Cake trip to London

Just back from a cake centred trip to London. me with Paul BradfordI spent a lovely day at Cake International in the ExCel where after ogling the amazing competition entries, I picked up some new skills from demonstrations and purchased a few new “toys” for my kitchen. Cake people are a friendly bunch and whilst it’s great to learn on-line and from books, it’s great to see things done firsthand.
The Modern Pantry

The rest of the weekend was devoted to my London family. However as we all love to eat and they are always up for some cake “research”, the cake theme continued. My daughter and I shared a delicious afternoon tea at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. The Modern Pantry is run by New Zealander Anna Hansen who is known for her unusual flavour combinations. We had no trouble scoffing all three tiers on our cake stand, but we agreed the highlights were the ham sandwich with rocket and pineapple ketchup and the tonka bean, berry and liquorice swiss roll.
We spent Saturday morning at Broadway Market in London Fields. This is a great market for cake lovers. My favourite stalls are Violet Bakery and Fiendish & Goode‘s dainties which is where I first discovered the dainty cakes I make today.
Along with all the cakes we also managed to fit in a Peruvian brunch at Andina , dinner at a Bombay style cafe, Dishoom and some Ginger Pig burgers at Honest Burgers and of course a couple of trips to the pub.
Home again and enjoying some plain fare. Back in the kitchen, getting on with this week’s baking and looking forward to experimenting with some new flavours.

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