On Friday, my mother and I departed for Manchester (120 miles away) to spend the day at the Cake and Bake Show 2014. It was an enlightening experience, not least because it’s the first time in a good decade that I’ve crossed the North-South Divide. For those of you who aren’t aware of the social map of England, the North-South Divide is the imaginary line that separates we civilised people down South from the heathens Oop North.
The day was a delightful experience which mostly involved gazing with lust at the expensive kitchen equipment (that blender could make ice cream in 35 seconds!), laughing at some of the more ridiculous stalls (dog biscuit wedding cakes, anyone?) and, of course, trying all the different cake samples.
My mother was very taken with the California Prune Board stand, which were offering individually wrapped prunes for consumption, but I preferred the marshmallow stands. Our eyes were opened to the wonders of cappuccino marshmallows, Marmite chocolate (I loved it, Mum hated it), and bacon and maple syrup cake.
WARNING: IMMINENT PICTURE OVERLOAD.
Then we got to the cake decorating stands…
This one towered at least four feet above the rest of the cakes:
Now for the themed cakes: guess the movie!
Excuse the blurriness, these had to be taken at lightning speed as, for some unfathomable reason, everyone wanted a picture of these cakes.
This is a cake:
These are some more cakes:
This is a Frozen cake!
And all of these are cakes. Even the eggs are cake. Even the toast is cake. Even the cake is cake.
Then we headed for the jungle display, which was…incredible:
Can I just reiterate: THESE ARE ALL CAKES! Honestly, it was cake-lover’s heaven.
And finally, the showstopper:
In case you were wondering, this is a life-size baby elephant cake. It contains 750kg of cake, 250kg of sugar paste icing and around 40kg of chocolate. It also contains 3 million calories and was being decorated throughout the show by sixteen professional cake-makers.
And all of this was held in Manchester Central, which appears to be the old train station, and therefore qualifies as an awesome place. It looks a little bit like Platform 9 and 3/4, if Platform 9 and 3/4 were made of cake. Which would be no bad thing, in my opinion.