wasn’t easy as there was so much creativity and originality displayed.”

To find out the winner of the competition tune in to BBC Lifestyle on Monday 13th August, when Eric will be re-creating the winning recipe in a short vignette scheduled to air after the cupcake themed episode of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard at 20:30.

The Love Baking season continues this spring, promising BBC Lifestyle viewers more exclusive access to the very best British talent and TV programming with the launch of new face Lorraine Pascale and her show Baking Made Easy.  Combining glamour with skill, this rising new star will be making her exclusive debut appearance on the channel from Tuesday 11th September at 21:00.  Already a huge success in the UK, Baking Made Easy sees Lorraine offer viewers quick and easy to daring, dazzling and inspiring dishes with a real wow factor.

The Love Baking season will also see the launch of the hugely popular British amateur baking competition the Great British Bake Off.  Airing exclusively on BBC Lifestyle on Tuesday 4th September at 20:00, this distinctive and engaging show follows ten amateur bakers as they have their baking skills put to the test through a series of challenges judged by Britain’s finest professional bakers. Each week the Bake Off will test the contestants on different baking disciplines with their efforts being carefully scrutinised to see if they’ve got what it takes to be crowned ‘Great British Bake Off’s Best Amateur Baker’.

So stay tuned to the Love Baking season this spring, as BBC Lifestyle continues its commitment to bringing audiences exclusive access to the very best British chefs and television programming.