Cake & Charcoal Cheese?

This weekend my wife and I attended the Cake & Bake Show in London. My wife is a keen baker and we went to the show to see what inspiration we could find.

The show was enormous filled with every type of cake, chocolate, bread imaginable.

One of the first things we did at the show was visit the cake walk, an impressive display of cakes made by some very talented people.

 Hard to believe this is entirely edible!

Hard to believe this is entirely edible!

The theme for the cakes was based on travel and they we’re mindbogglingly impressive both creative and intricately detailed.

There were two cakes that impressed me more than the others the first being a globe on top of which sat a cake version of the author Jules Verne, famous for writing - Around The World In 80 Days. The detail on his face was beyond the capabilities of most bakers.

 Jules Verne

Jules Verne

The other cake that caught my attention was a monsterously tall sculpture of flowers from around the world, each one of them painstakingly hand carved and detailed beyond belief.

 Both colourful and beautiful.

Both colourful and beautiful.

The flowers alone must have taken this baker a crazy amount of hours to make then to careful attach each one. I don’t think I’d have the skill or patience to attempt something a quarter of the size of this cake.

The show also featured celebrity guests and a large proportion of the show was based around allergies and intolerance to ingredients as well as vegetarian and vegan diets. We watched Rosemary Shrager make a vegan carrot cake on the main stage and she was both funny and interesting to watch.

 Rosemary Shrager - making her vegan carrot cake.

Rosemary Shrager - making her vegan carrot cake.

However it was at one of the individual stands that I saw the most unique thing at the show Charcoal Cheese! I was very skeptical when I first saw it, with my intial thoughts being how can they make cheese with Carbon? This is what we make our underwear with!!!

 Carbon in cheese? Sounds a bit like a Peter Kay catchphrase doesn’t it!

Carbon in cheese? Sounds a bit like a Peter Kay catchphrase doesn’t it!

I tried a small piece and quickly went in for a second piece. It was unbelievably creamy and delicious. So much so that I ended up buying some for home. If you’re brave enough to give it a try you can find it here from the clever people at Black’s Cheeses.

Most of the cheese went last night at supper but I’ll certainly be re-stocking soon!