The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

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 Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
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 Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
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!
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
In the more bare section of the show, there were a few dessert tables laid out which were very eye catching!
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
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. 
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
One of the shows in the (packed) Cake Kitchen.
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
Some inspirational cakes from different stalls.

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
The gorgeous Cake Places table.
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
My favourite cake in the beach cake competition! This is so gorgeous!
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The above were the freebies I got in my goodie bag.
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
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.

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥
The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

 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!

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

 Rose cutters, 99p, eBay.

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

 Cupcake Boxes, reduced to 50p from Asda.
Black lace cases, reduced to 60p from Asda.

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

 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!

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

And lastly, a Garrett frill cutter, 99p from eBay. This looks fun to try!

Did you go to the show? Did you enjoy it?

The Cake and Bake Show, Freebies + Purchases ♥

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9 Comments

  1. October 4, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    Hi,
    Wow that event looked great 🙂
    I picked up that baking book, it is good! Can't believe it was free with Best.
    I saw in Tescos that the second book is out to buy about the cakes, might get it!
    Ax

  2. October 4, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    Oh my days, I went on the Sunday and I seriously couldn't believe how packed it was! I went with my sister in law as she does a bit of baking and I wanted to see the wedding stand for inspiration for my wedding but like you I was disappointed as well. I did go to the Paul.A.Young making workshop though and made some yummy truffles which I took home 🙂

    Lauren

    xxx

    http://scarletrealm.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. October 4, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    That Union Jack cake is perfect! I've never really gotten into baking, I don't have the patience and I usually end up with a sticky mess! but that Best Baking cupcakes book looks like a really good guide for beginners, I might have to try it out!

    Rebecca xx

    http://rrecommends.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. October 4, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    these photos are so amazing! my mum and sister do custom cakes like these so i love going to the cake stores with them!

    from helen at http://www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win a dixi arrow bracelet. it's worldwide 🙂

  5. October 4, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    Great purchases, and wow it still looks fun, i love the beach cake, how cool!

    Sophierosehearts x

  6. October 4, 2012 / 6:45 pm

    Good choice with the rose mould! I have both the small and large mould and use them so often for wedding cupcakes and afternoon tea cupcakes. This is my cake site http://www.bakeabella.com if you fancy a look 🙂 x

  7. October 4, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    I went to the show too and found it really disappointing. like you said, it was laid out funny, dark and very crowded, and nothing really very fun to see 🙁 such a shame as i was really looking forward to it. Laura xx

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