Cake, Bake and Sweets Show

Bank account drained, baking brain fully inspired.

Last weekend this little caker went to the Cake Bake and Sweets Show and after two days of amazing classes, demonstrations by some seriously talented people and a little retail therapy, went wee, wee, wee, all the way home with her head swirling with new ideas.

Not so bright but pretty early on Saturday morning, the boy and I set off on our way to the show at Sydney Showground for my first of three classes – the gravity defying ‘Pipe Me Pretty’ creation with the lovely Sharon Wee (her cake creations are seriously amazing).

Pipe Me Pretty Collage
Pipe Me Pretty Class

Sharon Wee and I

When I first saw this class was at the show, I immediately knew I had to sign up – yes even knowing the fact that I would have to do some carving (if you remember from my previous blog posts, this isn’t my favourite task). As soon as the word ‘carve’ came out of Sharon’s mouth, I’m sure my face turned a whiter shade of pale, but with a few encouraging words and tips I started to see the piping bag take shape. This was such a fun cake to make and look forward to creating another cake lie this one soon.

I spent the afternoon watching macaron master, Adriano Zumbo create a delectable apple pie macaron (yum!) and Ace of Cakes funnyman, Duff Goldman entertain the crowd with stories while finishing off a giant hamburger cake complete with French fries. I also picked up some great new tools for my tool kit as well as some treats for the boy and I to enjoy.

My second day kicked off with a fantastic class with the super-sweet Jacki, from Blissfully Sweet. I have admired Jacki’s cakes from afar for quite some time so it was so nice to meet her in person. Jacki was so friendly and wanted all her students to enjoy the class and draw inspiration for cakes from wherever possible. I loved how this cake was so effective and different, yet simple enough to apply to so many themes. Such a clever lady!

Papel Picado Collage
Papel Picado Class

Jacki and I
Finally, I got to spend the afternoon with Faye Cahill herself. Perhaps better known for her stunning wedding cakes (stunning), this fun neon number was a little out if the box from the masterpieces I had grown to love but still showcased some of that trademark silver leaf which if I may say, can be a little bit of a bi-atch to apply – a delicate balance of trying to patch up a little crack, and making the whole piece look worse – but I will try again as we were assured it got easier after a few tries. This striking design was topped of with some neon fondant and piping which turned florescent under a black light – how very CSI.

Neon Collage
Neon Stand
Faye and I
So even though my bank account is now a little worse for wear, I had a great weekend and can’t wait to create some new cakes to practice my new found skills.