It seems like a long time ago now, but on the 23rd September, my cake-loving friend and I went to the Cake&Bake Show at Earl's Court. As I left my house on that dreary morning, I couldn't help but feel inwardly excited to have a whole day to spend surrounded by pretty, edible, and inspiring cakes. When I arrived at Earl's Court, I was greeted by George Michael. Not literally, unfortunately (well, maybe quite fortunately), but his image posted onto the front of the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. However, I met with my good friend (and photographer), Shani, and we followed the steady trickle of fellow cake-lovers inside the exhibition centre.
The first stand we came to was that of the British Sugarcraft Guild. At first, I thought it was a picnic spread, before realizing everything, yes, everything, from the flowers to the sausage rolls to the teapot, even the napkins, was made from icing. To quote Shani, 'Ah-MAZ-ing'! Really spectacular. Of course, there was a sign to say 'Do Not Touch', fair enough, but it was so tempting just to get really close and check.
|The British Sugarcraft Guild Stand, that teapot is real!|
|Table of Honour. Those shoes!|
|Flowers of icing|
Some other really impressive stands below:
|Lace Designs by Karen Davies|
|More Karen Davies|
|Squires Kitchen Publishing Stand|
|Beautiful Ballerina by Squires Kitchen|
|Shani and I sampled some Lovoka vodka liqueur, caramel and chocolate flavours, at the Emerald Street stand. The nice boy took our photo too.|
|I met the lovely Peggy Porschen in her beautiful boutique stand. Looking a bit sleepy after that vodka... sorry Peggy!|
|Peggy Porschen has a bespoke cake company based in Belgravia, London. I want one of those aprons, please, Santa.|
|A sneaky photo of Mich Turner, her cakes were also just incredibly beautiful, she was a popular lady that day, for sure. She is the founder of The Little Venice Cake Company and has quite a lot of celebrity clientele.|
|We tried to get close to Mr Hollywood, and then he chucked some of Mary Berry's roulade at us!|
|I don't think the Food Heaven Magazine guy knew we were taking a sneaky photo of his stand - or did he...? Hmm... I should have just asked him for a job really.|
Below are some more incredible cake designs: (I so want to be able to do this!)
|This is so clever!|
And finally we came to the The Edible Beach Competition. You can see all the entries on the Facebook page, but they were all absolutely amazing. Non-professionals? Incredible.
These are my favourites:
|Fish 'n' Chips. This was the non-professional Winner.|
A fabulous, inspiring day. I made some purchases, of course, a few little tools of the trade, which hopefully will be of use in my new career! A big Thank You to Shani for the photos and the support.
Can't wait for next year...