Friday, 8 March 2013

Cake International Manchester - 8-10 March 2013

Cakes by Tracey Mann who specialises in chocolate fondant creations
Cake International hits Manchester this weekend and I was invited to go along and have a look at what's going on there...I was really pleased to be invited as this is the first time cake international has been to Manchester. In the past it has been an NEC Birmingham based event, I have travelled to see it in Birmingham, but I liked Manchester today better, it was less crowded, easier to park (parking is free), easier to get drinks/food, easier to shop (there are over 100 stands to buy from) and the workshops seemed more accessible too.

Cake international is on all weekend, it costs £12 to get in for adults. Its at Event City in Manchester (near the Trafford Centre) If you want to enter any of the cake competitions you are too late now, but this is a great place to go for inspiration, to learn and to stand in awe of the creativity of cake decorators and sugarcrafters from the UK and all over the world.

Here are some highlights...a mere snippet of whats on offer!
Guest appearances by Mary Berry, Mitch Turner and Lindy Smith (to name but some)
You can try your hand at lots of different techniques for decorating cakes and learn from the British Guild of Sugar Craft tutors and specialist suppliers too. Stallholders generally demonstrate some of their products, and will give you ideas on how to use them, as well as selling everything you need to make your cakes spectacular.
Making chocolate rose petals, fondant roses, icing techniques and tips, and sugarcraft flowers

If you can't find what you are looking for here you won't find it anywhere from cake tins to tools to books, magazines, adornments for cakes or chocolate and even ready made cakes for you to take home and decorate yourself.
Cake ribbon heaven
Cake international is also about cake competitions at a very high standard, there are different classes you can enter and each class has a winner and then there is an overall winner too. The classes are judged to a very strict criteria and entries can come from all over the world.
Butch the bulldog was a fabulous cake
These are all actual cakes by the way, and if the judges have any doubt then they cut into the cake, just to be sure!
The tiered wedding cakes are really breath taking.
As well as the larger and character cakes there is a children's category and a gâteaux category and an Easter themed one, and of course...cupcakes too.
The little girl on the right is Elisha Lee Latham and she is 6 yrs old and thats her cake bottom right.
I am so pleased Cake International has come to Manchester, if you like cake decorating like me you will love it just as much as I do...I was very pleased to be invited to this event as a guest of One Voice Media.
If entering the cake competitions and all that cake envy gets too much, have a massage and grab a brownie.


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Susan x