Julia Taylor

Cake Bake and Sweets Show – Keep Calm & Bake On

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There are two types of people in this world: the kind that loves eating sweets and come back for seconds, and the kind that doesn’t really enjoy sweets as much as you do but more than willing to share their half of sweets because they know you’d appreciate it more than them. Which side do I stand? It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out. HAHA. Ok, fine, I LOVE SWEETS and I HEART RECEIVING SWEETS. You got me there! There was a lot of pressure for me to decide which show or shop I’d race off to first. I had a number of ideas and whether it was smart to bring one of those supermarket trolley like from Costco, just in case I couldn’t carry all my items that I planned or didn’t plan on purchasing. But I am happy to report the show gave FREE GOODIE BAGS once you walked into the other side of the entrance door. So the environmental bag was indeed very handy. What I’ve discovered about the show is that from 10am-6pm, there’s so much to see and do but so little time. Pretty, pretty please Cake Bake and Sweets Show I request for extended hours next time with sprinkles on top. 😀

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TOO SWEET ! HOORAY to Media Pass! A BIG Thank You to Cake Bake and Sweets Show and Thrive PR 😀

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Waited for the first show cake decorating show.

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Free Goodie bags by Bonne maman at the entrance.

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Think I need a bit of colour in my life. Plastic icing by Cake Art.

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Mondo Naked Cakes offers a selection of cupcakes for any occasion.

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Tempt your taste buds with Mondo Naked Cakes mud cake. YUMMO!

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Celebrate all things miniature with The Wright Partner Cake. Mini Alice and Wonderland Theme.

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Master the art of cupcake or cake decoration with their fun-filled classes available at The Wright Partner Cake.

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No cake is complete without some fancy toppers.

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This is just too adorable! Don’t you think?

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I also found creative cake table ideas. Sooo FREAKEN good you’ll just want to stare at this all day!

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Such a charming display filled with the perfect decorations of Ferrero Rocher Strawberry MarshmallowStrawberry candy and Vanilla Biscuits.

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Make and Take Classes for an additional $20 per person.

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Love unicorns especially if it is edible. Thanks Jayne Baratta for  this Novelty Cake.

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This astonishing swan wedding cake by Shayne Greenman got my neck twisted.

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Kim-Hang Nguyen made one heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece that captures the simple grace of childhood from the movie My Neighbor Totoro

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Breathtaking icing sculptures, serious fun, and humour for audiences of all ages by Anna Maria Roche.

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Unlike most wedding cakes, Min Jung Kim knows it’s all about the bride and the BRIDE ONLY. Haha.

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More inspiring themed cake table display.

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Vanessa Wardle made one beautiful wedding cake creation.

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My goodness. For a mother nature wedding cake, choose this one! 

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BREATH TAKING!!!

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Nicole Pal from Sugar Pop Bakery makes dessert pops look too good to eat!

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Eileen Scriven wedding cake is an elegant embellishment. The two swans look happily peaceful on that cake.

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Just in time and Rich’s  diary whipped topping cupcake demonstration begins.

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This is one appetising vanilla flavoured cupcake.

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Learn how to whip something impressive with only 1 ingredient, whipped cream.

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One way to turn a basic batch of cupcakes into something impressive is to fill each cake with…

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small amount of Rich’s moist, fluffy white whipping-cream-infused vanilla.

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LUCKY Amy from Milkteaxx received a cupcake rose from the whipped cream chef. Teehee. It’s definitely the best topping I’ve ever come across.

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Sadly Amy couldn’t taste how delicious this was because she was too busy taking a photo of my cupcake. Haha. Sorry Amy! I’ll make it up to you next time.

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Get your hands dirty with Cake Boss cupcake pipping classes.

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Amy placed her name for the rose pipping class at 12:30pm and unfortunately for me I wasn’t aware it was FREE CLASSES. But I was still keen to take quick snaps of what they were demonstrating. Moments later Woohoo for me someone didn’t show up and I was more than happy to take the spot.

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Prepared vanilla cupcakes. Each person had 4 cupcakes  to decorate and take home.

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You know I don’t bake as often as I should when I say…I never knew there is so many icing accessories.

