What Obstacle? – The Epilepsy SA Cupcake Challenge

I’ve been playing around with the idea of revamping and resurrecting my blog for a while now. While I’m still undecided about the issue, I did think it worthwhile to dust it off and publish a post in favour of a good cause.

Epilepsy South Africa has launched a Cupcake Challenge to create awareness about epilepsy. These people do a lot of good work to spread awareness, create understanding and generally support people living with this neurological condition. If you go to the site, they have a quiz where you can test your knowledge of how much you know about the disease. You’d be surprised how little we know and how misunderstood it is.


So, in support of the EpilepsySA Cupcake Challenge, I went baking mad this weekend (fittingly, using an Eric Lanlard recipe…of course) and churned out a couple dozen cupcakes. Now the trick to the challenge is not your baking prowess itself… the cupcakes are not actually sent anywhere to be tasted and tested. So if you aren’t the world’s greatest baker, have no fear. All you need do is make an effort. Make a cupcake (or get someone to make it for you, or buy some and scrape off the store-bought boring icing) and then let your creative juices flow and your imagination run wild as you put every ounce of creativity in you to work and ice that bad boy as best you can.


Then you snap a picture of your iced creation and upload it to the EpilepsySA Cupcake Challenge website.

Easy a pie. Or cupcake. Whatever.

As I mentioned, I did a little baking myself and managed to come up with two semi-decent attempts which I entered into the competition. I’m quite proud of Cookie Monster. Teddy Bear Picnic is a bit less exciting but to be honest, I just got too frustrated trying to tame the fondant and nearly sent the cupcake flying across the kitchen.

**GRATUITOUS SELF-PROMOTION ALERT: You can vote for my entries here and here****

The Bf also had a go and he came up with a pretty awesome Ode to Tim Burton Jack-O-Lantern cupcake (complete with Nightmare before Christmas background courtesy of Antony’s iPad).


Special mentions must go to the crew at Tomcat Advertising Agency who do all the pro bono work for Epilepsy SA. They worked on the concept and did all the design on the Cupcake Challenge website. They also happen to be some epically rad monkeys. So rad, in fact, that I sent all the cupcakes we made to their offices to be shared amongst the hard-working creative folk. But just taking the cupcakes wasn’t good enough for them so for each cupcake devoured, a donation was made, and that money is going straight to EpilepsySA. Good job guys. I also received photographic evidence of the aftermath, including blue icing-stained fingers and massacred cupcakes. Image Image


Now it’s your turn. Bake. Make. Decomarate. Snap. Upload. Be awesome.