“Let them eat cake!”
Queen Marie Antoinette
Well if you insist Marie, if you insist.
Whether you love making cakes, eating cake or just staring at them from afar, the first ever Brisbane Cake Expo was definitely the place to be last weekend. With everything on show from cake pops to cupcakes, cake equipment businesses to cake clubs, Brisbane created a very sweet haven for baking beginners and experts alike. From the outset, I need to say (and I am going to sound like a uni student here!) I was super impressed with the event marketing leading up to the weekend. I loved the font of choice, the logo right down to the website. Even tickets were a little bit cheeky and a whole lot of beautiful. Font appreciating aside, let me tell you about the sweet adventures we had.
There really was something for everyone with a great mix of stalls and food outlets to get your sweet fix. With mind boggling amounts of cake making equipment, I realised how much I didn’t know about this timeless art form and the amount of tedious work that goes into making each intricate decoration. It was amazing to see so many people excited to learn though and filling their bags with lots of cake inspo. What would a Cake Expo be without a competition? Three cake categories, tiered, cupcake tower and novelty were all vying for the title in each respective section and let me tell you, the choice was SO hard because they were all fabulous. The entries I was most impressed with were a Frozen inspired tiered number that had everything from edible Olaf to sparkling snowflakes and a cupcake tower adorned with Baby’s Breathe was also outstanding. After your cake envy had passed looking at all these creations, you could get your hands deliciously dirty with live cake tutorials at the School of Cake. Expo-goers could also learn thing or two from leading and local sugar artists who did free cake demos and tips on the main stage throughout the whole day.
Once we had done a few laps eyeing off our next cake pan or piping bag purchase, we decided it was time for taste testing. Now I know you are thinking.. how do you possibly choose what to have at a place like this? Well to tell you the truth, I thought the same thing! In the end and after numerous um’s and ah’s, I couldn’t go past a Salted Caramel cupcake complete with mini-macaron. It was deliciously light and fluffy and quite like sticky date in taste. My caking partner in crime went for a decadent slice of cherry ripe cake which was so wickedly rich. I loved the chunks of coconut embedded throughout and the depth of flavour from the dark chocolate infused right through the mixture. Yum, yum, yum. I was also really impressed with the vegan goodies on display, beautifully decorated wedding and naked cakes which are all right on trend. We washed these delightful treats down with an excellent brew from Le Petit Noir. That was the icing (excuse the pun!) on the cake. Floral filled mason jars, bunting and lovely little cake stands were also dominant eye candy and I swear they were all silently screaming BUY ME!
Brisbanites did the Cake Expo proud, tonnes flocked to get their sweet fix over the two days and I know for sure it will be back bigger and even better in 2015.