Ilford trainee doctor becomes queen of the cupcakes after winning national competition

PUBLISHED: 11:56 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:56 21 November 2013

Shalini Sriskandarasa with her cupcakes fresh from the oven

Shalini Sriskandarasa with her cupcakes fresh from the oven


A trainee doctor swapped her stethoscope for a spatula and became the UK’s amateur National Cupcake Champion.

Shalini's winning cupcakeShalini's winning cupcake

Shalini Sriskandarasa was not enjoying her medicine course at the University of Leicester so returned home to Redbridge to think again.

The 25-year-old of St Mary’s Road, Ilford, felt she wanted to use her creative talents and turned to baking as a hobby while she worked out her next move.

But a chocolate cake made for friends and family to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2011 changed everything.

The cake was a hit and convinced Shalini to take her baking more seriously.

Cupcake champion Shalini Sriskandarasa with TV baker Mary BerryCupcake champion Shalini Sriskandarasa with TV baker Mary Berry

She entered a national cupcake-making competition for fun and didn’t dream of winning.

But earlier this month, Shalini scooped the prize of amateur National Cupcake Champion with her Chocolate Box cupcake and was presented with a trophy by Mary Berry, TV presenter, food writer and judge on The Great British Bake Off.

And now she hopes to set up her own cake-making business.

“I only started making cakes recently, but now it is a passion of mine,” Shalini said.

Shalini Sriskandarasa with her selection of cupcakesShalini Sriskandarasa with her selection of cupcakes

“I found the recipe a while ago and everyone loves it. It’s my brother’s favourite and now everyone wants me to make their birthday cake.

“I really can’t believe that I have won, but this is probably the confirmation I needed to set up my own cake business.”

The talented young baker beat stiff competition from 36 other amateur finalists to take the title in the competition, staged by the magazine British Baker in Birmingham, as part of National Cupcake Week.


The judges were impressed by her rich and fudgy chocolate cupcake.

Georgi Gyton, deputy editor of the magazine, congratulated Shalini on her prize

“Shalini’s cupcake was an outstanding winner,” she said.

“We sincerely hope that this win puts her business on the path to great success.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Most Read

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Most Read

Latest from the Ilford Recorder