Last Saturday (8 November) saw the top cupcakes in the UK go through to the final round of judging at Cake International in Birmingham.Organised by British Baker, the competition saw more than 100 finalists bring their cupcakes to the NEC for the final judging round. The prestigious panel, which determined the winners, included master chocolatier Will Torrent and industry veteran Jane Hatton.Look through the gallery below for the highlights of the day from the judging process to the presentation of the awards, for which we enlisted expert cake maker and TV star Mich Turner.%%ImageNewsTicker_23395%%
OLYMPIA — As health officials continue to monitor an outbreak concentrated in Clark County, the state House approved a measure that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles.The vote comes in the midst of an outbreak that has sickened at least 71 people — mostly children age 10 and younger.The chamber passed the bill on a 57-40 vote late Tuesday night and it now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote in the coming days on its own bill, which is broader. While the House bill removes the philosophical exemption for just the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, the Senate measure seeks to remove such exemptions for any required school vaccinations.Republicans initially introduced more than three dozen floor amendments, but withdrew most of them before the late night vote after majority Democrats agreed to accept a few of them, including one that exempts a child from the requirement if a parent or legal guardian presents a written certification that a biological parent or sibling has immune system problems or adverse reactions to a particular vaccine.It’s unclear which measure Washington lawmakers will ultimately move forward with if the Senate passes its measure before next week’s deadline to get policy bills voted out of the chamber of origin. The 105-day legislative session ends April 28.Washington is among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical vaccine exemption for “personal, moral or other beliefs,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.