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Yes, there were 4 cupcakes but these were the 2 best I made.

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WHATTTT I also didn’t know edible glitter exists. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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The demonstrator mentioned to sprinkle a little bit of glitter but I ignored her and sprinkled 5 times more than I should of. You can’t blame be for being excited over edible glitter. EDIBLE GLITTER.

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Cake Boss also offered flower decoration classes but those were fully booked within 30 minutes of opening the show.

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How cool is the 3D Hot Air Balloon? By The Raspberry Butterfly

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Strangely feel this could be me one day…Married to all things sweet.

Just because I’ve been to Anna Polyviou’s first dessert degustation at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel here and then again when she turned Asian for Luxbite Bernard Chu here doesn’t mean I can’t take another photo with her. There’s something about me and Anna. You see we kept bumping into each other throughout the entire show. I might as well have followed her like a puppy and be her assistant the whole day. Teehee.

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Spotted Shangri-La hotel Sydney Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou 

It’s hard to not recognise Australia’s patissier and answer to Willy Wonka , as evidenced by his pastry creations Redskin, Mont Blanc and Salted Butter Popcorn Macarons. Also not to mention torturer of MasterChef contestants. Adriano Zumbo whose eccentric imagination and magical patisserie playground underlines the concept of  sweet factory of fun. His first sweet empire started in Balmain in 2007 and now has expanded to five stores including the latest one in QVB, Sydney. It was such an honor to meet Adriano and have a quick interview with him right after he shared his fantastic demonstration of Amazing Macaron Creation.

The only question I asked in this interview was “What is your favourite macaron?”. Whilst smiling he replied “Salted Caramel and Passionfruit” . I was extremely lucky to chat with him for a few minutes before this dessert king heads off to the crowded fans. If you’re into whimsical treats that will blow your mind (and tastebuds) then Adriano Zumbo Patisserie is the right place to be. His macarons and cakes will give you Willy Wonka’s wet dream and it is something you’d want to experience.

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With the dessert king Adriano Zumbo

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So apparently I witnessed Dan Lepard and Adriano Zumbo first time meeting each other. LOL.

Right after Adriano finished demonstrating this Amazing Macaron Creation, you never guess who had the opportunity to eat this scrumdiddilyumpshus dessert. Well, technically I just ate a quarter of it from a lovely lady who was hand-picked by Adriano to have this dish. It was just freaking perfect, though presentation may of slightly lacked but it taste just as good.

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Amazing Macaron Creation demonstation dish

Le Cordon Bleu earned its reputation as the ultimate in hospitality, cuisine and patisserie training. If Andre Sandison has taught me one thing, it’s that you genuinely have to have the passion with the ingredients you use to form a  magnificent piece of art.

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Perfect little swan by Le Cordon Bleu.

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80 degree sugar patiently waiting to be molded into something spectacular.

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Sugar decoration of a rose by Andre Sandison at Le Cordon Bleu.

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Sugar decoration of a gold fish by Le Cordon Bleu.

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Stunning Sugar decoration by Le Cordon Bleu.

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Magnificent artwork by Le Cordon Bleu.

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Krishna carrying sugar lollipops.

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Ready to eat Sugar lollipops by Le Cordon Bleu.

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This unique sugar lollipop made me go bananas as I felt like a kid all over again.

I got on really well with Karman from Le Cordon Bleu , and even though we chatted for a brief moment I felt like I was swept off my feet by a talented stranger. She tells me her Paris adventures and that she has only been with Le Cordon Bleu for 8 months and enjoys every single moment of it. Though the hours are ridiculous (6 days of training and 1 rest day) but it is her number one dream and she will do whatever it takes to fulfill it.

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Kaman serving Caramel Dessert Cup.

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Caramel Dessert Cup– 3 Layers of caramel – OMGEEEEEEEE!

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Everyone meet Andre Sandison who also taught the lolly bag man Luxbite Bernard Chu 10 years ago!!!

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40 hours preparation plus 40 hours constructing of making this glorious chocolate masterpiece.

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I think this chocolate sculpture drew a lot of satisfying sounds from the show.

