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A Crafty Chai at the Cake & Bake Show

On Saturday, thanks to my OH’s sister, Ali, who won me a ticket to the Cake & Bake Show, I headed to Earl’s Court to get my cake on. I’d never been before, so wasn’t sure what to expect, except cake. Lots and lots of cake!

cakeHeading up the escalators, the air was thick with sugar. Having never been to Earl’s Court before I wasn’t quite sure how everything was going to be situated. Boy, it was overwhelming! There were so many stalls and so many people! I wasn’t sure which way to go first. So, naturally, I headed straight to the lady giving out free Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs! Nice!

champers

After having a good look round to try and get my bearings, I spotted a stall that was selling cocktails. Perfect! I opted for a Rose Water Champagne cocktail, which was nice apart from the rose water. (Never really understood the whole flower flavouring thing) While I was enjoying my champers, I managed to do a little bit of celeb spotting. Apologies for the blurry photos below – Taken at a distance, while they were all doing things.

gbbo_winner gbbo apprenticeTop: Last years GBBO winner, John Waite
Middle: James & Cathryn from GBBO 2012 with Wendi James
Bottom: Apprentice runnerup, Luisa Zissman

And cake. There was so much cake. To be honest, it was quite overwhelming. I wanted to buy some cake, but wasn’t sure what to get & because it was really busy, it was quite difficult to take time to look around. Plus, there was a distinct lack of savoury products and not enough free samples in my book so I was starving! If there were samples, they were gone or hidden behind queues of people. I’m not a massive fan of queueing (unless it’s for champagne!) so I gave up on looking for freebies. What I did see was some really amazing cake creations.cake garden cupcakes burlesqueAfter walking around the show for ages, I finally decided what I wanted to buy & take home. I picked some macarons from L’orchidee Boutique Patisserie, cupcakes from Primrose Bakery and cookies from Ms Cupcake. There was an overwhelming choice of excellent cakes, all reasonably priced. And they were delicious, even after surviving a trip across London on the tube!

all the cake cookies primroseThe Red Velvet cupcake I bought from Primrose Bakery was the first one I’ve ever had and I loved it! The chocolate cupcake was really delicious, not too sickly sweet either, despite the very generous amount of icing. (My OH & I went halfsies on the cupcakes!) I was really impressed with the vegan cookies too. I had the double chocolate one and it was awesome, as were the macarons. Exquisite!

If you’re interested in baking, cakes & celeb spotting then make sure you get some tickets for next years show, as it was quite an experience. And who knows which contestants from this years GBBO you’ll see!

Tuesday Treat – Great British Bake Off

If you follow me on Twitter, then you already know that I, like most of the British population, love, love, love the Great British Bake Off and I am very pleased that it’s back on TV.

bakeI’m not quite sure why I like it so much – whether it’s the hilarious quips and puns from Mel & Sue, the scowls and disapproving judgements from Paul Hollywood or the very lovely, grandmother to us all, Mary Berry. The contestants are always great & I spend the first few episodes picking the ones I like, which are usually the ones who can bake well, though I’m always disappointed when the disastrous bakers (which is what I would be if I went on the show) leave, as they’re always great to watch. I’m always amazed at the outcomes from the contestants, as there is no way I could ever make anything as grand, in that space of time and with the pressure they’re under. I would be a cryer!

Last week was a blood bath, literally. So this week I’m hoping for more hilarity in the way of mistakes, dropped bakes & judgements from the Silver Fox. I love how Mary Berry always says something positive, even when something is awful and how she looks when someone is doing something she doesn’t agree with! Great viewing!

Last year, I complained about not having cake to eat while watching it, so this year I’ve decided there will be something yummy to eat each week. Fret not, I’m not baking stuff, but instead supporting local cake making businesses. Tonight, I’ll be enjoying a lovely iced finger (one of my favourite cakes) from a newly opened Parsons in town. How about you? What cake will you be eating while enjoying the show? Will it be shop bought or home made?