I enjoy cake – as pretty much everyone does – but I’m not what you’d call a baker, as in Great British. However, you never know when a little extra cake savvy will come in handy. My son was married last year in France and normally there would have been a French piece montee, which is a kind of pyramid of choux buns and spun sugar (see Raymond Blanc with his, below).
They are lovely but I felt surprisingly sad that there would be no traditional English wedding cake – so we bought one for the young couple, from Dunns which is where our cake came from. Choosing the right one was the tricky bit as neither my daughter-in-law to be or I had much of a clue what was available these days. It worked out wonderfully well but what I’m getting round to say is:
Cake International are launching the world’s largest cake decorating show for the first time at Alexandra Palace this weekend with a visual feast of sugar craft and cake decorating from 16 – 17 April. The organisers claim the event attracts world-wide attention from cake decorating enthusiasts and is the perfect place for baking fans to stock up on supplies and marvel at the extraordinary creations on display.
and you never know when you might need to be fully informed about the latest cake trends from wedding cakes,
to shoe shaped celebration cakes
to a simple cup cake.