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Satisfying sounds indeed… 😀

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Samantha Mounstephen knows how illustrate a heart wrenching meaning to this cake.

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This cake has earnt it’s recognition by being TREE-IFIC

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Susan Singleton displays a jungle adventure rainforest.

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Jacquie Goldstaiz knows how to seal a heart by locking it with hands.

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In between shows I purchased Heilala Vanilla extract.

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Cupcakes might be delicious but cake pops are a lot more fun.

Eric Lanlard who is an award winning master patisserie creates extravagant cakes for A-List celebrities including Sir Elton JohnMadoona and George Michael. Also twice winner of the prestigious Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards.

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International Talent spotting and it’s Eric Lanlard who is the owner of Cake Boy.

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Grain & Co. delighted to bring eco-friendly range of customised banners and cake flags.

All the way from USA Taryn Mumpower and Robyn Holt are two gorgeously talented baketenders and stars of Cupcake Wars . Famous for their ALCOHOL infused CUPCAKES, they both make up a saucy duo. Their cupcake motto is NO BAKING BORING CUPCAKESIf you are ever feeling the need for something quirky in your cupcake then head over to Pick Your Poison Bake Shop because it is the perfect exquisite little cupcake-baking machine. But that’s only if you are in Austin, Texas.

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Taryn Mumpower couldn’t help pipping cream cheese frost into this guys mouth.

Taryn Mumpower and Robyn Holt mentioned on a good day they sell over 300 cupcakes a night from 5pm-1am. The key difference about marketing these cupcakes is that they are sold next door to a bar. And Robyn said “Texas people love cupcakes after having a drink or two”. It is quite interesting to hear Texas people much prefer cupcakes as a midnight snack whereas Sydney people choose hot dogs and pies. But I guess it’s no surprise for Taryn as she isn’t afraid to admit she was born and raised in Las Vegas and that “Americans love their alcohol”.

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It’s Pick Your Poison Taryn Mumpower and Robyn Holt. 

Duff Goldman is a creative international pastry chef, Sydney has been hunting for! He is a pure artist in the department of all things sweet. He founded and owns Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes bakery and stars in the hit TV show Ace of Cakes. His extraordinary cake creations includes Star Wars, a replica of Stanley Cup, to LIFE SIZE Hogwarts Castle for the premiere of Harry Potter. He mentions he has created one exquisite cake for Oprah and President Obama’s Ball. On a personal level he mentioned his first tattoo he ever got is Little Prince because his mummy use to always read to him in French before bed time. Ngawwwww so touching.

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Duff Goldman thinking about his hilarious past.

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Cartoony Cheeseburger and Fries Stunt Cake by Duff Goldman.

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Duff Goldman knows how to impress the audience with his facial expression.

I think my eyes and taste buds orgasmed more than a million times whilst watching Duff demonstrate his talent on stage. I feel like Duff has given me the opportunity to let me explore the dangerously naughty imagination of a cheeseburger and he doesn’t even know it. Things got serious when he started assembling the burger. But panic escalated quickly when this GIGANTIC cheeseburger was slowly taken away right after the show.

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This is a sexually explicit photo of a HUMONGOUS Cheeseburger. You must be old enough to understand it. 😛

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Extraordinarily large burger that comes with LARGE fries. Now that is what I call LARGE fries Mc Donalds!

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Duff Goldman finally signed one of his fans baking tin as requested on his Twitter account. But Eric Lanlard signed it first.

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Now who would want to eat that?…it’s TOO BEAUTIFUL to eat their faces off by The Cake Pop Queen

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What’s in the goodie bag?…

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My hand feels rather massive…but who cares! I scored myself FREE mini size Bonne Maman gourmet jam jars.

I mentioned earlier I participated in rose popping classes at Cake Boss site, well whoever attended and enjoyed any of their classes received a FREE CAKE BOSS GOODIE BAG! Surprisingly this bag contains more than what I imagined. I think this bag of goodies is value of $60+.

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Fast forward a few hours and it’s near the end of the Cake Bake and Sweets Show, DAY 3. Arriving fashionably late to the event due to work, my first stop was Anne Polyviou “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops demonstration. And look who do we have here… Adriano Zumbo enjoying FAIRY FLOSS !!! When life becomes too stressful for the dessert king, twirl some candy floss.

