Come and meet Cookery Editor, Sue and other members of the Woman’s Weekly team at the Cake Internation Show at ExCel London on 12th-14th April, 2013

slice of battenburg cake

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Cake International being held in London in April, and it’s cheaper to buy tickets in advance rather than buying them on the day.

How to enter competitions at Cake International

As well as buying tickets in advance, now is the time to start thinking about competition entries (closing date for entries is Tuesday 26th March), and if you enter you get a ticket to go into the exhibition – so can save you buying a ticket to get in!  Plus, you’ll get the judges feedback on your entry and it’s fun to feel that you’re actually taking part in the exhibition.

Our Cookery Editor, Sue, has been invited to be one of the team of judges – so she needs to be kept busy with lots of entries to look at!

The competition schedule differs from other cake shows as it now contains some baking classes, including a decorated Battenburg and Chelsea buns in the yeast cookery class, and decorated cookies.

Classic cake recipes

So if you’re after some inspiration, then have a look at some of our recipes.

You could use our Classic Batternburg Cake recipe, and then decorate it to make it more fancy and decorative (but remember to make sure you still comply with the schedule).

cupcake cookies

Or alternatively, for inspiration for cookies, you could base your ideas on our Decorated Cupcake Cookies which are decorated with both sugarpaste and royal icing.

Meet the stars of the Great British Bake Off

Among the celebrities who are going to be at the show are  Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and the 2012 Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite (celebrities vary each day).  In the Bakery Demonstration Theatre there is going to be chef Paul Da Costa Greaves, who many of you may remember from the Woman’s Weekly Live show in Manchester, as he was our guest chef and kept everyone very entertained!

Talk to the experts

When she’s not judging, Sue is supposed to be spending some time on the Woman’s Weekly stand where you’ll be able to meet members of the Woman’s Weekly team who put together the magazine each week, but she’s hoping to be able to sneak off to see some of the demonstrations too!

On her “wish list” of people to see there is Michele Hester, the creator of SugarVeil, which is a new way of making edible lace and fabrics. And something that she thinks that readers will be interested in is the talk by David Brice on “Making Profit from Cake Decorating” as we have so many reader letters asking about how to start up a cake business.

The demonstrations are bookable online now.

We look forward to meeting you in April!