We had no real plan of the day and hadn't booked any classes, opting to just wander around. We got to see an meet lots of people including a few "celebrity bakers"!
One of the stands I did fall in love with was the Great Cake Places stand. It was styled delightfully, vintage glamour at its loveliest. I blogged recently about this book and can't recommend it enough... also available now on an App!
From Great cake places we perused a few more stands before catching Mich Turner demonstrating one of her signature small cakes with handmade roses... they were at the piped leave stage when we got there!. Later on we got to talk to Mich on her LVCC stand, where she was showcasing some new wedding cake designs and additions to her cake decorating kit. I have a lot of this kit and it it some of my favourite pieces in my cake decorating box. The cupcake kit is a must for any cupcake fan.
Along with some pictures a Mich, styling on the Dr Oetker and cupcake decorating with Miss Cakehead caught my eye... rainbow cakes featured on several stands. Heading back to the Cake kitchen we caught the start of Jo Wheatley's demo... here's a few pictures of her having fun with Alistair Appleton!
having met Jo last year at her Christmas hamper day It was great to see how much her confidence had grown and looking uber glamorous!
Dotted around the venue were a number of show areas .. including a Beach Cake competition, Wedding cake and styled tables from Tempting Cake... my favourite Beach cake was this beautiful pastel nostalgic cake from little cake cupboard ... it deserved far more than a merit. Rachelle's black & wedding cake was my favourite of the wedding cakes. I also fell in love with the chocolate cake on the stand of Tracey Mann, resulting in purchasing of several chocolate transfer sheets.
One of the other cake stands which drew lots of crowds and questions was the fabulous display from the Sugarcraft guild, which was entirely made from Sugar and cake for the Jubilee. The lace work on the cake was stunning. Loved the cookie bouquet as well.
We also caught up with Lottie Duncan from UK TV who was signing the Celebrity Bake Book which is filled with some great recipes, and some surprising celebrities... it seems its not just us who like to bake!.
After several hours we headed home a little weary but loaded with a few treats! We had a great day, fortunately didn't have the troubles that some people had Q'ing for toilets and coffee. It was very busy and as with every event I'm sure the organisers have a little food for thought for next years event in Manchester, but as you can see we had a great time... thanks Cake & Bake.
Here are a few treats purchased from my day...