Those of you schooled in the Indiana Jones back catalogue will know that, when picking out the holy grail, the cup of Christ is always the least showy, coweringly humble and the most easily overlooked in a sea of masquerading imitations.The same could be said of cupcakes. And thankfully there was no damnable melting of judges’ flesh at the finals of the National Cupcake Championships, because they chose wisely: a simple coconut and lime cupcake.While cupcake-making is often about exuberance, unbridled creativity and experi-mentation, winner Jennifer Buls of Absolute Treats showed that less can be more. She gave the judges a lesson in kissing keeping it simple, stupid! by focusing on the refreshing tropical combination of two flavours. The one major surprise was that the cake was a vegan recipe, using no butter or eggs.Buls becomes the third National Cupcake Champion, and it was the hardest-fought victory yet, with the competition doubling in size for each of the last two years. She has been baking for less than a year and her fledgling business, run alongside her mother Virginia, is only now making the transition to full-time concern, having recently studied for an MA. Her cake took two category awards and the overall title at the National Cupcake Championships, which were staged by British Baker in the run-up to National Cupcake Week (12-18 September).Hailing from Carmarthenshire in Wales, she won Best Free-from Cupcake of the Year, Best Tasting Cupcake of the Year and also took the National Cupcake Champion title.”I’ve always loved cakes. I’m a vegetarian and I have an allergy to dairy,” she says. “So I was determined to make a vegan cupcake that tasted just as good as any other. Absolute Treats is home-based at the moment, but we supply some outlets across the West Wales area, and we are Vegan Society-approved.” Buoyed by the success, she now plans to open her own shop.Over 50 innovative craft bakeries, independent cake emporiums and high street multiples attended the finals, having been shortlisted from over 100 entries. They included the high street giant Greggs; the 2009 champion Kevin Sibley from Mama’s Cupcakes in Cheshunt; and Rich Products, which creates cupcakes for Asda.The event judged by top names in the cake world, including Peggy Porschen, Eric Lanlard and Tarek Malouf took place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, overlooking The Mall in London,l National Cupcake Week 2011 will run from 12-18 September, when a range of special events and promotions take place in craft and high street bakeries across the nation. Get involved by offering promotions to your customers and contacting local media. For details visit www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk. Best Free From Cupcake (vegan) Lime & Coconut Cupcake Absolute Treats is a small home-based bakery consisting of mother-and-daughter team, Virginia and Jennifer Buls. The business was formed in 2010, when Jennifer found it hard to find tasty vegan cakes and bakes. As such, Absolute Treats focused on making baked goods for special dietary requirements, catering for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and diabetic needs. The product range includes cupcakes, muffins, cookies, fruit pies and tarts. Of the winning cupcake, Jennifer says the plan was to come up with a summery tropical taste: “The choice of flaked coconut to top this cake presents a natural and wholesome appeal to the cupcake while adding another chewy texture. The zing of the lime on biting into the cake is a wonderful taste surprise element.” Currently supplying local shops and mail order, the Carmarthen-based pair now plan to open a bakery shop.www.absolutetreats.co.uk Most Innovative Cupcake sponsored by FDQ CCTreats has been baking for three years as an online business servicing London and the Greater London area, offering delivery or collection. Mainly using free-range, organic and Fairtrade ingredients, the company’s product range covers cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops and dessert buffet displays. Of her winning cupcake, Rufaro says: “The incorporation of the dark chocolate cup with the Amarula marshmallow fluff is definitely something unexpected. The Amarula flavour works well with dark chocolate and adds a twist of flavour to the brown sugar Swiss meringue, and is not a common flavour option on most cupcake menus. The marshamallow filling also adds to the moistness of the cupcake and adds another texture to the structure. The hard chocolate centre cup is also an unexpected addition, so there are four textures.”www.cocktailcouture.co.uk Best Cupcake Crafted for Multiple Outlets Third-generation family bakery Coughlans was established in 1937 and currently has 23 shops in and around the Surrey area. It also supplies the likes of Harrods and Virgin. The firm rebranded five years ago to [email protected] to stand out on the high street with a more modern look. Having been shortlisted for the championship finals in 2010, with its Rolo cupcake, it made the cut again this year with a Strawberry Tuxedo cupcake. “The skill and innovation comes in the topping getting the correct amount of the double-flavoured frosting and then finishing the fresh strawberry by putting its jacket on to look like it is wearing a tuxedo!” says Sean.The sponge is injected with a homemade strawberry coulis, with some of the coulis blended into the frosting.www.cakesandplatters.co.uk Best Presented Cupcake sponsored by Chevler Let them Eat Cake, a home-based business in Hampshire, provides a bespoke cake-making service. Inspired by reaching the National Cupcake Championships finals in 2010, Victoria set up her own cupcake workshops, teaching basic decorating skills