With just a little bit of excitement, I headed to my second cake and bake show and I was not disappointed.
No signs of queues and relieved to say that it was evident that it was far better thought out this year with distinct areas for speakers, exhibitors and a mouth watering market place with a huge selection of pies, pastries, breads, sweets and cakes to sample and buy. A special mention to Yum Yum Tree fudge for the most delicious fudge I've ever tasted.
Class places were like gold dust and if you snooze you lose. There was a variety of classes in enclosed classrooms, another improvement from last year. And for those that missed out, a full and interesting timetable of talks and demos to see so we could all watch and learn something new.
There were lots of familiar faces to be spotted enjoying what the day had to offer. I wonder if the winner of this years GBBO was there?
Excellent talks by John Whaite and Edd Kimber. Although I was disappointed there was no sign of the silver fox Mr Hollywood.
You would be hard pressed not to notice the key trend in baking as you walked around the exhibitors with practically every stall selling some type of texturing or embossing mat, sheet and rolling pins.
Nice to see an alternative to 'Sugarveil' with 'Cakelace'.
Not sure which is nicer to work with yet but both make stunning effects on cakes, large and small.
Finalist of The Apprentice, Luisa Zissman was there showcasing 'The baker shop' her one stop shop for bakers with a good variety of stock. I've already used my edible glitter to get a lovely effect on my cupcakes.
The Cake and Bake show is a must do for all home and professional bakers. You don't have to like making cakes but it helps!