The Cake & Bake Show and My Halloween Cake Pops, LondonOctober 3, 2014
Myself and Markus Glanzer of House Of Markus Photography made a visit to this years Cake & Bake Show at Earls Court, London on it’s opening day on Friday. I’d been before so I knew to expect lots of gorgeous and mouth watering cakes and pastries. But for Markus this was his first time and a good opportunity to use his photography skills for use in my blog. I’ll credit the bakers and makers where I can but please contact me if you see your work or recognise ones I have not credited, I shall add the details in. You can click on the photos to get a bigger image.
I got there 10 minutes before the doors opened and there were already huge crowds eagerly waiting to get in. The whole forecourt was packed full!
Earls Court is huge, so you need a fair few hours to get around all the stands and see everything. There is also lots to do – watch demonstrations on baking and sugarcraft. Listen to celebrity star speakers from the baking world. Classes to actually learn yourself modelling techniques. Also, go on an empty stomach as there is so much to eat!
There are all sorts of bakes to buy, so many brownies, cupcakes, delicious looking cakes of every flavour, macarons, popcorn and also savoury bites like unusual flavoured sausage rolls, tarts and cheeses. I love these cute little cupcakes below, perfect mouthful sized treats.
There was an area for entries to the Exotic Adventures Competition open to juniors, non-professionals and professionals. You can see some of the work below.
It’s lovely to see all the cakes and so much hard work has gone into them. Also at the show you can meet the authors of various baking books, here is Charlotte White of Restoration Cake signing copies of her new book “Burlesque Baking’.
There are lots of interesting new ideas to see at the show, like this unusual cake that looks like it’s made from pasta but actually it’s white chocolate! The Display Tables were sponsored by Culpitt Cake Club which showcased the talents of some of the countries leading cake artists. Sweet As Sugar Cakes made this incredible Fish and this amazing Mermaid Zombie!
The Tattooed Bakers’s are the talent behind this magical scene of Mary riding her unicorn looking on as Paul Hollywood gets sucked into a sweet littered swamp! Brilliant! Janette MacPherson made this incredibly detailed spooky witch.
As always there are lots of amazing looking cupcakes to try, it’s very difficult to pick and choose, they all look so delicious. I especially loved the Meringue Girls Moscow inspired meringue cake – so colourful!! I just wanted to eat all of their enormous meringues too!
Luisa Zissman (runner up on the TV Show The Apprentice) was there on her stand for her company The BakerShop and signing copies of her new book ‘Wicked Cupcakes’.
What was particularly special to me about his years Cake & Bake Show was that my Halloween Cake Pops were on display on theRenshaw Baking stand. Spooky Spiders, Mummies and Frankenstein’s Monster Cake Pops! You can make them yourself from the recipes I wrote for them for their website here: www.renshawbaking.com/gb/recipes and how cute is this Halloween House?!
The Halloween Cakes on display on the Renshaw stand above and below lots of ladies learning sugarcraft skills!
One of my favourite chocolatiers is Paul A Young. I tried his Brownies and oh my god so delicious!! He makes the best flavour combinations, if you’ve not tried his chocolates i urge you to, especially his sea salted caramel filled chocolates and passionfruit curd filled chocolates that have both won Gold awards this year.
So all in all a great day was had!
I hope you enjoyed reading,
For details about the Cake & Bake Show head here: http://thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/london/