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The Big Cake Show

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 April 2014

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It’s not too late to get your tickets and join us at what promises to be one of the best foodie shows of the year, says Susan Clark

We know baking’s biggest names –Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Exeter’s own Glenn Cosby – are coming to the Big Cake Show but sometimes, the best things come in smaller, quieter packages and as well as baking Royalty, there will over 100 exhibitors attending, many of them local, showing and selling a huge range of bake-related goodies over the three-day show.

From easy-cheat macaron/macaroon mixes to special show offers on must-have kitchen gadgets and bakeware, The Big Cake Show is a unique chance on our own doorstep to catch up on all that’s new and wonderful in the world of British baking.

Devon Life, along with our sister titles, Exeter Life, Cornwall Life and Somerset Life, is the show’s media partner and we will be there serving some surprise baking treats of our own made by a number of new bespoke baking companies that are launching in Devon this year. We’ll be present on all three of the show days so make sure you come by for a treat and say hello!

Last chance to buy

The Big Cake Show runs for three days over 28, 29 and 30 March 2014 at Exeter’s Westpoint. Tickets cost from £12 for a one-day adult entry (£6 for kids aged 5-12 and £32 for a family ticket) from thebigcakeshow.com and there are discounts for buying in advance. Order online or call 01392 829945

Baking Trends 2014

In a recent baking survey carried out by Big Cake Show sponsor, Renshaw Baking, Naked Cakes emerged as the most sought-after new trend with Hidden Centre cakes following closely behind. Lots of respondents said they’d like to learn more about trendy Vegetable cakes and although we think Nude cakes are chic, almost a third of us still favour a buttercream topping over both sugar paste and chocolate.

KitchenAid

Don’t miss out on fantastic Big Cake Show special offers including a one-off show price for the much lusted-after (well, I am lusting after one) KitchenAid as beloved by Nigella & Co. Barnstaple-based exhibitor Pots & Pans is keeping the show price a last-minute secret but had promised it will be worth you while heading to their stand.

Make Macarons

Macarons (if you are French) and Macaroons if not. Whatever your preferred pronunciation the truth is whilst they look so sweet and inviting, these can be a devil to make. Over-work the dough and you’ll be scraping a disappointing cracked, collapsed and splattered mess off the tray when you bring them out of the oven. Help is on hand with this clever pre-made mix from Windsor Cake Company who will also be at the show.

Flavour Shots

LittlePod is an East Devon company selling top quality vanilla and chocolate ingredients at reasonable prices. The company, which will be at The Big Cake Show, specialises in natural Madagascan vanilla paste in a tube. That sounds so delicious I am tempted to write it again …

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