It’s that time of year again. We finally start to see some sunshine, the days get longer, spring is in the air and Exeter is taken over by….CAKE!
Created by two best friends, Mel and Kim, The BIG Cake Show aims to inspire absolutely everyone to give home baking a go. Whether old or young, professional or non-professional, anyone can bake and visiting the show in Exeter, Devon is the best place to start.
BBC baking show, The Great British Bake Off has become so popular in recent years (13 million of us tuned into the final of last series!) that baking seems to have suddenly become quite trendy. The show is designed to bring together this trend under one roof and create a place where the whole family can get ideas, taste some amazing products from local bakery’s and meet the celebrities of the baking world.
She Who Lives was thrilled to be attending the show this year. Taking place over three days, 20th, 21st and 22nd March, we chose to visit on the Saturday. As soon as you walked in, you could feel the exhilarating atmosphere and could physically smell the sugar in the air!
We started the day by having a wonder around all the different stands that had been set up. Now, I want you to think of anything that relates to baking. Got something? Well it was there. Seriously, they had everything. From cupcakes to pastries, baking utensils to cute aprons, there was nothing that you could not find at Westpoint arena.
Throughout the day, The Bakery Theatre was graced by baking royalty conducting many types of baking demonstrations for visitors. After we had a little wonder round, we settled down in some seats at 11am to watch Beca Lyne-Pirkis, contestant on the fourth series of The Great British Bake Off, show us how to bake a pink princess cake. It looked scrummy and was a gorgeous shade of pink.
After a quick lunch consisting of a chocolate milkshake and a Rocky Road slice from Shaldon Bakery (safe to say, we felt a little sick after that but was definitely worth it!) we headed back to The Bakery Theatre to watch Glenn Cosby, also from the fourth series of the Bake Off, make his Chocolate Celebration Cake and Martha Collison, quarter finalist of last year’s Bake Off, make some scrummy looking Easter Hazelnut Friands.
Our personal highlight of the show was getting to meet Martha after her demonstration. She’s only 18 years-old but is already so talented at baking and still finds the time to carry on studying for her A Levels. She Who Lives asked Martha if she would consider bringing out her own recipe book like so many of the stars from Bake Off have gone on to do: “Oh definitely, I’d love to do a book. Probably not until after my A Levels though when I’m not so busy!”