If you read my blog regularly or follow me on Twitter you may know that I am one of the Cake and Bake Show 2015 Ambassadors hurrah! (And if you didn’t know you can check me out on the Cake and Bake Show website here!) It’s been really fun to be involved with such a big event in the baking community and I was beyond excited when the weekend of the London Shows finally came! My mum and I had such a fun day exploring the Show and I thought I’d share my highlights of the day with you here.
My mum is a really keen baker and has passed down her passion and knowledge (and hopefully some talent!) to me, so it was really fun to take in the Cake and Bake Show together. Once we’d collected our press passes we entered the exhibition hall at ExCel and were wowed by how many people there were! The hall was huge with so many stands and displays, as well as the 4 stages with various demonstrations going on throughout the day.
We decided to take a systematic approach and browse the stalls going up and down each aisle so we didn’t miss a thing. It was great to see all the amazing baking supplies available to buy with everything from cake pans to mixers to edible decorating glaze on offer.
There was also some fantastic sweet and savoury treats for sale and we couldn’t resist picking up some giant meringues (in flavours chocolate and pistachio) some huge individual portion Victoria sponges (which could easily have fed 2 people per cake) in black forest gateaux, sticky toffee pudding and apple cinnamon, as well as some pesto and chorizo scones. YUM!
As well as the fabulous looking cakes for sale, dotted around the Show were the showstopping competition winners’ cakes. Unfortunately we didn’t get close enough to take many pictures as they were always so surrounded by people, but they were absolutely incredible. I felt so inspired and awed by the talent on display – I must improve my baking presentation skills! The theme for this year’s Show competition was children’s books and there were so many imaginative and incredibly executed interpretations.
Whilst we didn’t take part in any of the classroom demonstrations we did stop off at the Cake and Bake Super Theatre and watched Gregg Wallace and Aaron Craze bake. Of course, being HUGE Great British Bake Off fans we also spent quite a lot of time at the GBBO Live Stage. I was so excited to see my favourite ever GBBO contestant – John Whaite. John has done so well since he won series 3, with multiple books out, opening his own cooking school and also being the resident chef on Lorraine, as well as having a new show coming soon with Rosemary Shrager (can’t wait for that!) John made the fig, walnut and Gruyere bagels which he originally made in The Tent and was so funny chatting with the audience as he did so (he does a brilliant Mary Berry impression too!) Afterwards Mum and I stuck around to say hello, have a photo with John and ask him to sign our programme then settled down to watch another of my faves, Brendan Lynch. As well as making a spectacularly decorated clementine cake, Brendan also told the audience about how he has been using his baking to help raise money and awareness for several charities. What a legend! It was then time to see the lovely Beca Lyne Pirkis bake her famous macarons, which she made look so easy! Beca was followed by another of our faves – Luis Troyano who made incredible looking empanadas with paprika flavoured pastry, which I definitely want to try and recreate! It was really lovely to sit and watch some of our favourite contestants show off their skills in real life and all were so engaging, chatting to and answering questions from the crowd.
We had such a great day out at the London Cake and Bake Show and came away full of cake and inspiration to get our own baking on (what more do you want from a day out?!) There are still two shows left for this year – Edinburgh (30th October – 1st November) and Manchester (12th – 15th November) Tickets are still available so if you can go I definitely would – you won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait until they come back to London in 2016!