Sunday, October 21, 2012
London Cake trip May 2012.
Slight delay, but a few months on I am going to tell you what I got up to in England!
At the Telford cakes international show I was fortunate enough to sign up for several demonstrations that were held throughout the two day event.
The first demonstration that i attended was with Alan Dunn, the flower guru. Alan demonstrated tropical flowers and with his sense of humor and his nice charming way about him we were entertained with his flower skills.
Later on in the day I attended a demonstration from Tony Warren who demonstrated Calanthe Vestita (sugar orchid). Tonys demonstration was clear and very well structured and at the same time entertained the audience with short stories too.
The final demonstration that I attended was with Elaine MacGregor who demonstrated again brush embroidery with run- out painting in icing. This was fabulous.
That evening the group attended a local Chinese restaurant and with more than 25 people at our table, the restaurant noise was very boisterous with our noisy group.
We were all hyped and over dosed with cake decorating!! Shares in cake decorating tools in the British economy was booming!
On the Sunday I attended in the morning a demonstration by Tracey Mann and she demonstrated her chocolate paste in cake decorating.
The second demo. Marion Frost, Patch work cutters owner and cake extraordinaire showed us the latest cutters that her and her husband had designed and showed different ways of using them.
In the afternoon Mary Jo Dowling from the USA demonstrated small furry chocolate animals. Mary Jo modelling skills were amazing and modeled a cute little mouse.
The next demo i attended was Alan Dunn again and this time he demonstrated exotic flowers.
The last and final demo was with Cassie Brown and she demonstrated using an air brush how to apply it to various edible products for different decorative designs.
The group had to make a hasty departure at 5pm as we were London bound for the last few days of the groups trip.
On the Monday morning we made our way to Peggy Porschen cake studio in Belgravia in London. We had a lovely morning ,with Peggy demonstrating roses and other flowers.
Peggy provided beautiful cakes and refreshments during the demo and we were able to view some of her latest display cakes.
We the ventured further up the road to Peggy's cupcake parlour. In small groups we visited her basement bakery and Antonella (The Cake Girl) and I chatted to the pastry chefs about the cakes, how they were decorated.
We also spoke about Australia's distinctive sharp corners on our cakes and our less is more attitude, especially with sugar flowers being used.
We then had the opportunity to view Peggy's wedding cake room with some stunning wedding cake designs. I purchased some of Peggy's Products and delicious cupcake too!