The Woman’s Weekly team were at the Cake International Exhibition at the NEC at the weekend where we were promoting our latest Cake magazine.

Laura George - Cake Decorator of the Year. Photo by Francesca Haywood

Hello, this is Cookery Editor Sue.  I’m back in the office this week after having spent three days in Birmingham at the Cake International show which took place at the NEC.   It was a very busy show for me, because as well as working on the Woman’s Weekly stand I had also been invited to judge some of the competitions.  One of the classes that I judged was one of my favourite on the schedule, and that was “shoes and handbags” which I love as it’s slightly different to traditional cakes, but all still edible!  Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get photos of all my favourite entries, but I’ve put together just a few pictures (below) so that you can see the type of entries that I had to judge – and you’ll see why it was so difficult to pick a winner as they were of such a high standard.

Also taking place at the event was the PME Cake Decorator of the year competition, where the eight finalists had just three hours to decorate their chosen design, which could be of anything. The winner was Laura George, who also won it last year too with her flamingo cake (above), but other entries included a motor racing helmet, Christmas boot with moulded figures, a penguin and a teapot. I really admire all the finalists as it’s a lot of pressure to have to produce the entries in a very limited time with an audience watching and seeing any mistakes.