A couple of weekends ago, my Mum and I went down to the Cake and Bake show which was held at Earls Court in London. I was really looking forward to it, as I enjoyed my trip to Cake International early in the year, and I was anticipating it to be bigger and better than that!
The exhibition was laid out rather awkwardly in the Earls Court Hall. It was in a bit of an odd shape, with some things scattered in hard to find places, and it wasn’t circular, so you couldn’t walk ‘around’ it. At one end it seemed to be packed full of people and stand, but at the other end it was basically bare, and for some reason, a little bit dark! Also, the queues for the toilets were ridiculous (20+ min wait). And the queues for the food were also huge, and apparently they ran out of food. I did get to meet Eric Lanard though! Well, he walked past me and my Mum said hi to him. The stalls seemed to all be selling the same things, which weren’t bargains like at Cake International. And there wasn’t actually any stalls selling cake (or had sold out) or even samples of cake to try! Overall the whole thing seemed a little bit over crowded and disorganised. I think the idea of it is really good, but it just needs more organisation.
The above Peggy Porcshen stand was probably one of the most popular parts of the show, but I think they should have made it a little bit bigger, but it was very pretty!
In the more bare section of the show, there were a few dessert tables laid out which were very eye catching!
The above wedding cakes are stunning, but those few cakes were pretty much the extent of the ‘wedding showroom’. It wasn’t even in a room, it was just a couple of long tables with about 6 cakes on it. I was really looking forward to seeing a range of insipiring wedding cakes so this was disappointing.
One of the shows in the (packed) Cake Kitchen.
Some inspirational cakes from different stalls.
The gorgeous Cake Places table.
My favourite cake in the beach cake competition! This is so gorgeous!
The above were the freebies I got in my goodie bag.
And the two above photos were the only things I bought. The Renshaw icing packs were only £1 each, and the Squires rose silicone mould was £6. I’ve wanted a rose mould for ages!
Below are some baking bits and pieces that I’ve bought from elsewhere lately, that I haven’t shown you yet! I thought I didn’t need a whole new post for them. But I didn’t buy the following from the Cake and Bake Show.
This Best Baking Cupcakes book was only 99p in the new Best Baking magazine! If you see it, pick it up! It’s really good!
Rose cutters, 99p, eBay.
Cupcake Boxes, reduced to 50p from Asda.
Black lace cases, reduced to 60p from Asda.
3 bow cutters, £4.99 from TK Maxx. I love bows and I always fail at making them from icing so this is a little way for me to cheat! Hope they work!
And lastly, a Garrett frill cutter, 99p from eBay. This looks fun to try!
Did you go to the show? Did you enjoy it?