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Besides macarons, Adriano does like a little pink in his life.

Before Anna ended her show, she was so generous to giveaway one PINK KitchenAid Stand Mixer valued at $650+. All contestants had to do was simply tell Anna and the audience how to make “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops.

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Winner!

I’ve had a pretty rollicking start to day 3 when I received “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops. This beauty contains 4 layers. From the bottom strawberry jelly, then cream cheese mix that includes Heilala Vanilla, cream cheese, sugaregg and what for it…Callebaut white chocolate. I’ve also discovered crumbed digestive biscuits and then fresh berries. To add the final touch, fairy floss is chosen to complete this pink madness.  

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Scored myself “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops

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Red Skin Macarons

In between Anna’s show, I was star struck again and this time all the way from Melbourne, the super sweet couple Bernard Chu and Yen Yee from Luxbite. It was perfect timing to bump into them as I had just arrived and they were about to go. When Bernard dashed right passed me, my brain had froze and I blurted out “Hi Bernard” and he quickly looked over his shoulder and replied “Hi”. But what was most unforgettable moment for me was he directly looked at me and walked back towards where I was standing, stops right in front of me and said “I know you…You’re that food blogger, Nessy Eater…yeah Nessy Eater“. Secretly overwhelmed that Bernard, who was seen on MasterChef because of his bizarre idea of combining old-school lolly favourites into one spectacular 7 layer cake and Yen remembers Nessy Eater is such an AMAZING feeling. Sorry for being so cheesy! I am certainly over the moon Bernard Chu, a Pastry chef at LuxBite notices Nessy Eater. And before the two left to venture around Sydney, Bernard decided to take a photo for Instagram. You guys SERIOUSLY rock. THANK YOU BERNARD AND YEN ! 😀 You can read my review on Luxbite here.

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Bernard Chu and Yen Yee from Luxbite

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Dean Gibson practicing his notes before he goes on air with Lyndey milan .

Award winning sugar artist and craftsy instructor is Sheryl Bito. She is truly a sweet, lovely lady and so happy to finally meet her in person. She is the owner and founder of Buns in the Oven Cupcakery in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. Sheryl’s style is often described as sweet and wonderful. She is known for her miniature cake topper and I have found she loves her job as she pays so much attention to detail.

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Sheryl Bito from BunsInTheOvern Cupcakery and her Teddy Bear Topper Figurine.

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Teddy Bear Topper Figurine.

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It’s not everyday you get to luvo with Sheryl Bito 

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Cake Bake and Sweets Show was almost over and what better way to end it with Eric Lanlard making delicious Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Cake and maybe perhaps have a Tim Tam in between his baking.

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Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Demonstation Cake

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Bye bye Eric Lanlard.

80 hours of sugar decoration and Eric Lanlard smashed all 3 winners art work (Andre SandisonDean Gibson and John Ralley) into pieces. It only took 1 minute to destroy it all. I mentally cried inside… but the good news was we were invited afterwards to all grab a few pieces to take home.

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80 hours of sugar decoration, DESTROYED!

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Last one standing was Andre Sandison chocolate art.

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The only piece of chocolate I had from Andre Sandison chocolate art.

Finding excuses to see Adriano Zumbo, Eric Lanlard and Anna Polyviou one more time was difficult. Taking a photo with them the second time with my previous photo I took with them on the first day was just so awkwardly embarrassing but sooooo FREAKEN WORTH IT! Besides signing books or zumbarons rectangular white boxes, I wanted something much MUCH more fun and also to decorate my plain wall. Chances of me being rejected for asking an autograph were a high 90’s because humans around me started to increase. Thankfully with my stalker eyes I managed to tap Adriano Zumbo, Eric Lanlard and Anna Polyviou on the shoulder and kindly asked for their priceless autograph. WINNING! I feel all giddy inside. THANK GOODIES they didn’t reject me. Tee-hee.

To some up about Cake Bake and Sweets Show for 2014 in Sydney, I think it has definitely impressed me. With so many demonstrations happening at the same hour, I just wish their were 10 of me. It is easy to forget time when you are having so much fun. That crazy love affair with baked sweets sends me to another universe and I anxiously wait for next time.

