With the novelty-cake craze in full swing, we predict the second annual Cake Bake and Sweets show will be even bigger that the first when it hits Sydney Showground this weekend in a puff of sugar. More than 30 Australian and international pastry chefs, bakers and cake artists will come together to display their skills across more than 150 demonstrations and hands-on classes during the three-day event.
The line-up of talent sharing their tips and tricks includes celebrity sweet master Adriano Zumbo, French pastry chef Pierrick Boyer and self-taught creative cake maker extraordinaire, Katherine Sabbath. Expect to see Sydney landmarks – including Luna Park – depicted in cake form for the Sydney cake installation, and visitors can watch the Australian Cake Decorating Championships – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest cake decorating competition.
“Baking is here to stay, there is no doubt,” Says MC and cake-decorating judge, Rebecca Sullivan of the Dirty Girl Kitchen blog. “There are trends for sure, like the macaron and the cronut, but all of those things have a heritage. The cronut components – the croissant and doughnut – have long histories. At the end of the day, it’s all been done before, but it’s just so interesting to see how you can do it differently.”
Sullivan is a driving force behind the granny-skills movement, encouraging bakers and cooks to embrace the sustainable eating and food practices of our grandmothers’ generation, and looking to preserve heritage, culture and tradition. But she’s also a keen advocate of the simple joy of a good cake.
“I’m very excited to judge the cake decorating, and I’m in awe of what they do. It reminds me of my grandmother, she used to make wedding cakes. Baking is something that takes us straight back to thinking about our grannies and a wonderful nostalgia sets in.”
The event this year includes the addition of a Healthy Baking Theatre, showcasing alternative and health-conscious variations on baking. There will be a gallery of hanging cake art, as well as an array of sweet treats to sample and equipment to pick up for home use. It’s everything a cake lover could wish for.
The Cake Bake and Sweet Show is held at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park from 10am–5pm on June 12–14.. Tickets range from $26–$230.