through to advanced methods, such as piping flower petals. These have proved incredibly popular, on top of the success of her celebration cake business. The idea behind her bouquet of cupcakes was to offer something different for table centres or gifts. The petals are made from a Swiss meringue buttercream, flavoured with rosewater, piped using a Wilton 127 petal nozzle in a graduated spiral type motion. “You may well be fooled into thinking you’re eating a plant!” she says. Cakes are arranged and fixed with cocktail sticks, into a polystyrene ball for support.www.letthem-eatcake.com Best Decorated Cupcake sponsored by Renshaw Peggy’s cupcakes is four years old. Started by Rosalind Miller, a former painter and graphic designer, the company is firmly pitched at the deluxe end of the cupcake market. Miller says she saw a gap for “grown-up, luxurious cupcakes in a crowded market consisting of simple, childlike cakes decorated with sprinkles”. The gold-adorned Madagascan vanilla cake is iced with a layer of vanilla buttercream and a covering of sugarpaste. Each cupcake is then individually decorated with intricate hand-piped icing and edible gold lustre dust. The company has targeted the gifting market, special celebrations and weddings. www.peggyscupcakes.co.uk
MANILA – Operations of ABS-CBN TV Plus should have been ceased along with its other operations when it went off the air with the expiration of its legislative franchise last May, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said. “The law is the law and we have to obey that. Today, the continuing use of that frequency should stop,” Defensor told Cordoba. “The fact that ABS-CBN continues to air using the same frequency is not only a violation of the franchise but it is also a usurpation in the powers of Congress.” Cordoba’s statement came after he was questioned by Anakalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor for allowing the ABS-CBN TV Plus to go on with its operation even if its franchise expired last May 4. “In other words, ABS-CBN’s airing of digital TV on Channel 43 is part of the cease and desist order because the franchise that they used for that is ABS-CBN’s franchise,” he added. “[Provisional authority] was predicated on the effectivity of the franchise of the corporation…Cordoba should resign because he is not doing his job,” he added. Cordoba added that it has received guidance from the Office of the Solicitor General that the agency must issue an alias cease and desist order against the continued broadcast of ABS-CBN programs through the “digibox.” “All broadcast operations of ABS-CBN are only authorized through its expired franchise,” Cordoba said during the House of Representatives committee on legislative franchises hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. Defensor added that the illegal operation of the network the last eight weeks was illegal and usufructuary and could merit Cordoba with charges before the Office of the Ombudsman. NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba have committed to the House of Representatives to halt the ABS-CBN TV Plus services within Monday along with its Channel 43, which is using the franchise of AMCARA Broadcasting Network. ABS-CBN network has been off the air since May 5 after the NTC issued a cease and desist order against it due to the lack of a congressional franchise./PN
Brentford have had to reshuffle their defence after injuries to James Tarkowkski and Maxime Colin.Josh Clarke makes his first league start for the Bees at right-back while Yoann Barbet partners Harlee Dean in the centre.Jota (ankle), Josh McEachran (foot), Marcos Tebar (hamstring), Andreas Bjelland and Scott Hogan (both knee) are all still unavailable.Ryan Woods and Sergi Canos are among the substitutes, as is fellow signing Ryan Williams.Preston make three changes, with Sheffield Wednesday loanee Marnick Vermijl, Alan Browne and Eoin Doyle coming in.Former QPR loanee Will Keane is among the substitutes, while Preston’s Ealing-born former Wealdstone striker Jermaine Beckford is sidelined following knee surgery.Brentford: Button; Clarke, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Vibe, Kerschbaumer, Judge; Djuricin.Subs not used: Bonham, O’Connell, Canos, Woods, Udumaga, Tebar, Williams.Preston: Pickford; Vermijl, Clarke, Huntington, Cunningham; Browne, Kilkenny, Johnson; Doyle; May, Garner.Subs not used: Kirkland, Woods, Wright, Welsh, Brownhill, Humphrey, Keane.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It is for the seventh straight day that over a dozen adjoining villages of Baramulla town in north Kashmir have gone without electricity amid the ongoing cold wave. Tractors and private vehicles are new charging points for mobile phones and chargeable lights. Patients and students are the worst sufferers.Khalid Khan, a resident of Heevan village, less than 10 km of Baramulla town, is one of hundreds of worried parents of school children appearing for Class X and Class XII examinations. “My son, Abid Khan, is preparing for Class X examinations. He finds it hard to study under a candlelight after sundown and keeps shivering in the cold wave. It is going to impact his performance as well as health,” said Mr. Khan. Around 1.10 lakh students are preparing for the examinations in the Valley this year and have to prepare without any electricity.Kashmir plunged into a worst-ever power crisis on Thursday when snowfall uprooted electricity poles and damaged transmission lines across the Valley. According to the Power Development Department, at least 12 220 KVA towers and six 132 KVA towers were fully damaged.Ambitious plan falls flatThe crisis comes in a year when the Centre’s Power Ministry announced its