Our lovely Adele took on the extremely difficult task of going to the recent Cake & Bake Show at Manchester Central…
Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Cake and Bake Show at Earls Court, and the bunting-and-cupcake trend showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, the organisers decided to bring the show up north to Manchester Central.
The baking convention provided a mixture of demonstrations, competitions, goods for sale and opportunities to meet culinary celebrities such as Paul Hollywood, Mich Turner and a handful of last year’s Great British Bake Off contestants. And of course, from pizza to fudge, there were plenty of delicious samples to savour.
Many of the stalls were highly vintage themed, sporting seasonal pastels, polka-dots and florals – miniature kitchens Cath Kidston herself would be proud of – with plenty of beautiful kitchen accessories for sale, particularly from one of the show’s major sponsors, Lakeland.
Aesthetics played a prominent role in the convention with a staggering number of stalls selling cake decorating tools and services. Designer cupcakes, bouquets of cake pops and towering pearl-covered wedding cakes filled the hall, like edible pieces of art, and everything needed to recreate them at home was readily available.
For the savoury lovers, however, there were also bread workshops from Mr. Hollywood, tables of olives and oils, and plenty of good ol’ northern pies.
There was also plenty for tiny bakers to do. We caught Catherine from last year’s Bake Off teaching some eager young’uns how to perfectly ice a biscuit and coupled with a gingerbread village and plenty of naughty nibbles, there was more than enough to keep the kids entertained.
Personal favourites from the day included delicious fruity marshmallow from The Marshmallowists Smart and Simms (I recommend the mango and sweet orange!), sinful fudge from Tom’s Fudge and the incredible Stork Cake Catwalk featuring cakes so beautiful you couldn’t possibly cut into them. My Cake Decorating was also there showing off their jaw-dropping Mulberry bag cake which you can find a tutorial for on their blog.
The Cake and Bake Show will surely return to Manchester next year judging by the astounding number of ticket sales, but if you can’t wait that long, the convention returns to its roots in London between the 13-15 of September this year.