Last Friday I visited the ‘Cake International’ show at the Excel Centre in London. Until now the show has only been held in Birmingham so it was a first visit for me. I went with my mum, who was organised enough to book us into a couple of the demonstrations. These were really well organised and I took a lot of information and ideas out of both them. The first one that we attended was ‘Edible painting on cake’ by Kelvin Chua. Kelvin is from Malaysia and produces some mindblowingly intricate cakes with piping and painted details. As I mentioned in my robot stamp cookies post I have been wanting to try painting with food colours for a while. Two of the best tips I took from his demonstration were to use yellow as a base before painting over with the main colour and also, if you’re painting flowers, paint with the shape of the petals or leaves because they do not grow in a straight line. You can see the design he produced during the demonstration below and a picture of Kelvin answering questions. He was so helpful and encouraging – you can see some of his incredible cakes here.
In the afternoon we saw Cassie Brown talk through ‘Airbrushing for Beginners’. I didn’t get any pictures of this but Cassie was a brilliant demonstrator who showed us a lot of great techniques. As a result of this my mum ended up taking an airbrush home with her, so I’m hoping she might let me try it too.
I was so impressed by all of the work that had gone into the competition cakes and there were so many creative ideas. Here are
some LOTS of photos of my favourites….
There were also lots of stands selling all of the cake decorating products you could possibly desire. The accessory du jour was a pull along trolley into order to transport all of your purchases. My only disappointment was that there were no stands selling cake you could actually eat. I think if anyone does this next year they will have hoards of cake deprived women (me included) throwing themselves at the cake. Or am I just greedy? Other than this the show totally exceeded my expectations and I’m definitely planning to go back again next year.
We did finally get to eat some cake at Beas of Bloomsbury the next day – I’d definitely recommend visiting one of Bea’s cafes if you’re ever in London, it’s the best cake I’ve ever eaten.