The Cake and Bake Show 2013

The Cake and Bake Show 2

Thanks to the wonderful folk at Crafty Magazine, I was lucky enough to spend Sunday at the 2013 Cake and Bake show at Earls Court, London.

I took my friend Jess along, as she has been spending all her spare moments renovating her house and needed a cakey treat.

I had a horrid migraine hangover, but I knew the lure of cake and chance to spot some celeb bakers was too good to miss.

The show was filled with tons and tons of cake, food and baking stands as well as demo stages, classes, book signings and bake off competitions.

Cake and Bake Show Cupcakes

You know I love a good macaron……but these were just OK. Nothing special unfortunately and the popcorn flavour just tasted massively salty.

Cake and Bake Show Macarons

There were “Cake Catwalks” with some amazing creations.

Amazing Cake at The Cake and Bake Show

The Queen and Corgi are CAKES. YES CAKES! And who can resist a Croquembouche?! I wanted to stick my face in it.

Queen cake and croquembouche

We spotted Eric Lanlard (whom I’m a big fan of) demonstrating a chocolate cake. Love him.

Eric Lanlard Cake and Bake Show

After a spot of lunch we took our seats at the competition stage to watch Great British Bake Off 2012 winner John Whaite and runner up James Morton. They had a bake off and went head-to-head making Almond Tuiles Biscuits.

James Morton and John Whaite

Yey for my zoom lens! Look at the Fair Isle Sweater Vest!

These handsome chaps were naturals and answered audience questions such as “is Paul Hollywood as scary as he seems on TV?” (apparently more so) and “how many sweater vests do you own James?” (5 of those lovely woollen tanks).

BUT! James totally cheated and had some helpers……

Great British Bake Off Stars 2013

It’s the Great British Bake Off Contestants!!! Loving the concentration as they shape the tuiles!

Glenn Cosby and Ali Imdad were all smiles and audience members told Ali he was robbed by his elimation last week (I agree and loved his genuine, kind nature).

Ali Imdad and Glen Cosby

Guess what? They have already filmed the final, so all the contestants had to keep super quiet about who the winner was! We tried to guess but they were giving nothing away.

Kimberley lived up to her smiley nature all day and the GBBO stars posed for pics with lots of fans. Glenn spent all day waving to people and shouting hello.

Bake Off Kimberley and Dan Lepard

We also caught Dan Lepard (heavily sponsored by Sainsbury’s) doing a demo for a lattice apple pie. I need pie now.

I wasn’t allowed home without bringing cake, so as National Cupcake Week starts today, I snapped up a Peanut Butter cupcake for G and a Lemon Drizzle cupcake for me.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes

It was a great day filled with cakey goodness and lots of wonderful, genuinely nice baking people. As we left it was starting to get rather crowded around the stalls and we agreed if it had been any more packed, we would have felt claustrophobic.

Great to see Canadian Ms Cupcake at the show representing vegan cake lovers and sporting a fabulous food inspired fascinator too. Total glamour. My picture of her came out terribly, so here she is as featured on her website.



Oh, and who won the Almond Tuiles Bake Off? James and the GBBO contestants!

My naughty migraine tried to resurface on the train home, but swift meds and plenty of water seemed to help. Travelling can often trigger attacks for me, so I was on edge for most of the day.

Did any of you make it to the show? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below.



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