I’ve just got home from visiting the first Cake and Bake Show which was held at Earl’s Court in London, and I’m driving my husband mad telling him about all that I’ve seen, so I thought instead of going on to him about it I’d share some of it with you!

I’ve never been to a food show with so many demonstration areas, most of which had large television screens set up so even if you weren’t close to the front you could see what was happening, and all the big names were there including my favourite – Mary Berry (who had the largest audience of all!), and also there were Paul Hollywood, Eric Lanard and Mich Turner.

As well as the demonstrations there were lots of stands with things to buy with lots of exciting new things, particularly for cake decorators. When I made the Woman’s Weekly Centenary Cake last year it had icing bunting going around it, and I’d wanted to use patterned edible image sheets of icing like I’d seen for sale in America, but at that time they weren’t available over here, but now I see that Culpitts have launched a range with various designs, such as butterflies, that were used on this Union Jack cake, and they also have some Christmas designs too.

Printed Edible Icing Sheets

As I said, there were so many demonstrations going on that I didn’t have time to watch all of them, but one of the theatres that I particularly liked was the one on the Squires Kitchen stand, as they had a huge image of the front of the school as their backdrop, which made it stand out from all the rest. In my picture Ceri Griffiths was demonstrating how to pipe flowers, but also on the other side of the stand there was the amazing Carlos Lischetti who was over from Argentina for the launch of his new book, Animation in Sugar, which although only launched at the show is already being re-printed as it’s been such a huge success both at the show and with the copies that were pre-ordered.

Squires School Demonstrations

So a very busy day, with lots to see – it’s now time to put my feet up and look through all the photos I took.