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And if you have missed out on Cake Bake and Sweets Show in Sydney then don’t worry. They have got you covered and are heading to Melbourne!

For more information visit Cake Bake and Sweets Show here or visit their Facebook here.

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Cake Bake and Sweet Show as a guest, courtesy of Cake Bake and Sweet Show (opportunity provided by Kiarna) and Thrive PR  (opportunity provided Abbey ). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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Taste of Sydney 2014 – Recap

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With an enviable line-up of Sydney’s tastiest restaurants on offer, it was a mission to try ALL 60 + dishes, wines, beers and spirits. Well at the time, I thought I was capable of accomplishing this. But with only little time to eat, I had to give up a few things. Taste of Sydney 2014 located at Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park, Sydney had a few sessions a day- either the lunch session from 12-4pm and the dinner session from 5:30-10pm. I picked the night session as I believe that’s were all the fun begins. Before tantalising your taste buds with signature dishes, you must load your Crown Card ($1= 1 Crown). Otherwise you won’t be able to pig out as all restaurants don’t accept cash or credit cards except for some stalls. 

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The GIGANTIC TASTE BANNER.

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O-M-GEEEE Media Pass!!!

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Crown Card loaded with Crown Money

My first stop, I decided to redeem my FREE CIDER that Rekorderlig Cider offered to me. It’s not hard to miss this massive tent as shades of red and white really stand out.

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Rekorderlig Cider Tent

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All the Rekorderlig Cider I could ask for!

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Bean bag seating

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Ping pong anyone?

It was a glorious day and having to walk an additional 20 minutes because you couldn’t find parking means you need a drink. A LARGE fruity drink, particularly eyes on the Strawberry & Lime Cider (6-8 Crowns). The cup is half full of ice and to garnish a squeeze of lime makes this beverage even more refreshing.

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Strawberry & Lime Cider

Next stop Dilmah Chef’s Skillery features chefs who bring a unique skill to the table. Flavio Carnevale from Popolo demonstrates his perfection in knife skills. Plus, we had the opportunity to ask burning questions during an intimate Q & A session.

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A range of Dilmah tea flavours

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Martin Dulke telling us some funny jokes.

Did you know Popolo means people? I know right. I learnt something new at Taste of Sydney.

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Flavio Carnevale from Popolo demonstrates his knife skills.

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Tasting Dilmah’s Rose with French Vanilla and Ceylon Spice Chai.

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Free Dilmah Goody Bag

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Freebie from Maille

After chilling with Martin Dulke and Flavio Carnevale, we end up in front of Chow Bar & Eating House, which is a Chinese eats. I ordered Beggar’s Chicken (12 Crowns) that consists of silken lemon tofuvinegar and red peanuts. That chicken was pretty moist, smokey and contained enough spices to go with a bowl of rice.

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Beggar’s Chicken (12 Crowns)

For the Dongpo Veal Rolls (6 Crowns) this contains pickled black fungus and hot mustard. I quite like the fun-size presentation. The roll is best eaten in a hands-on manner and I encourage you to just dive right in.

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Dongpo Veal Rolls (6 Crowns)

These kissable sliced baguette bread smothered in Lurpak butter is incredibly tasty. I may have had seconds and thirds…and so on… 😛

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Sampling Lurpak butter

It was time for me to take a break from food and enter the Bundaberg Truck. It was very intelligent of Bundaberg to place a flashback theme from ancient furnitures to collecting  Bundaberg bottles through the years.

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Bundaberg shaped pistol bottle

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Got to taste the molasses…SUPER SWEET!

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It’s not everyday you see a boat inside a glass bottle.

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More Bundaberg bottle displays. This time the focus is on football players.

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Let’s go back to the historic times.

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Another freebie!

When it comes to olives, be sure to visit Salt Meats Cheese. I was surprisingly hooked on all their olives. And there’s plenty more where they came from. This is no ordinary olives, as they are drenched with fresh herbs and vegetables. I managed to discover the difference between each colour olives and hearing the delight of how they are marinated by one of their staff.

