I’m always surprised when people ask me if I ever run out of ideas on what to write about here on CakesBakesAndCookies.com. I mean I think of my little cake blog as a bit of a cake decorators/baker’s/cook book enthusiast’s magazine type blog. I write about what interests me (as I think you’re all like me) and what I’ve been up to, so how could I ever run out of ideas? I’m always crazy busy andthere’s always so much to see, do and bake!
Every now and again I’ll start writing a blog post and I get distracted before it get’s published – usually it’s because there’s a cake to decorate or a Bake off to watch or a new decorating book out. I’ve got a list of cakes I’ve decorated on a post-it note here on my Mac just waiting to be written about. When I check my ‘drafts’ folder at the mo there are 19 posts. Some I wrote back at the very beginning (very cringe worthy) and some not so long ago. Which is where todays post comes in.
Back at the beginning of the year Mum and I went to the Squires Cake show. How on earth did this one slip through the net? Anyway, have you ever been? It’s really good. Of all the cake shows it’s one of the most intimate and friendly. I always come away inspired not only by the many cakes on display and by the entrants to the cake competition but also by the products available to buy – there’s always something new to discover.
There are always great free workshops – we saw Mark Tilling doing a chocolate demonstration. He was really great- funny, friendly and has a wealth of clever tips from tempering chocolate properly to making chocolate nests in under a minute! I so want to get onto one of his courses.
There are also loads of suppliers demonstrating how their products work on their stands. For me this is where you pick up the most valuable lessons. How to use this and how to apply that. They’re always happy to answer any questions.
In the main hall they have the Squires products and loads of the cakes that are in the new Squires book along with many of the decorators who appear in the book and teach at the Squires school.
In all we spent a little and learnt a lot. Inspiration all around. So here’s some of the fantastic cakes on show.