In photos: The Cake & Bake Show 2012

The Cake & Bake Show. I was intrigued from the moment I heard about it – UK’s first baking exhibition, with the promise of stars such as Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, and *gasp* Peggy Porschen… how could I not be interested?

I almost didn’t get a chance to attend, as I was originally supposed to work this weekend. Am very glad I managed to swap out of it, as I genuinely enjoyed the show, and picked up a LOT of cake and cookie decorating tips. Very handy as I do enjoy the occasional spot of cookie decorating!

Peggy Porschen’s Parlour – featuring a selection of her jams, sweet treats, books & cake stands. There were also free sessions held throughout the day (on a first come, first served basis) – couture cookies (which I attended), butterfly cookies, rose cupcakes etc.

One of Peggy’s wedding cakes, carefully housed in a glass box.

Naomi explaining the best way to fold a piping bag.

Flooding cookies with ‘flooding icing’.

Close ups of the process on the screen – oh, all that precision! It puts my efforts at cookie decorating to shame. Ha!

The finished product – so pretty! Might do something similar soon, as this is actually a fairly simple design (comparatively). Just a note to mention that Peggy’s recipes for sugar cookies are by far, the BEST I’ve used to date. They spread very little, and taste delicious.

The rose cupcakes which were featured in one of the other sessions.

And most importantly – I met Peggy! Highlight of the show, to me anyway. I love her work (I use her recipes for all my cookie and cake decorating), so it was great to chat to her. She’s like my ‘Bill Granger’ for decorating. Ahem. She is lovely, and signed a copy of her book for me (yay). I also got a photo with her, though admittedly it comes second to *that* photo of Bill & I (and Mowie)…

The very popular Squires Kitchen stand.

Cupcake cases in all the colours of the rainbow! If I didn’t already have a ridiculous collection (including some of the light blue polka dotted ones that you can see in the photo), I would have totally stocked up. Sadly I do not have the space (nor funds) to do so…

Paddi Clark (whom I admittedly hadn’t heard of before the show) was at the Squires Kitchen stand, and was showing the crowd how she made her sugar flowers. I picked up a few useful tips, which I hope to put to use very soon!

The finished product. I’m such a sucker for pretty things..

A very graceful ballerina cake, by Carlos Lischetti. There’s just something about his work that was different and very refreshing. I believe he has a book called ‘Animation in Sugar’ coming out shortly, and this is one of the cakes featured.

Another example of Carlos Lischetti’s work. I’m not a fan of fondant covered cakes, but yet, I am always impressed by what people can achieve with it.

Mich Turner’s Little Venice Cake Company stand. The chocolate/lime cake on the far right was absolutely stunning!

Falcon Products/Bake-O-Glide stall. I picked up a non-slip roll out mat from here, I’ve been looking for something like this but didn’t want to buy it online as I wouldn’t get a chance to see it before hand. It’s really quite useful as it can be placed on any worktop, and its super smooth surface allows you to roll out pastry, sugarpaste, knead bread etc on it. They also sold silicone mats (similar to Silpats) – if you haven’t used one before, you’re missing out on it’s amazingness!

More silicone moulds from Silkomat. I almost bought the purple mini “bundt” one, but felt that the person I spoke to was slightly unhelpful/unfriendly. Maybe it was because she were tired (it was late in the day by then), but still… So I didn’t buy it.

Dr Oetker stall. They had various demonstrations throughout the day, but I didn’t catch any. This was a good place to head to if you wanted to rest your feet, as they provided a fair number of benches here.

British Sugarcraft Guild stand. The detail and effort that had gone into each piece was quite simply, amazing.

But nothing floored me more than this ‘tea table’ display from the Maidstone branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild. EVERYTHING you see in the photo was modelled from sugarpaste. From the plates, to the sandwiches, to the teapot, to the cake knife. Not surprised that they won a Gold Award for their efforts at the National BSG exhibition earlier this year.

Even the bunting was made from sugar! Just check out how intricate the work is…

There was also an ‘Edible Beach Bake Competition‘ exhibit – for both professionals and non-professionals. There were at least 50 cakes on display (I think), but I only took photos of my favourites.. the pastel cake above (professional category) won a certificate of merit.

This was the winner of the professional category. A photo of the whole cake doesn’t do it justice (as you can’t see the detail), so I chose a close up photo instead. It doesn’t look as good in the photo, but believe me, those mussels looked pretty darn realistic to my eyes!

The winner of the non-professional category. I suspect this won due to its originality – everyone had a sandcastle or a beach scene, this was one of the only ‘beach food’ cakes on display.

I thought this was really cute!

A rather impressive sandcastle.

A Brighton-themed cake – I think this was from the non-professional category, but I might be mistaken.

Cute cupcake from Gingercups. It was hard to miss their stall, which was bright pink, and manned by two lovely ladies (whose names escape me!). They’re currently based in Hertfordshire and are looking for a site in London, and I hope they manage it. They’d fit in perfectly to the whole Soho vibe. Plus, the cupcake I tried (Ruby – strawberry & cream with a jam centre) was delicious. The icing was admittedly a little too sweet for me, but to be fair, I find ALL cupcake icings way too sweet. So I always just eat the ‘cake’ bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The lovely girls at the Gingercups counter. The one on the right is the founder/owner of the company. They had incredibly bubbly personalities to go along with their cupcakes – a win win combination!

Cathryn and Sarah Jane (from the current season of Great British Bake Off) in the Cake Kitchen. I’m rooting for Cathryn, I like her and I think she doesn’t believe in how good she is (like Jo from last season) – so it would be great if she could go all the way. I also like Danny though… can’t stop myself from supporting a medic! An intensivist no less. We will have to wait and see who wins!

