IT'S official - the best cupcakes in the country can be found in Hammersmith.
Just two years after opening the Upsy Daisy Bakery, owner Emily Johnson has received the coveted title of national cupcake champion.
The 30-year-old, who opened the King Street bakery with her partner Matthew Warren, was up against 55 other professional bakers at the championships earlier this month. As well as taking home the top prize, her mojito entry was named the best cupcake made with alcohol.
More than 200 entries were received for this year's competition, with each cupcake judged on its taste, style and appearance. Being recognised by her peers so soon after opening was the icing on the cake for Ms Johnson, who got an overwhelming seal of approval from industry bigwigs.
She said: "It is amazing. I never expected to win the category let alone the competition itself. In fact, I didn't tell many people that I was entering.
"I originally created the mojito cupcake for a new year's party and developed the recipe, adding a mint and lime buttercream for the competition.
"We're over the moon, it's really nice when you're a small business to get praise and a pat on the back for your hard work."
Before launching the business, the Chiswick resident was a set-maker for television and film, but, eager to spread her wings, she noticed a gap in the market for a quirky British bakery.
She said: "I've always been very creative, I used to make sets and props but I had the idea of starting a business and getting out of that world.
"Matthew and I looked at the high street shops in London and we were fed up with seeing all these big American chains.
"We wanted to see something local and British with an emphasis on home baking.
"So the Upsy Daisy bakery is a contemporary take on the British tea room."