Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A feast for the eyes at the Cake and Bake show.

If it's works of sugar paste art and scrumptious cakes that you adore, then you'll certainly get your fill of them at the Cake and Bake show. This is a show that's all about the art of the bake, bringing together the best of both worlds, from celebrity bakers to the very bakers and companies that help to fuel our love of the freshly baked stuff, oh my!!

Sure we've got plenty of foodie shows and events to satisfy any keen cake fanciers love of the bake, but when us Northern folk are rather hard pushed to find a cake show that brings us our favourite treats right on our doorstep, the return of the Cake and Bake show to Manchester's Eventcity was certainly most welcome this November.

Having visited their show before when I'd just started peddling my lurid scrumptious baking tips with you all a couple of years ago, I was rather pleased to pay a visit to their latest show, this was their first for me at their new home having visited them at Manchester Central previously, so the change of venue was a bit of a new one for me. They'd certainly made the most of the space at their new home, with an open planned layout hosting all the trimmings of the show that you love, from baking workshops to cake competitions and demonstrations at the Super Cake and Bake theatre.

Whatever area of baking you adore, you'll certainly find it covered here at the Cake and Bake show, whether it's getting up close and personal with your favourite bakers at the new Slice of Advice area, or shopping for those baking essentials from your favourite peddlers of scrumptious ingredients at the market place, there's something for everyone.

The main showcase for many at the show was the features of iced and sculpted bakes, cakes that are crafted to perfection in some of the most wonderful shapes. Their Beatrix Potter garden was one of those must visit areas at this year's show, celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter with astounding works of sugarpaste art that were utterly delightful.

But it wasn't just a chance for the professionals to show off their latest creations, the Cake and Bake show holds it's own cake competitions at every show allowing visitors to enter their latest bakes hoping to be crowned the star of the show. This year's theme took on the spellbinding theme of Myths, Legends and Fairytales, resulting in some otherworldly creations that certainly caught your eye, alongside a decorative Birthday cake competition which allowed visitors to show off their decorating skills.

With plenty to take in at the show, you could sign up for one of the workshops in the Baking and Decorating classroom and pick up some baking tips and tricks from your favourite bakers, or simply sit back and take in some bake-spiration from your favourite celebrity bakers at the Super theatre.

And if that wasn't enough you could stock up on your favourite treats from a selection marketplace traders, ranging from freshly baked treats, to baking and decorating supplies. This year also saw a new addition to the marketplace with dedicated Free from stalls, offering gluten, dairy and nut free treats. For me this was a particularly great new addition, with my lactose and gluten issues being catered for from a selection of traders at the show. Whilst there wasn't as much gluten free cakes and bakes as I'd have liked, leaving me feeling a little left out with my small selection of baked treats from the show, it's certainly a good start, I'd love to see what they bring to the show next year!

Certainly worth the journey to visit, whatever area of baking takes your fancy. Be sure to visit early in the day to avoid the crowds, it certainly got busy around mid-day! Book those essential classes in before your trip to make sure that you get a spot, and take plenty of spare bags with you for all that shopping. The location near the Trafford Centre is just perfect to stop off and dine, beating the busy crowds at the shows cafe areas, so be sure to get a stamp to pop back in after a cuppa, or two!

To find out more about the Cake and Bake show, and for future shows visit

NB: I attended the event with a free press pass but this does not reflect my view of the show.