Cake International

Cake International was an incredible experience, so much to see, do and to buy of course! I had a list of things that I knew I wanted to buy, which I did get – autumn food colourings, small piping nozzles, leaf shaped plunger cutters, icing sugar shaker and autumn colour edible dust. But as you can see from the picture below, I also managed to pick up some things not on my list – marshmallow flavoured royal icing, a silicone macaroon mat, musical shaped cookie cutters and a Paul Hollywood/James Martin recipe book (2 for £10 or just 1 for £9.99, I’m not an idiot!)

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There were more competitions going on than the Cupcake Championships and there was a massive wedding cake competition. Some of the entries were absolutely incredible, something I wonder how people actually cannot afford! Here are some of the gorgeous cakes that particularly caught my eye:

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There were some fabulous novelty cakes there too (yes for Harry Potter, there were quite a few Potter themed cakes – Buckbeak, Tom’s Riddle’s diary etc…):

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Cakes that looked like shoes!:

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I spent all day on Friday trying to perfect my hamburgers, I actually ended up baking around 30 vanilla cupcakes and 16 chocolate ones, just to get them to all look identical as well.

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So proud of my little burgers sitting next to the other entries! These are the cakes that beat me however: 

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I personally think I was robbed to be honest! It’s just a swirl of buttercream with an arrow through it! Ah well, I had a fantastic time and cannot wait to do it all again. I think I may enter again next year, this experience was just amazing!

A picture of me and John Whaite, winner of the Great British Bake Off 2012, fingers crossed I’ll be in his shoes one day!

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Signing off this post with a picture of the awesome Mary Berry.

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Gutted I didn’t get a picture of me with her but I got to meet her and she signed my book, the book that started all this baking madness!

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