In previous posts I have talked about what an interesting and busy city Birmingham is and it’s time for the blog post on one of my favourite events of the year, Cake International – a cake and confectionery exhibition held at the NEC.
The event includes competitions, workshops, demonstrations and retail stalls and I love going since I think it’s an entire day event. This was my fourth year so it’s safe to say I’m a big fan. I started going when I was into confectionery more than cooking and I used to go and buy the whole place, watch the demos then replicate them at home. As I lean to being more of a savoury chef now, I don’t go as crazy as I used to but still like going as it’s an interesting day out. Four years in and I’m still amazed at some of the things they can do.
So I’m going to share a few of my highlights from the day and the master bakes I saw!
So let’s look at the major cake international pieces first. The first image on the left shows a depiction of a war horse from Emma Jayne cake design. Emma has been entering her incredible cake masterpieces into Cake International for a number of years and her Maleficent showstopper will always be one of my favorites. I’d say the war horse exhibit was probably my favourite of the day, really beautiful, especially with Remembrance Sunday coming up.
The next image shows The Greatest Showman character, Anne Wheeler, played by Zendaya. This was right at the entrance to the hall meaning really it was the first thing you saw walking in which was pretty amazing. You can’t really tell from the picture but the detail is insane on Zendaya’s face.
Harry Potter is in the next image and, if you look closely at the picture, you can see there is actually no cake in the middle section of his body. Somehow the entire thing is held up through internal structures through the arm. This was insane, defied gravity and I still can’t really work the entire thing out nearly a week later.
Last on this row is the brilliant Prince Harry and Meghan, ready with all the necessary baby supplies. Although it was damaged in transit, we got the overall gist of the cake sculpture. As me and my mum were looking at the cake, a random guy walked behind us and all we heard him say was ‘bet she wouldn’t be happy if she saw how fat her legs are on this cake!’ Which is probably true.
Cake International showcases everything from political global warming cakes to avocado food trend cakes and from public service cakes to Halloween-themed cakes. Here are some more of the pictures I collected over the day. There are many more but as you can see with so many different competition categories including children, amateur and professional, you can see the range of interpretations and ideas from what started with the basic word … cake.
Another reason I love going to Cake International is getting to hang out with my mum! Since I’ve now moved into The Maltings and my timetables are a bit erratic trying to fit in lessons, assignments, blogging, cheer training and socials, I don’t get to see her as much as I used to. Compared to lots of people I do live very close so she does see me when I’m in desperate need of laundry but I try not to go home too often as I’m trying to live the full student experience. But one day a year at the start of November, I know we have our saved day to go look at cake, eat cake and – to be honest – just appreciate cake, something I’m glad we’ve held onto into my teen years.
So, as an event, I’d highly recommend a trip next year. I’ve just given you a snippet but go yourself to find out more. If I were you I’d go just to taste what, in my opinion, are the WORLD’S BEST BROWNIES courtesy of the Brownie Bar which has a stall every year. My mum had to fully stop me trying to spend my student loan on brownies after I asked about a brownie-based postal service and estimated delivery costs.
So next November, I’ll see you there!