The CakeFlix Cake International Experience 2018
Cake International brings all of the best cake decorators, cake hobbyists and cake enthusiasts from all across the world together for a very special weekend every year.
To celebrate this grand event, for the last few years, CakeFlix (and previously the Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School) have put on special display tables for our Pro members. These display tables allow our members to showcase their talents, and what they've learned via our online courses, to thousands of people at the biggest cake show in the world.
Each year we pick a few themes for our members to choose from, where they then create their cake around based on tutorials we have in the site. This year our themes were Rockin Rudolph', Carousel, Fairy Castle and our Cake International Gold certificate winning Winter Wonderland (based on any of our wedding cake tutorials).
Incredibly, we had over 100 of our students cakes displayed at the show with members travelling from all across the world to contribute. We had hobby cake makers, newbie cake makers and professionals all showing off their work on our stands.
Now that the dust has settled, we thought, what better time to catch up with just a few of our contributors to find out a little more about them and their experience at Cake international.
My name is Samantha Wood and I own Samdango’s Cake Shack in East Sussex.
I’ve been a CakeFlix member for two years now and have been making cakes since 2011, but only started doing it professionally when I opened my business in 2017. This is my second time displaying at Cake International with CakeFlix, having also displayed in 2017.
I chose the fairy castle theme for my cake this year because although I wanted to do a tiered cake, I still wanted to include some models and this design allowed me to do both.
The cake took me about 10 hrs to make over a week and I loved every minute of it! From creating my design with the help of the CakeFlix tutorials, to the excitement of travelling up to Birmingham to deliver the cake and getting to meet Paul, David and the rest of the team. CakeFlix is a fantastic tool that keeps my baking ideas fresh and fun.
I have displayed in the Group entry three years running. The first year was just about building the courage to display at Cake International and I managed the Christmas Gift Box piece that year. The second year, I was part of the Spring theme group and demonstrated the Circle of Love Cake tutorial. This year, I was lucky to be part of the winning Winter Wonderland Wedding Cake Stand.
Because I've learned that clients want to see the range from classic to elaborate, I purposefully kept my design simpler than the taller more elaborate cakes. There was another reason, it would also double up as a show cake for my wedding fairs.
My entry was called Snowball Love. It was a 5 tier piece in an Ice Blue & White theme. It had Ombre Royal Icing stencilled hearts with Blue/White Floral arrangements. I used various elements from a selection of the tutorials online and the design helped me demonstrate and practice my sugarflowers, working with royal icing, stencilling and how to use cake lace and moulds.
In total it took me 48 hours to make
Hi, My name is Viv and I"ve been making cakes for the same amount of time as I've been a CakeFlix member (5 years).
This is my third year doing the display at Cake International and this year. This year I chose the Fairy castle design as I love being able to use my own imagination and use the skills learned from Paul's tutorials.
In total, the Cake took me 18 hrs in total to make and just to be in the display is a feeling of great achievement and the support everyone gives within the group is utterly out of this world.
was my first time as part of the group at Cake International.
For me this was one of the best experiences of my life! At first I was pretty scared and hesitant because I was the only one coming from the US and I really didn't know anyone or have much experience in cake decorating. Much to my surprise, from the very beginning when our display group was formed we became like family.
No matter your level of experience or questions you might have had, everyone was so kind to offer help and encouragement.
Every cake decorator has their off days and sometimes needs that extra push or lift, and the CakeFlix display members and Paul were always there to offer comfort and sincerity when it was needed. I was and am still in awe at the companionship that was formed in this group! Everyone was greeted with hugs, smiles, and laughter. It was like we had known each other for years!
Once all of the cakes were set up, all you had to do is sit back in awe of every single master pieces that had been created. Although, my cake was unfortunately destroyed on the way to the UK, and as heartbreaking it was, not once did I feel left out or out of place. I still was a part of Paul's, CakeFlix team! There is something that can be said for "there is no I, in team" because we were there for each other every step of the way and I know these new found friendships will last for years to come. We are the The CakeFlix Cakers!
I've often been to Cake International and thought 'next year – I'm going to enter – definitely'. The year flies by and I start to think about making an entry and my confidence takes a nosedive – a pretty big one!
I end up just visiting CI and looking on in awe of all those that managed to get a piece to the show tables. It's been the same with starting my business.
I've made cakes for my children and family for well over 27 years and for the last 7 of those I've talked about starting the business. I do loads of research, fill in forms and then never actually do it. I joined Cakeflix in 2012 and became a Pro member in January 2018 in the hope that it would be the push I needed, it has been, although I've really been the tortoise not the hare!!
When the opportunity came to join the Display tables this year, I decided to do what I never had before and jumped at the chance to get a piece displayed at CI. Especially since I'd be doing it as part of a group, rather than have the huge amounts of stress that I assume comes with an individual entry!
It turned out to be my BEST decision ever! I chose Santa's Army, mainly because I had no confidence in producing a fantastic wedding or carousel cake (sssh – don't tell Paul!). My piece, 'Skating Santa' took almost 35 hours to make (not including time for baking or social media distraction).
Driving to CI was scary, every other car on the road seemed to be driving at me, on purpose! I was super nervous dropping it off at the CakeFlix tables at CI but Paul and David were just brilliant, super helpful and so friendly. Seeing my cake on the table with all the other Santa's was an awesome feeling, all the hard work was certainly worth it.
Am I now confident enough to enter Cake international? Maybe …...
Would I take part in a Cakeflix Display again? In ….... a........ heartbeat..........
So lets get started!