Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Cake
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. 😀
TOO SWEET ! HOORAY to Media Pass! A BIG Thank You to Cake Bake and Sweets Show and Thrive PR 😀
Waited for the first show cake decorating show.
Free Goodie bags by Bonne maman at the entrance.
Think I need a bit of colour in my life. Plastic icing by Cake Art.
Mondo Naked Cakes offers a selection of cupcakes for any occasion.
Celebrate all things miniature with The Wright Partner Cake. Mini Alice and Wonderland Theme.
Master the art of cupcake or cake decoration with their fun-filled classes available at The Wright Partner Cake.
No cake is complete without some fancy toppers.
This is just too adorable! Don’t you think?
I also found creative cake table ideas. Sooo FREAKEN good you’ll just want to stare at this all day!
Such a charming display filled with the perfect decorations of Ferrero Rocher , Strawberry Marshmallow, Strawberry candy and Vanilla Biscuits.
Make and Take Classes for an additional $20 per person.
Love unicorns especially if it is edible. Thanks Jayne Baratta for this Novelty Cake.
This astonishing swan wedding cake by Shayne Greenman got my neck twisted.
Kim-Hang Nguyen made one heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece that captures the simple grace of childhood from the movie My Neighbor Totoro.
Breathtaking icing sculptures, serious fun, and humour for audiences of all ages by Anna Maria Roche.
Unlike most wedding cakes, Min Jung Kim knows it’s all about the bride and the BRIDE ONLY. Haha.
More inspiring themed cake table display.
Vanessa Wardle made one beautiful wedding cake creation.
My goodness. For a mother nature wedding cake, choose this one!
Nicole Pal from Sugar Pop Bakery makes dessert pops look too good to eat!
Eileen Scriven wedding cake is an elegant embellishment. The two swans look happily peaceful on that cake.
Just in time and Rich’s diary whipped topping cupcake demonstration begins.
This is one appetising vanilla flavoured cupcake.
Learn how to whip something impressive with only 1 ingredient, whipped cream.
One way to turn a basic batch of cupcakes into something impressive is to fill each cake with…
small amount of Rich’s moist, fluffy white whipping-cream-infused vanilla.
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.
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.
Get your hands dirty with Cake Boss cupcake pipping classes.
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.
Prepared vanilla cupcakes. Each person had 4 cupcakes to decorate and take home.
You know I don’t bake as often as I should when I say…I never knew there is so many icing accessories.
Yes, there were 4 cupcakes but these were the 2 best I made.
WHATTTT I also didn’t know edible glitter exists. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
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.
Cake Boss also offered flower decoration classes but those were fully booked within 30 minutes of opening the show.
How cool is the 3D Hot Air Balloon? By The Raspberry Butterfly
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.
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.
With the dessert king Adriano Zumbo
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.
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.
Perfect little swan by Le Cordon Bleu.
80 degree sugar patiently waiting to be molded into something spectacular.
Sugar decoration of a rose by Andre Sandison at Le Cordon Bleu.
Sugar decoration of a gold fish by Le Cordon Bleu.
Stunning Sugar decoration by Le Cordon Bleu.
Magnificent artwork by Le Cordon Bleu.
Krishna carrying sugar lollipops.
Ready to eat Sugar lollipops by Le Cordon Bleu.
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.
Kaman serving Caramel Dessert Cup.
Caramel Dessert Cup– 3 Layers of caramel – OMGEEEEEEEE!
Everyone meet Andre Sandison who also taught the lolly bag man Luxbite Bernard Chu 10 years ago!!!
40 hours preparation plus 40 hours constructing of making this glorious chocolate masterpiece.
I think this chocolate sculpture drew a lot of satisfying sounds from the show.
Satisfying sounds indeed… 😀
Samantha Mounstephen knows how illustrate a heart wrenching meaning to this cake.
This cake has earnt it’s recognition by being TREE-IFIC
Susan Singleton displays a jungle adventure rainforest.
Jacquie Goldstaiz knows how to seal a heart by locking it with hands.
In between shows I purchased Heilala Vanilla extract.
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 John, Madoona and George Michael. Also twice winner of the prestigious Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards.
International Talent spotting and it’s Eric Lanlard who is the owner of Cake Boy.
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 CUPCAKES. If 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.
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”.
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.
Duff Goldman thinking about his hilarious past.
Cartoony Cheeseburger and Fries Stunt Cake by Duff Goldman.
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.
This is a sexually explicit photo of a HUMONGOUS Cheeseburger. You must be old enough to understand it. 😛
Extraordinarily large burger that comes with LARGE fries. Now that is what I call LARGE fries Mc Donalds!
Duff Goldman finally signed one of his fans baking tin as requested on his Twitter account. But Eric Lanlard signed it first.
Now who would want to eat that?…it’s TOO BEAUTIFUL to eat their faces off by The Cake Pop Queen
What’s in the goodie bag?…
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+.
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.
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.
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, sugar, egg 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.
Scored myself “Berry Me in Cheese” Push Pops
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.
Bernard Chu and Yen Yee from Luxbite
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.
Sheryl Bito from BunsInTheOvern Cupcakery and her Teddy Bear Topper Figurine.
Teddy Bear Topper Figurine.
It’s not everyday you get to luvo with Sheryl Bito
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.
Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Demonstation Cake
Bye bye Eric Lanlard.
80 hours of sugar decoration and Eric Lanlard smashed all 3 winners art work (Andre Sandison, Dean 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.
80 hours of sugar decoration, DESTROYED!
Last one standing was Andre Sandison chocolate art.
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.
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!
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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