WITH the phenomenal success of TV programmes such as the Great British Bake Off, baking, cake decorating and all things sugarcraft have never been so popular.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary show, Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show will be returning to the NEC, Birmingham next month and visitors can spend three days in cake heaven exploring all the latest ideas, supplies, competitions, demonstrations and workshops from the industry experts.
Baking legend Mary Berry and cake decorating supremo Mich Turner will be officially opening the show on Friday, November 8, and Mary will demonstrate some of her favourite recipes in the Cake International Theatre offering a meet and greet for fans and a book signing in the VIP area on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
Joining an international line-up of sugarcraft and cake decorating talent at the show, Mich Turner will demonstrate her amazing technical skills throughout the three day show, imparting her specialist knowledge and taking part in a question and answer session.
The show will feature more than 100 exhibitors from across the globe offering the very latest in supplies and ideas.
With everything you need including cutters, moulds, stencils and sugarpaste – your passions for sugarcraft, cake baking and decorating will truly be indulged.
Find some of the greatest sugarcraft and cake decorating talents from home and abroad showcasing their skills in the three demonstration theatres.
This year’s line-up includes Stephen Benison who will be showcasing his Vintage and Art Deco Designs for Cakes; Marion Frost demonstrating her Quick Christmas Cakes with Patchwork Cutters; Karen Davies demonstrating her Baby under a Crochet Blanket and Lindy Smith sharing her Creative Colour for Cake Decorating’.
If you want to have a go yourself, there is still time to enter one of the many competition classes, with categories including cupcakes, decorative cakes and wedding cakes, as well as special junior classes. For more information about competitions, visit the website at www.cakeinternational.co.uk/birmingham/2013/competition-classes
You will need to hurry as the deadline for competition entries is Friday, October 25.
Wallace and Gromit will be launching their BIG Bake at the show, which will be supporting Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity, helping children in hospitals and hospices across the UK
Paul Da Costa Greaves will once again be whipping up a range of irresistible quick and easy-to-bake recipes in the newly named Cake International Theatre.
Or pop along to the Authors’ Kitchen for more inspiration where some of your favourite cake authors will be demonstrating their recipes from the bestselling books.
If you have always wanted to take up sugarcraft but don’t know where to start the Taste of Sugar Mini-Workshops will be where you will find a hands-on experience designed especially for newcomers and juniors to the craft. And chocoholics will be flocking to the sinfully tempting Chocolate Workshops where you can get top tips and creative ideas in the art of chocolate!
If you want to make your cake extra special, head to The Renshaw School where you can learn how to create your own cake toppers, coverings and sugarpaste figures. Admission is free and on a first come first serve basis.
For the first time, The National Cupcake Week Championship finals will be taking place live at the show. With individual competitions for both professional and home-bakers, the categories include Classic, Themed, Free-From and Made with Alcohol.
In the Cake Decorators’ Kitchen, Knightsbridge PME will be offering inspiring demonstrations with all the latest ideas and delicious creations.
The live PME Cake Decorating Competitions will be returning to the show with the Cupcake Challenge on Friday; PME Student of the Year on Saturday and PME Cake Decorator of the Year on Sunday.
Competitors will go head-to-head in a bid to produce the most creative and artistically decorated cake and cupcakes, while competing for the £1,000 grand prize!
With all this and much more, be sure to put the date in your diary.
Tickets to the show are available by calling 01425 277988 or logging on to www.cakeinternational.co.uk