Friday, 16 September 2016

Adventure #5: Melbourne Cake Expo

I love all things to do with baking and sweets, and that I go to the Cake Expo every year. Even though this year's Cake Expo came and went in March, I am already counting down the days until the next one, and I felt like writing a post about it.

The Cake Expo was one of the first real events that I attended in Melbourne, apart from the Melbourne Show, and it really opened my eyes to all the wonderful things that this city has to offer. Evidently, Melbourne has been named the "World's Most Liveable City" for the last six years, and I can definitely see why (I have always lived here though, so I don't really have anything to compare it to).

BB-8 Cake by Kevin Martin

Ever since I started writing articles and reviews for the website Weekend Notes, I always know what's coming up on Melbourne's busy schedule (which is a big reason why I finally started this blog).

One of the main attractions at the Cake Expo is the Cake Decorating Competition. Anyone can choose from the multiple categories to enter into, which include one tier, two tier, three tier, cupcakes, and novelty cakes. In my opinion, novelty and three tier are the categories with the cakes that will blow your mind, but every cake that is entered is gorgeous and far better than anything I will ever make.

The other fun part of the Cake Expo is looking around all the different stalls. Whether you're a baker yourself, or just a food appreciator, it's amazing to see how many different ideas people can come up within the world of sweets. Two of my favourite shops that I discovered when I visited this year were Yum-Mammas and Storytale Cakes, who are both located in Melbourne.

A quick browse through Yum-Mammas Instagram shows how talented they are and what big, extravagant cakes they can make, but I've got to tell you, it was their little novelty items that caught my eye at the Cake Expo.

They have the most adorable cookies that I've ever seen, pictured below, that I know if I bought any I would not be able to eat them without crying. Not to mention their "Unicorn Poop", pictured right, which I think is a brilliantly creative name, and definitely the only thing associated with the word "poop" that I would consider eating.

Now that I am getting more serious about my baking collection (and sort of more serious about actually baking), I am wishing that I had purchased some of the tools and gadgets that were for sale - or at least taken some photos to show you.

I remember an abundance of cookie cutters, cake tins and other decorating tools that I know I would practically be drooling over if I saw them now. At least I've got a while to save up for the next Cake Expo!

Something that I have purchased both years is a novelty ring. The first year I went I bought one in the shape of an Oreo cookie, and the second year I bought one in the shape of a purple macaron - completely forgetting until I got home that I had bought the cookie one the year before from the same stall. I guess I like what I like. Unfortunately, I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the stall I got it from. Next year I'll do a better job of noting down the names of stall holders!

Until next time,