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Salt Meats Cheese- Harvest Olives – Sicilian Olives, lemon chunk, carrot, celery, onion and parsley.

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Salt Meats Cheese- Healthy Olives containing Green & Black Olives, Chickpeas, quinoa, pinenut, barley and fresh garlic.

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Salt Meats Cheese- Almond Olives- Green Olives, almonds, fresh garlic, lemon zest and fresh basil.

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A whole almond inside an olive

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Salt Meats Cheese- Green olives, chilli, paprika, cinnamon and fresh garlic.

It’s not before long I jumped straight to their combo – Just Awesome (22 Crowns) with handmade Salami, Cacciatore Salami, Serrano Ham, handmade Bocconcini, aged Pecorino, Asiago served with Sardinian flat bread. This is one icon box no one should miss. I should of probably got a glass of wine with that…

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Salt Meats Cheese- Just Awesome

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Salt Meats Cheese- BONUS Free tub of olives with every awesome plate. Normally (6 Crowns)

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Yogurtland – Tasting Dutch Chocolate

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I was on paparazzi mode and Alice in Frames spotted me taking a photo of her.

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FINALLY met the one and only Alice – Masterchef Australia in 2012

Take me back to this Crispy Pork Belly (8 Crowns) from Chur Burger. It is stunningly delicious and the promise of a better bite each time. It’s a magical sort of burger that is best to be kept to yourself and yourself only. The gooey chilli caramel, aioli and mint slaw was spot on with flavours. As for the thick slice of tasty pork belly, tender.

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Chur Burger – Crispy  Pork Belly (8 Crowns)

Off to the Cut Bar & Grill and we ordered Seared Kingfish (10 Crowns) including green beans, olives, tomato and egg. The dish is definitely colourful, however it was upsetting to not be able to share the fish among two people. A tad tiny for 10 crowns but what saves this sort of thing is partly the intensity of flavours that comes out of this plate.

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The Cut Bar & Grill – Seared Kingfish (10 Crowns)

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Pineapple Coconut Cocktail (10 Crowns)

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Couldn’t help but take a photo of a pineapple. It looks so much better in sunnies.

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Sensology– Espresso martini (10 Crowns)

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Cointreau Fizz- Strawberry Mint (10 Crowns)

Talk of the town is Cooking classes with Julia Taylor for (8 Crowns). And not to mention limited spots! Luckily I bumped into the organiser whilst walking and he just happened to yell out “Lurpak Cookery School”.

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Patiently waiting outside the Lurpak Cookery School.

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For (8 Crowns) Julia Taylor shows us how to make Ravioli with Salmon in Nut-Brown Butter

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As for dessert we have Salted Caramel Tarts.

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My half cooked salmon ready to be flaked.

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Tarts waiting to be filled with salted caramel.

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Pipping hot caramel.

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The glory of pouring hot sticky caramel onto the tart is magical.

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Presentation ain’t so great but taste is fantastic. I did not know butter can be an ingredient to a pasta dish.

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Julia Taylor  MasterChef 2012 runner-up

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You spin me right round baby, right round… Teehee.

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Customer service at 4Fourteen/ Four in Hand is FANTASTIC!

After seeing that piggy, well you know what I ate next… Suckling Pig (12 Crowns). The rich, complex flavours surprise my tastebuds that accompanied by smoked potato salad and crushed apple. The key to this dish is the drawing together of many elements onto the fork.

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4Fourteen/ Four in Hand – Suckling pig with smoked potato salad and crushed apple (12 crowns)

To end all savory dishes, we get a Peanut Butter Popsicle (6 Crowns) – Enriched with honeycomb crunch and dulce de leche. It is an intimate time with this coma induced treat. A great pick for those who fancy peanuts.

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4Fourteen – Peanut Butter Popsicle (6 Crowns)

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Flinders Island Slow-cooked Lamb chop (4 Crowns)

Have you ever been keen to try insects for dessert? Because at Edible Bug Shop there’s plenty of bugs for you to try. I mean yes, it sounds creepy crawly but it’s edible! Plus it contains more proteins than chicken, I think. I went for the most “appetising” and interesting flavours that included Guava and Ant Sorbet (8 Crowns) and Pistachio and Chocolate Crickets (8 Crowns)

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Edible Bug Shop

You see those tiny black spots? That’s ANTS alright! Plenty of Guava and ants in this cup. I guess if no one mentioned there’s ants in this ice-cream and instead chocolate sprinkles, then this could be more appealing.

