Cake and Bake Show 2013

I went to the Cake & Bake show last year and it was AMAZING. I came back with my arms full of goodies I’d bought and even more of freebies I’d got from the show! Just look at the photo I put up on Instagram last year.

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To be fair this isn’t just my collection. It also includes my sister’s and my flatmate’s freebies.ย But I felt I had pretty much seen everything I had wanted to, having gone to both the Saturday and Sunday events. I even got to see the one and only Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood! (Sorry, it’s not the best photo of them – Mary looks ready to attack!).

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So when it came around this year, I wasn’t as keen until I saw a few half-price ticket deals on discount websites. The only day I could go was the Friday, so I thought, why not?

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Like last year, it took place at Earls Court Exhibition Centre. I arrived quite late in the afternoon, so missed all the queues, even though Friday is always the quieter day for these types of events. I’m gutted I missed some of the speakers, but it’s ok, there’s always next time!IMG_2650

I was actually in awe of all the beautiful cakes people had submitted into competitions this year.IMG_2668

One of my personal favourites and new discoveries (although I know it’s been around for a while) is cake lace. I stood at the stand and was amazed by the demonstrations going on. The kit itself is expensive though – definitely not worth it for someone like me who doesn’t make ‘statement’ cakes or show stoppers as they’re known as now. But I love the concept and hope to have a go one day.IMG_2620

This photo does not do the forest scene justice. The individual pieces that make up this table were just amazing. If you can, I’d recommend zooming into the photo,ย IMG_2680

This amazing creation of the Queen and her corgi just blew me away. It actually is really freaky because it looks so real – especially the dog! Just wow!IMG_2679I also got to see a celebrity or two! Bakers and Chefs included: The Baker Brothers – Tom and Henry Herbert; Mich Turner, from Little Venice Cake Company; John Whaite & James Morton, winner and contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2012; and finally Shelina Permalloo, winner of Masterchef UK in 2012.

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And finally, I bought some incredible Salted Caramel and Mango flavoured fudge from the Yum Yum Tree Fudge stall. They are all handmade using British sugar in Suffolk and taste divine! They also do a diabetic fudge which I bought for my mum and she loved it because she can’t usually eat sweet treats like this. I’d highly recommend it to everyone – it would make great gifts too!

Primrose Bakery also had a stall there this year, and those who know me know that I’m a huge fan (read a previous post about them here). I got to try their mini Mars bar crunchy bites and the mini salted caramel brownie bites – so DELICIOUS! I don’t have a picture but just take a look at their Instagram page!

I have to admit I wasn’t overly impressed with the Cake & Bake show this year, compared to last year. But this has a lot to do with the fact that I went on the Friday, as opposed to the busier weekend. It was much bigger this year but I’m not sure if the layout worked that well for me. But if you like anything to do with cakes like I do, you are bound to enjoy it nevertheless!

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