Phew. That was a lot of photos. And there are more – but I chose the better ones for the post, naturally.ย I rarely blog about something so promptly, but I truly enjoyed myself at the show, and as such wanted to document it before my ailing memory forgot any details. That said, I can see how some people might not enjoy it as much as me, as there was a heavy emphasis (I thought) on sugarcraft/decorating work – and if this is not something that interests you, you might get bored…

For those of you who are wondering, the majority of the stalls were selling baking/decorating equipment. There were a few stalls that were selling cupcakes, and there was a cafe area – but I suspect more food/drink stalls might have been welcome. Because let’s face it, we can never have too much cake. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For instance, I wish that Peggy Porschen’s Parlour had brought some cupcakes along to sell in their stand.

There were also classes available at the event (but these incurred an extra charge), which included tutorials on bread baking and macarons.

So yes. It was a good day out for me, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s show!

Edit:ย I’ve just read some of the comments/feedback about the show on their Facebook site, and a number of people mentioned the lack of food/drink options (and the long queues + the fact that they ran out of food), the lack of stalls selling baking equipment (e.g. tins), and the fact that the classrooms were not fully enclosed – so other non-paying people could just hover around and watch the class as well. All fair comments – though none really applied to me as I went in between mealtimes, love decorating, and already own lots of cake tins. I do hope they improve though, as I would love for this show to become a regular fixture.

The Cake & Bake Show
23-23 September 2012
Earls Court, London

*Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Cake & Bake Show, but all views expressed above are my own. Also – I chose to write this post although there was no stipulation that I had to do so, I did it because I wanted to.ย 

16 thoughts on “In photos: The Cake & Bake Show 2012”

  1. OMG – you’re so luck to be there. Those fondant cakes look incredible and put me on shame *start hiding my fondant cake pictures*. And the cupcake liners are so colorful. I totally hear you, I’m so into colors that i just want to collect them all, lol. I don’t think I want to get out if I’m there.

  2. Have to agree, a brilliant day out. We waiting and wandered around, had the great pleasure of seeing Paul Hollywoods show and we avoided the queues…Brilliant time

  3. I went to the show yesterday with my daughter and a friend (Sat) queues for loos & refreshments horrendous! (we took our own lunch, thankfully) hopefully next year this will be addressed, Although to be fair everybody was suprised at the popularity of the event.
    The show was great, plenty to see & do for all (bakers & cake decorators) Lots of demos, freebies, tastings etc .I wish Baking Mad & Dr Oertker had items to sell, I’m sure they would have sold out.
    We had a photo with Eric Lanlard, watched the gorgeous Paul Hollywood, saw the wonderful Eddie Spence (Royal icing expert) What more could you ask for!
    A wonderful display from the British Sugarcraft Guild.
    We all had a great time and will be going again, hopefully, next year.

    1. Baking Mad did have stuff to sell yesterday, but they had sold out by mid afternoon. I got a whole Christmas cake mix from them..Glad you had a good day as well.

      1. I agree with Christine re: Dr Oetker, I wanted to pick up some eggwhite powder but they weren’t selling any! My local supermarkets have all stopped stocking it..

        On another note, it would seem that I am one of the few people who did not get to see Paul or Mary! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ At least I got to see Peggy (which was my main aim anyway, to be fair).

        Here’s hoping next year will be better – this year was pretty good for a first event I thought!

  4. I haven’t been to your blog in such a long time (SORRY!!) but I’m going to read through a bunch of posts I’ve missed. Loving your header by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s okay! I barely blog anyways lol.. and if I must be honest I haven’t read blogs in AGES! I just click on links if I see them on twitter, somehow I selectively see your tweets… ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. TOTALLY agree with Christine. What a wonderful, if tiring day. Caught up on all the hot celebrities too-not bad for a 66 yr old… and I am now proficient in making ganache! Eddie Spence is a marvel his royal icing is amazing! I bought meri-white at Sweet Sucess on Saturday with no problem. One question: “Why did I pay ยฃ5 for each class? I could have stood just as close to each demonstrator and seen and heard everything just as well. I thought I was going to be ‘hands on’ and had to pay the fee for the resources used. As it was I had a better view in the ‘kitchen’ areas and got ‘freebies’ too! Roll on next year!

    1. I agree that I’d have been quite annoyed if I had paid for classes, only to have non-paying people watching as well! I think it’s something they have to address for next year. Ah I didn’t see Sweet Success, I seem to have missed out on a few stalls sadly! I could have sworn I covered them all!!

  6. What a great review! I found your blog through your comment on Maison Cupcake, and I’m so glad a did! I’m a follower now! We seem to have very similar tastes – I’m a huge Peggy Porschen fan (blogged about one of her cupcake recipes on Sunday if your intersested), I too have a gazillion cupcake cases so didn’t buy any at the show, and I also have the cut mini purple bunt pan (bought it in the States on holiday). I’m glad to read you liked the show – my review was a bit harsher, but I did enjoy some elements of it, but prefer Cake Infernational and Squires to this one.

    1. Will check out your blog now! Am glad you like what you see. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I haven’t been to Cake International or Squires, and I think this might be why I’m quite positive about my experience at this show. Seeing as I’ve not really got anything to compare it to. That said, I have been to the BBC Good Food Show, and if I must be perfectly honest, I did not enjoy myself at all. But I know loads of people love it, so maybe I’m just a little bit odd! ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. The edible beach cakes were so amazing, very detailed for sure!
    Hope we can catch up soon, loved this post and was sorry to miss you there. xx

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