Last Friday I went to the Squires Kitchen cake show in Surrey and I have to say that it never disappoints. This is the third time I’ve been to this show and it’s my favorite. The venue is really higgledy, piggldy with rooms and halls all over the place on different levels and the competitions are in another part of the building all-together but I think that’s why it works so well. It’s like you’re going on a treasure hunt and around every corner there’s something new to discover.
I went to two workshops on the day. One was how to make succulents with Paddi Clark and the other was how to make a double barrel cake with Helen Mansey who has a new book coming out in a couple of weeks. (It looks beautiful!) I learnt so much in those short 45 minute workshops which I am hoping to share with you when I get round to trying the techniques out. I am pretty sure that they made it all look very easy. We’ll see!
The Cakes on Show
One of the highlights for me is always checking out the wedding cakes. They are just fantastic so I thought I’d share just a few with you.
How incredible are the flowers on this cake by Cake Creations by Jill Fisher. How on earth did she make them? Are they sugar paper? They’re just so delicate and unbelievably realistic. Ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers so I may be a bit biased with this one!
These roses look just exquisite in the flesh. I wish I could take better photos to share with you guys.
There were lots of chalk board cakes at the show like this one by Elizabeth Finch. The roses on this cake are exactly like the ones by David Austin Roses.
The cakes by Sherry Hostler of The Cake House were also fantastic. I love this green one inspired by the art of quilling.
Authenticake’s modern twist on a classic is the kind of cake you have to look at twice before you realise that the tea cup is all made from sugarpaste.
I really love the colour combo here. Another cake trend I spotted at the show was metallics. We’ve seen it in fashion and home wares and now they’ve reached the cake world. Hoorah!
I really loved the cakes by Sylvia’s Kitchen. They were timeless elegance personified. I’d love to make a cake like this – Just give me a year to make all those flowers!
This is another design I would love to try out. I haven’t mastered the art of piping at 90º yet without it making a whole lot of mess but as soon as I can I want to make this cake- but maybe in a one tier birthday version. Just stunning!
Just look at all the pearls on this wedding cake by Scrum Diddly. This was one of my favorite cakes.
Another cake that must have taken ages to create. The clean and crisp colour combo with the textured sugarpaste and roses and strawberries make this a perfect summer wedding cake.
This was my favorite gold cake (of which there were quite a few!) by Jelly Cake. The colour just pops out as you look at the table. I also really like the colour of the other cakes in this trio. Really elegant on their wooden stands.
Another tea cup and saucer filled with floral paste flowers. Do I need to learn how to do this too?
Simply Alpa shows the amazing effect you can get with a paint brush and a little talent ( make that a lot of talent!)
This is another cake with a really pretty colour palette by Iced Innovations . Soft and delicate with cute pin wheels on the front. I can’t tell what they’re made of. Any guesses?
Lou’s amazing cakes really are just AMAZING. They’re the cakes I remember every year. This one is just a riot of colour! I showed it to Beau and it was her favorite.
This is another painted cake but just look at that shape. Where do you start when it’s time to cover it in sugarpaste? All those ins and outs!!! Rather Lou than me!
This is one of the cakes by the tutor Helen Mansey in the Squires main hall. It was huge and so beautiful. Even the buttons on the back were perfect.
I can’t tell you how amazing the piping on this cake waa. What isn’t totally clear in the picture is that it’s white writing with black writing on top. It’s so delicate and fine. I was blown away by it.
I didn’t know that Natasha Collins does a class for Squires on how to paint cakes. I’m a bit of a fan of hers. Her cakes are totally original don’t you think?
So that’s my short round up of just a few of the wedding cakes on show at this year’s event. Amazing aren’t they? Which one’s your favourite? I’d love to know….