BBC Lifestyle launched a cupcake competition as they launched Eric Lanlard’s new show in South Africa, Baking Mad. Every entrant had to enter a picture of themselves with their cupcake and their cupcake recipe. Having just started baking again after being off my feet for 2 months I decided to enter this competition. Being my usual undecided Leo self I got my friends to vote for the best cupcake between, Honey and Pistachio, Pink Pepper and Citrus, Orange Velvet and Amarula Cupcakes. There was a mostly even vote for all these cupcakes with the votes for the Honey and Pistachio just topping the others so I went with photographing this cupcake.
Off I set with my cupcakes, camera and matching lime green jersey and arrived at the Memory Shed at Weltevereden Farm for Lisa Nadene to take some photos of me with my cupcakes. As usual Lisa has a great eye for settings and she chose to shoot these photos of me behind the old car on the farm. I must mention that I am not easy to photograph as everyone knows as mostly I am either talking too much or showing off way too many teeth in photos and then I get hugely self conscious and don’t know what to do with myself at all. If I had been wearing a hat I would have had to take it off to Lisa that day for capturing such fun shots of me, looking actually quite good and my cupcakes looking absolutely brilliant.
Thanks to Lisa and her patience we had 90 photos to choose from and we picked the 7 odd best ones and then I chose from those the one to enter for the competition. It still took me ages to put my entry through as I kept thinking what if I don’t make it to the 10 finalists? Eventually I thought what do I have to lose by entering and I plucked up the courage and sent through my entry. Ok I didn’t make it after all that to the top 10 which I would have loved to but what I learned from the experience was priceless. I learned that my fans love my cupcakes as I had all the votes back within a couple of hours of sending out my question to them and they were all so supportive of my entry with their enthusiasm and impatience to know the outcome of the competition. I overcame my fear of failure in other people’s eyes as I entered the competition knowing that hey my cupcake might not be chosen even though it looked and tasted delectably yummy. To top it all I had such fun with Lisa as she painstakingly took these photos for me with as much attention to detail and pride to how they would turn out as I put into every cupcake creation.
The top 10 finalists can be seen on the BBC South Africa Website http://www.bbcsouthafrica.com/cupcake-competition and I look forward to seeing which recipe Eric Lanlard chooses to bake on his show. Thanks again to everyone of you for your support and especially to Lisa for a photoshoot I will always remember and for such beautiful photos I will always treasure and blog of course!
Photography ( Lisa Nadene)