Cake Bake and Sweets is a one of a kind baking festival held in Sydney and Melbourne Australia each year. I hadn’t heard of the festival until my good friends Carly and Tresne told me they’d be doing a baking demo at the festival and invited Ben and I down to watch and enjoy a big day full of yummy treats!
I was so psyched for the day I completely forgot to photograph my breakfast of leftover chicken curry – you know sustenance. Then it was off to the show.
We watched two baking demos, one for a Chicken and Waffle Cupcake and the other for a Chocolate Molten Cake with Peanut Butter Mousse. By the time that was done I was ready for my first treat of the day. A ricotta cannoli with orange zest.
I don’t think I have had a real cannoli like this since I was living in Philadelphia near amazing Italian bakeries and this cannoli did not disappoint. The hint of orange was perfect!
After watching a Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake demo by my new friend Shoneji from Food Networks Cupcake Wars (more on them this week in my Friday Favorites) we headed to watch Carly and Tresne “bake” a Raw (no sugar, dairy, gluten) Raspberry Cheesecake.
The crowd was small for the raw cheesecake so by the end of the demo the girls invited everyone up to take a bite of cheesecake. It was surprisingly delicious – I cannot wait to make this one at home some day – perhaps a raw mango cheesecake?!
Once the demo was over and cheesecake was devoured, the girls brought Ben and I one of those yummy Chicken and Waffle Cupcakes from the talent area in the back for us to try. I couldn’t help but think how good that cupcake would taste with some Publix fried chicken in there (all my Southerners know ’bout that chicken) and if you’re in LA you can try the cupcake yourself at Shoneji’s bakery Southern Girl Desserts – shameless plug for my girl!
Carly, Tresne, Ben and I headed over to watch pastry chef Pierrick Boyer of Le Petit Gateau create a Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Toffee Tart. While we watched him work (he was amazing, btw) we sipped on coffees and teas until it was time to go and try a piece of that tart!
The tart was a bit sweet, but then again, the show isn’t called Cake, Bake and Sweets for nothing!
After a long day of eating our group headed to the bar across from the Sydney showground for a few drinks.
I photographed the first beer of the night – but just so you know there were several more after this one.
While we enjoyed our drinks we were offered free tickets to the rugby game by one of the sponsors of the team who happened to be sitting near us at the bar. We had no plans for the night so we took him up on his offer and headed to the hotel restaurant for some appetizers (and more drinks) before the game. Ben and I split the Pork Belly bites.
Once we got to the game we bought two rounds of drinks and cheered to that bloke who gave us the tickets.
After the game we went back to the hotel bar for more drinks (sorry mom) before calling it a night around midnight. But the night didn’t end there for Ben and I… we ordered that crucial late night pizza from across the street and according to Ben, after this photo was taken I ate the whole pizza.
Now I’m not sure about the WHOLE pizza, but I definitely ate most of it.
So you tell me, have you been to a food festival before?
Would you eat a Chicken and Waffle Cupcake? or a Raw Cheesecake?