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Cake International 2016 Shopping Haul

Date - 7th November 2016 / Author - Billie / Category - Cake Talk

Cake International 2016

Cake International 2016

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.

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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.

The Competition

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.

Cake International 2016

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!

Cake International 2016

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’.

Cake International 2016

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!

Cake International 2016

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!

Cake International 2016

The Winner

The hugest congratulations to Anjali Tambde of Global Cake Toppers for wining Best In Show at Cake International 2016 with her STUNNING fantasy flowers!

Best in Show - Anjali Tambde

Best in Show – Anjali Tambde of Global Cake Toppers

And last but not least, thank you, Bradley for being my friend and cameraman. Couldn’t have done the trip without you!

Cake International 2016



Comments 5 comments to this post

7th November 2016 at 7:23 am / Clare Petc / Write:

Well done on your silver award Billie, it was well deserved.
Loved watching your video of the Cake Show and can’t wait to see the tutorials especially the tiara!!
Keep up the good work
Clare xx

8th November 2016 at 9:41 am / Billie / Write:

Thanks so much Clare! I made the tiara yesterday (it’s lush!) and I’ll be adding the sparkle today so new video should be ready for Monday! 😀 xx

7th November 2016 at 8:23 pm / Laura McNeil / Write:

Oh my gosh I cannot wait to see your reviews on the products you bought…..especially evil cakes stencils!! You done awesome, in fact I’m pretty sure you done better than I would of! (I definitley have a problem when it comes to cake supply shopping in fact I’m sure I have an alternate personality that just takes over my senses!)…..Exciting!! Next year I am gonna be at that cake show I swear!

8th November 2016 at 9:44 am / Billie / Write:

Hahaha thank you so much! You’ve made me feel soooo much better 😀 I don’t think the need for new cake stuff is our fault, it comes with the job doesn’t it?! 😉 I believe there are 3 shows next year; one in Birmingham in March, one in London in April, and another in Birmingham in November… We need to start saving NOW! xx

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