ambitious plan earlier this year to provide round-the-clock electricity supply in winter in the newly carved Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre’s ambitious plan seems to be falling flat in Baramulla’s Heevan Numblan, Zamzam Pura, Gulistan, Dangerpora, etc. areas which are less than 10 km away from the town and without electricity for a week now. In fact, electricity was restored in Baramulla town on Tuesday after a six-day blackout.The family of Khaliq Dar, a patient who requires oxygen supply, has been shifted to Srinagar. “Living in Baramulla would have proven detrimental for the health of my father,” said Mr. Dar’s elder son. “This is worst crisis in my living memory,” he added.Scores of water supply schemes dependent on electricity have come to a halt too. “Water schemes are normal only in areas were the electricity supply has been restored. The Public Health Engineering Department has made diesel generators operational in many places in Baramulla. However, water supply in the areas of Rafiabad belt could not be restored,” said Executive Engineer Ravi Bakshi. The police and the Army have pressed their water tankers into service to meet the demands in Baramulla town.250 additional electricity polesAccording to officials, out of a population of 30 lakh only 3-4 lakh has seen electricity restored in north Kashmir Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipura districts.Commissioner Secretary Hritesh Kumar Singh said he has approved 250 additional electricity poles for all districts in the Valley and 50 new transformers for Anantnag, Kupwara and Baramulla. According to the Power Department officials, 90% electricity supply stands restored in Srinagar and Ganderbal. However, only 50% is restored in Shopian and Budgaum districts, and 80% in Pulwama and Kupwara districts.An unease has gripped the locals again as the Meteorological Department has predicted a fresh snowfall in Kashmir from November 14. “There will be a moderate snowfall from Thursday evening and will continue till November 16,” said Additional Director, MET, Mukhtar Ahmad.All main hospitals in the Valley have procured additional generators to meet any eventuality. “We have procured extra generators for ventilators and heating system,” said medical superintendent of the G.B. Pant Hospital, the Valley’s lone government-run paediatric hospital.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding University of the Philippines needed just one point to extend the match to a fourth set and take a crack at sending it to a fifth, but the Lady Maroons didn’t have their fate in their hands.It was La Salle’s possession and young Michelle Cobb made her way to the service line with one simple instruction in mind—just get it over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Spikers were up 2-0 in sets, but trailed UP 24-23 in the third set, and it was up to Cobb to send the Lady Maroons back to Diliman.Pressure mounted on the 18-year-old Cobb because she knew that one slip would allow UP a chance for the victory, but with Ramil De Jesus putting his trust on her the setter knew she would deliver. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum “Actually I can’t breath during that time, but all I thought about was coach Ramil telling me to just get the ball over and just trust myself,” said Cobb in Filipino. “He told me that my heart and my mind should dominate the situation.”The charming setter breathed a low sigh, then let go of her first serve with the ball landing square in UP’s porous defense.Cobb’s fifth service ace of the match tied the set at 24-24, now La Salle just has to score two more points to secure the victory.“I just composed myself and I told myself to go for it one at a time,” said Cobb who was well aware of the noise that enveloped the arena. “I just held on to the trust coach Ramil and my teammates gave me and I don’t want to waste it.”And as the bipartisan crowd exchanged cheers and jeers, Cobb once again composed herself and would score her sixth and seventh service aces giving La Salle the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.ADVERTISEMENT It was at that moment, when UP failed to return her final serve that Cobb knew she did her job and give La Salle a 2-0 record to tie National University atop the standings.“My teammates and I all wanted to finish the game in three sets and coach was always telling me that we should work hard for each point,” said Cobb who finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets.And even though Cobb finally had her own moment in the limelight, the comparisons to the iconic Kim Fajardo still won’t go away.Cobb, however, made it a point that she won’t compare herself to Fajardo, a three-time UAAP Best Setter, and that she would make a name for herself through her own style and achievements.“I’m not thinking of those comparisons, I have my own thing,” said Cobb who became Fajardo’s teammate in her first year. “I want to prove that I am my own player, I have my own style, I have my own skills on the way I play.”Cobb’s late-game heroism may have been the beginning of her notoriety in the UAAP but she knows the UP game was over and a new match is just another beginning for her.“I won’t settle for these past two games,” said Cobb. “After this I will go back to the very start and prepare for the next game.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rain or Shine dumps Magnolia for 3rd straight win It was just De La Salle’s second game in the young UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and yet the atmosphere inside Filoil Flying V Centre felt like the Lady Spikers were one slip away from losing their crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments