Okay, everyone who loves cake raise their hand (if you like this article and I can do a cyber hand count - shameless self promotion, I know. Naughty me).
Assuming everyone whose clicked on this article raised their hand (why else would you be here?), then you will probably be interested to hear about Manchester's Cake & Bake Show 2013. After a successful debut in London, This flour-raising event is now heading North to treat Mancunians to the same delights. With live demonstrations, cooking competitions, tastings, and baking workshops, it is a truly interactive event. So if If biscuits make you beam and macaroons make you melt, then be sure to book a date in your diary and head down to Manchester Central in Petersfield between the 5th - 7th April.
Some of the best known companies will be exhibiting at the show, ensuring that you get perfect pies, fluffy cakes, and brilliant bread with every bake.Allinson produce some of the best flour; I swear by their Very Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour . And then there is Billington's, who are best known for their unrefined sugar, but I am also rather partial to their dark glace cherries. Those who like to dress their cakes with a bit of bling will no doubt want to check out Dr. Oetker or one of the many other decorating stalls.
Before you laden yourself with a ton of baking, accessories, however, you should take your time to wander around the featured areas and part in some of the numerous activities on offer. These include baking demonstrations at The Cake Kitchen, where the TV Chef and master patissier, Eric Landard will teach you how to make delicious pastries, and the master chocolatier, Paul A Young will show you make tantalising truffles. Any fans of the Great British Bake Off are in for a treat. Not only will you get to meet contestants from the show such as series three finalists, Brendan Lynch and James Morton, but you will also be privy to a masterclass from the one and only Paul Hollywood at The Bakery. Unfortunately the Queen of Puddings, Mary Berry, had to cancel her appearance, but the spirit of the show won't be lost because the Competition Theatre will be holding a Live Bake Off. Current Bake Off champion John Whaite will bring members from the audience on stage and put them into teams, where they will bake head-to-head.
Other contests include the Cake Catwalk, You can also enter the Baker's Dozen, and the Gingerbread Village, where you can help build a beautiful and delicious village fit for Hansel & Gretel. All entries must be in by the 22nd March, and those chosen for the shortlist will get a free ticket to the show, plus get to bake live on stage.
I love to bake cakes, but I really suck at presentation; if you also need a few tips on making your cakes look as good as they taste, then the Sugarcraft Academy will be giving lessons in icing and decorating.
Guest celebrities will also be giving Q&As, book signings, and lots more. If you don't want to miss out, you should book as fast as fast action yeast. Adult tickets cost between £12.50-£20, while children 5-12 years old are £7.