With all the interest in cakes and baking there seems to be an event almost every weekend, and Cookery Editor, Sue took a day out of the office to travel down to Farnham in Surrey for the annual Squires Kitchen Exhibition.

I always love going to this exhibition as it has such a friendly feel to it, and I get to meet lots of “old” friends and catch up on all the latest cake gossip. I love the venue, The Maltings, as it’s a very old building, so the exhibiton is broken up into lots of rooms so there’s lots to discover.  I always tell people who visit for the first time to make sure thst they’ve been to all the different rooms and haven’t missed anything out.

jewellery themed cupcakes

I’ve put together a gallery of some of the exhibits that caught my eye, but unfortunately as I went early on the first day they hadn’t been judged, so I don’t know which were the winning entries and I don’t know who did any of them.  I was amazed at how many cupcake entries there were, so there is still lots of interest in cupcakes!

One of the old friends I got to meet was Phil Vickery, who has done features with us in the Woman’s Weekly kitchen before.  He was there as he was launching a new range of gluten-free cupcake and cookie mixes – and I must say, the cupcakes did taste really good and it was difficult to tell them apart from normal ones!  I’m sure they are going to be very popular, and I bought a couple of boxes to give a friend who has to follow a gluten-free diet.  At the moment they are available from Squires Kitchen, and selected health food shops, but as they were only launched on the first day of the exhibition they are still a very new product, so it was very exciting to get to try something so new.  I wasn’t too surprised that they were good as I’ve often recommended Phil’s gluten-free cookery books, especially his one for children’s cooking, so it is an area of cooking that he’s an expert on.

So if you’d like to see some of my pictures from the competition entries, then CLICK HERE