Bakewell launches world first

NDET 16-7-12 RKH 3 Cupcake maker Emma Mitchell
NDET 16-7-12 RKH 3 Cupcake maker Emma Mitchell

Enterprising cake-maker Emma Mitchell has created the world’s first Bakewell Pudding cupcake.

In keeping with tradition, she is staying mum about the ingredients of her confection, which will be launched this weekend in the hometown of its famous namesake.

Emma hasn’t even shared the secret recipe with her family, despite hubby Robert and sons Benjamin, 8, and Oliver, 4, being taste-testers. “They are my toughest critics,” she said. “Fortunately, they like them.”

The cupcake will be showcased at Hartingtons School of Food in Bakewell, on Saturday, July 21. Emma said: “I am quite excited but a little nervous.”

Chris Horne, joint director with Julie Ryalls of the school at Rutland Mews, said: “Julie and I are really excited about Hartingtons School of Food being able to host what we genuinely believe is the launch of this world first. I know Emma has been working night and day to develop this trailblazing cupcake.”

Emma turned a labour of love, which began when she made birthday cakes for her sons, into a full-time profession two years ago.

She set up the home-based business Emma Mitchell Cakes, at Redwood Close, Hollingwood, after her husband was made redundant from his job as a trainer with Virgin Media. “We decided to give it a go,” said Emma. “Robert mainly does the promotion and marketing.”

The cupcake will be launched at a pop-up art gallery, featuring Pearl the cartoon character, and afternoon tea experience, from 10am to 3pm. Contact www.hartingtons.com or 01629 888586.