All-Star Line-Up At Inaugural Melbourne Cake And S...

All-Star Line-Up At Inaugural Melbourne Cake And Sweets Show

Melbournites indulged in all things sweet, savoury and baked at The Cake Bake & Sweets Show, the first gathering of its kind for home bakers, cake decorators and passionate foodies at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Sweets-lovers came from far and wide to take part in the three-day event devoted to the art of baking and cake decorating, where 160 of the best international and homegrown baking stars entertained and educated through a series of demonstrations, interactive workshops and competitions.

US celebrity chef and television personality Buddy ‘Cake Boss’ Valastro made his Melbourne debut alongside one of Australia’s most celebrated patissiers, Adriano Zumbo, who brought his macaron magic to the stage. Show-circuit regulars, Anna Polyviou, Pierrick Boyer, Tim Clark, Kirsten Tibballs, Dean Brettschneider and Maria Vella also came on board to offer advice and to showcase professional baking techniques.

A life-sized, edible wedding chapel was also constructed out of cake and played host to a real wedding. More than 30 cake decorators and Australian Cake Decorating Network members from across the country volunteered their time to construct the cake chapel, which measured around 7m long, 4m wide and almost 3m high.

Weighing more than 800km, the chapel was mainly crafted from more than 75 chocolate mud cakes, chocolate ganache and fondant, with styrofoam and wood used to support the foundations.

Lead architect Verusca Walker, who is well-known for her gravity-defying cakes, said the show was the perfect place to take on the massive project.

“This project really is like nothing we have ever done before – 640 eggs, 20kg of butter, 150kg sugar, 120kg of flour, 40kg of cocoa, 60kg of Sicao Chocolate, 80kg of ganache all topped with 160kg of Satin Ice fondant,” she said.

“Beyond the core chapel structure itself were hundreds of sugar flowers adorning the chapel, giving it a detailed really romantic feel.”

The happy couple, Stef and Dave, had planned on getting married in 2012, but sadly lost their daughter. Since then, the couple has dedicated themselves to their cake business, in honour of their daughter, who loved everything sweet.

“Getting married in a chapel of cake means the world to us! Ever since we started our business, cakes have become part of everything in our lives so it’s a perfect fit for us and what we love,” Stef said.

Guests were also able to sample and buy in the expo hall, which featured the latest in baking equipment and ingredients, cake decorating supplies, chocolatiers, as well as a delicious marketplace of gourmet sweets and baked goods.

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