I first found out about Cake International a few years ago and have wanted to visit ever since. The Birmingham show is the longest running and features entrants from all over the world in the cake decorating categories. This is a show all about hard-core cake decorating and sugarcraft. Not for the faint hearted who don’t like crowds.
I had been pre-warned that the Saturday was due to be busy so I was one of those keen few who were at the NEC half an hour before the show was due to open. It was great to have the first hour to walk around the stalls and exhibitions without having to sharpen your elbows. By 11pm it’s fair to say it had got a bit manic. I went with a shopping list and managed to get everything on my list cheaper than I could have online. That meant I also blew all my spending money for the day.
One of the best things I found was the new 100% edible glitters by Doric. Most stalls were selling them, but the lovely ladies on the Icing Works stand had a very good deal on with them so much so I came away with 6 pots of the stuff. Look I can’t resist a bit of sparkle on my cakes. I also got some Tappit alphabet cutters and some sugarflair grape colour paste because I’m beginning to realise purple is one of the colours that can be hard to mix by hand unless you want murky grey icing.
There was some serious cake decorating talent on show. This wasn’t about people using cutters or moulds to decorate cakes. This was all about carving, shaping, manipulating icing and cake to produce a piece of edible art. I was in awe and aspire to be able to decorate like many of the professionals and amateurs who exhibited at the show. Ruth from The Pink Whisk was there doing a demonstration and it was fabulous to finally meet her. I really enjoyed it and will certainly be visiting future shows. Who knows I may enter a cake in a few years time.
There are two other Cake International shows in the new year at ExCel centre, London and EventCity, Manchester. If cake baking and decorating is your thing I wholeheartedly recommend a visit.