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Guava and Ant Sorbet (8 Crowns)

In an exciting first to try Pistachio and Chocolate Crickets, I was pleasantly amused how the crickets are coated in milk chocolate. It contains a crunchy and nutty flavour that satisfies or perhaps upsets some stomachs. I could only fit one chocolate cricket in my mouth and that was it for me. But overall, a great way to end the evening with some insects in my mouth.

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Pistachio and Chocolate Crickets (8 Crowns)

Taste of Sydney is a worthy day out to sample chefs who bring a unique dish to the festival for an acceptable price. Though quality and presentation may not meet some viewers but you do get to see upfront what these culinary masters do.

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Taste of Sydney as a guest (opportunity provided by Exposure PR) and paid for the food independently, unless stated otherwise

Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own. 

Photos by Vanny Tang

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NE Cake Bake & Sweets Show, Sydney GIVEAWAY – Be in it to win it!

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Wow, it’s my first time doing a GIVEAWAY and boy I’ve got something SWEET for you today! Thanks to CAKE BAKE & SWEETS SHOW, one lucky Nessy Eater reader will win 2 x ticket passes to Cake Bake & Sweets Show worth a total $56! Just imagine, if you can, what it might be like to witness first hand tonnes and tonnes of packaged sugar, flour, cocoa and many more baking ingredients that then turn into the most indulgent looking sweet treat.

Make Taste Shop- ChocIf that didn’t help, then I should be blunt and ask you the following questions:

  • Do you feel like sweets has a magical control over you?
  • Do you find yourself thinking about what sweets you will try next?
  • Do you lie about or hide the amount of sweets you eat?
  • Does eating sweets make you happy?

CBSS Macarons

If you’ve answered all yes, you MUST ENTER! The Cake Bake & Sweets is one of Australia’s biggest event for all things sweet. Three days of your favourite sweet snack and packed full of celebrity chefs demo, classes and hands on workshops.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears out for celebrity chefs like you know…

  • Adriano Zumbo, TV personality and Master Patissier Extraordinaire ( Check out my review on his macarons here)
  • Julia Taylor, Australia’s MasterChef Runner-up
  • Anneka Manning, Author and founder of BakeClub
  • Pick Your Poison Girls (USA), stars of Cupcake Wars on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD and first time in Australia 
  • Eric Lanlard (UK), star of Baking Mad on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD, first show appearance in Australia 
  • Nancy Ho, Winner of The Great Australian Bake-off
  • Anna Polyviou, Head Pastry Chef, Shangri-la Hotel Sydney (Check out my review here and here with Luxbite) and MANY MANY MORE Celebrity Chefs.

All Star Talent

Sweet Prize: One reader will win two passes to the show ( This is perfect to take your someone special on a day out! Share the love for all things sweet. )

When: 21st – 23rd March 2014

Where: Sydney Showground, Olympic Park

How to enter is simple:

  1. Like Nessy Eater Facebook Page
  2. Leave a comment here or on Nessy Eater Facebook simply telling me what is your favourite sweet and why. For the Instagram followers, you can comment there to enter as well. For the readers who secretly read my blog, get involved! Don’t be shy, I love comments nor do I bite 😛

You can enter as many times as you want and don’t forget to follow my Twitter and TWEET this GIVEAWAY.

Giveaway ends: 16 March 2014 12am AEST.

Announcing winner: A winner will be announced 17 March. Best of luck!

For more delicious info regarding Cake Bake & Sweets Show visit here. What are you waiting for???? Start commenting!!!!! In the meantime I shall stuff some chocolates in my face 😀

****THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR SWEET RESPONSES!****

CONGRATULATIONS TO SANGITA FOR WINNING TWO TICKETS TO CAKE BAKE & SWEETS SHOW

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Cake Bake & Sweets

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