This November’s show was in Birmingham and it was set to be the biggest cake show ever! I can tell you, it didn’t disappoint. Running over three days with demonstrations, mini classes, every type of equipment imaginable, brownies, meringues, chocolate, cakes, and a competition with 1300 entries, each of outstanding quality!
My friend (and cameraman) Bradley and I went to the show on the Friday, the first day. We got in at opening and let loose!
I hadn’t booked any mini classes or demos but I did get a good look at all the products and lots of the competition entries.
The shopping was out of this world, cake decorator heaven and you can see my full haul in my video.
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My fave purchases included Evil Cake Genius stencils, Crystal Candy lustre dusts and moulds by Tal Tsafrir and Marvelous Moulds. I will most definitely be filming tutorials for every product I bought.
I decided to enter this year’s Birmingham show, as well as London back in the first half of 2016, after my frog entry that I wasn’t happy with, as you will know if you read my Cake Shame blog.
This year I concentrated on a smaller, fiddlier design and decided to make a Retired Elf from modelling chocolate. He took me ages! Every entry takes every person ages, we pour everything into our pieces because we want them to be a representation of what we can do, or even a marker of proof to ourselves of what we are capable of.
I actually, for once, felt pretty damn confident with my elf! It wasn’t my normal style and I was thrilled with the detail I’d got. I actually thought it might’ve been my best yet and I was a little bit proud!
I didn’t get Cake Shame when I walked into the NEC, I didn’t concentrate on comparing my entry to others. Instead, I put my Retired Elf down and I admired the other entries as a ‘normal non-competitor’.
My God, the designs people come up with. The creativity and the finesse! This show was of a standard I hadn’t seen before, it was just incredible!
The results for Cake International 2016 were announced the following day and my little Retired Elf had managed a silver. I’ll be honest, at the time this made my heart sink because I thought my elf was better than my scarecrow that won gold in London the year before… but this was a different show, different judge and a whole different league! It took a day but now I feel chuffed to bits with my silver!
The hugest congratulations to Anjali Tambde of Global Cake Toppers for wining Best In Show at Cake International 2016 with her STUNNING fantasy flowers!
And last but not least, thank you, Bradley for being my friend and cameraman. Couldn’t have done the trip without you!