Cake International is the biggest and best cake event of the year; with 2019 being it’s 25th year in the making, it would be rude not to attend- right? This year was no exception to how big & bold the event always is, with the NEC hosting yet another fantastic show.
When you walk through the hall entrance you are greeted with a full-size, 1:1 scale scene that looks straight out of a Bollywood movie. These were exceptional, with exquisite detail, bold colours and realistic features. Crowds of people gathered around the 8 sculptures which made it even more eye-grabbing.
As soon as you get past the first cake sculpture, there are (what seems like) hundreds of trade stands boasting gorgeous, edible works of art. Of course, The Cake Decorating Co initially caught my eye so I ran swiftly over to their stand and joined the 3 deep queue surrounding the enthusiastic staff. I picked up some well-needed essentials such as new PME tins & release spray, own-brand cake boards & boxes, piping bags, brushes & Russian piping tips. I got the chance to speak to some familiar faces from Oh So Glitter, and also some new faces at Chrissie’s Cake Supplies & Truly Sprinkles where I picked up a shed load of new products to try!
My favourite trade stand of all was a new brand I have never come across before: Roxy&Rich. I was speaking to the most helpful & friendly guy (I now learned this to be Rich!) who gave me some fantastic advice on how to use their products. I picked up some highlighter dust, which is the first 100% edible, metallic brush-on powder I have ever come across! And also some pre-made cake drips… which is no-doubt the best cake product I have ever used! I have always struggled with achieving the perfect consistency drip and this product has saved me. It’s the perfect consistency, resealable, has a bold colour, free from palm oil and has a great taste… all round 5* product!
Now onto the main event… There were hundreds of cake entries for the competition! It was absolutely mind blowing how many cakes were on display, let alone that some of them were made of edible fondant. I was gobsmacked by some of the entries, having to stop & stare to take in the incredible work. Here are just a few of my favourites:
Were you at Cake International this year? Tell me about what you bought and what your favourite bakes were in the comments!