Cake and Bake Show 2014

So, it seems a long time ago now (over 2 weeks now) that I went to the Cake and Bake show in London, with one of my friends.

It was at Earl’s Court, and we managed to get into to London pretty early. We each bought one of the programmes which came with a goody bag, although I am not sure it was that good value- I like the bag though and use my one from last year a lot.

We were greeted by this cake:

Mary Berry atop a unicorn, with Paul Hollywood in the mud.

There were loads of amazingly decorated cakes as there were competitions going on, but I only took a few photos.

This was one of my favourites- no idea why but it seemed to rebel against the cutsey pink cakes, plus who doesn’t love afternoon tea?

We browsed the stalls for a bit (choosing which brownie stall to go for at lunch). A few times we queued up for a Dr Oetker goody bag, but each time we got near the front they ran out, ah well.

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How do people manage to take photos of themselves in the mirror without posing in such an awkward way??

I bought myself a new apron (from the messy baker if anyone is interested)- they had loads of cute styles and when I went last year two friends bought them and I didn’t. It came with a free badge, so I chose this one:

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It must be true if my badge says it!

After eating a brownie for lunch (while we were sitting down we saw Chetna and the beard guy from the bakeoff), we headed to our workshop. We watched a demo of piping different buttercreams which was really good. We could have had a try but it was a bit busy.

We had a final visit around the stalls where I came across the Ms Cupcake stall (and I remembered I had bought something delicious from there last year- a nanaimo bar)- so I had to visit and get something. Then it was time to get the train home, and unpack my goodies.

2014-10-05 17.19.52My apron (the link with white spots thing), some flavoured icing sugars for buttercream (I bought salted caramel, pistachio and black cherry- by Sugar and Crumbs), and some tea. The sugar was in the goody bag.

2014-10-05 17.20.03I also bought Andy a red velvet cookie sandwich from Ms Cupcake, but we ended up sharing it as it was huge.

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Another lovely day out- there were so many stalls with freshly bakes breads and cakes (stalls from Borough market etc) and of course plenty of baking paraphernalia.

Now I am off to look at the Ms Cupcake book again and decide if I should treat myself…

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14 thoughts on “Cake and Bake Show 2014”

  1. Haha, ‘the beard guy’ – was that Ian? I would be careful of any flying baked goods coming from him 😉 I thought the result of Bake-Off was so, so wrong. I definitely don’t think they should completely disregard the previous rounds in choosing the winner, and to me Nancy’s showstopper looked absolutely hideous. I wanted Luis to win…he had more style and finesse than everyone else. My Mum was supporting Richard, so we were both somewhat annoyed and we rarely agree with who Mary and Paul pick to win (except for last year).

    I think your badge is extremely accurate, and believe me you’re better at taking mirror-selfies than I am. It’s turning into an art-form in itself these days.

  2. I love the apron its really fun and cute.

    I’m loving baking wheat free breads at the moment and adding different seeds and or nuts and or dried fruits – each one so far has been fab. There is such satisfaction in baking.

    ps I don’t even try with mirror selfless anymore 😉

  3. Ohh wow. I seriously need to go to these sorts of things. OK I’m no baker but I’m serious about my cake eating so I think it’s important I see what’s our there, right? 😉 How do you find out about them? When’s the next one? I’m sure Ben would love to go to one too.
    It all looks fantastic – people are just so creative and talented!
    Mirror selfies are just horrendously difficult. To get a good one you need a big enough mirror and area I think. And it’s all very awkward. I always get odd looks from my dog.

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