Thursday, 7 July 2016

Baked works of art at Cake International.

There's a certain art to be found in sugar paste, and thanks to Cake International, you can spend an entire weekend looking at beautiful works of cake art. An event where the cake is king, and you can feast your eyes on a bounty of hand crafted works of baked art.

You've got to admire the patience that goes into creating a towering abstract cake, or a beautiful burlesque dancer made out of sugar paste, at every show Cake International puts these majestic works of art on show, crowning the best bakes and hand crafted cakes as the winners of the show.

This was my first time at the show, having finally freed up the time to pay a visit to their latest show at Manchester's Eventcity. A weekend long celebration of all things cake, with hundreds of artisan bakers across the region showcasing their bakes as part of the shows competition section. But this wasn't all about the competition cakes, you could also pick up a few tips along the way with master-classes in sugarcraft and chocolate, to baking demonstrations and a spot of shopping along the way.

The first thing that catches your eye when you enter the show is the rows of stands to shop from, everything from sugarcraft supplies, to bake-ware and even cakes, could be found across the show. With a great selection to shop from, you could pick up some tasty flavoured icing sugars from Sugar and Crumbs to flavour your bakes, grab some pretty cake decorations from Cake Lace, and finish the day off by stuffing your face full of cake from the likes of The Brownie BarThe Little Round Cake Company or Martins Bakery.

Of course, the main highlight of the show has to be the competition cakes, rows upon rows of hand crafted cakes and sugarcraft adorn the stands waiting to be judged. With an abundance of bakers from colleges and classes across the region showcasing their bakes, alongside keen bakers, artisan and home bakers, showcasing their designs as part of the competition. There was such a variation of bakes and styles, that it would certainly making judging a hard task for a keen cake fancier like myself.

But that wasn't all the fun to be had at the show, with a selection of masterclasses and workshops around the venue, where you could pick up a few handy hints and tips to help you along the way with your own sugarcraft masterpieces. Finishing things off with the showcased Fifty shades of greybake, a towering life sized Christian Grey sculpture - whilst it's not really my sort of thing, some of the show goer's did seem to rather enjoy the show.

It certainly was a jam packed day, with entrance also including the Stitching, sewing and hobbycraft show next door. With all this cake decorating fun they'll have to top the show with next month's London date, where some towering bakes are already being planned alongside show stopping demonstrations and workshops.

Why not pay a visit to next month's Cake International at ExCel London, from the 27th-29th March 2015. Tickets are £12 advance/£11 senior, for further details, and to find out November's Birmingham show, visit

NB: I attended the event with a free press pass but this does not affect my view of the show, I'd have attended anyway as a ticket holder had I not been granted a pass.