Get your diaries out: National Cake Week is next week. Yes, that’s right, 31st August to 6th September. Cake is no burger or pizza; it cannot be celebrated in one day, like these other odes to our favourite foods; a week seems only just.
To be completely honest, we didn’t think there was a specific week to celebrate eating cake…we thought that was called ‘every day’. That being said, a specific week to go extra HAM on the baked goods celebrations hardly seems like a bad thing.
Bakers, bakeries and cake pros are all coming together to celebrate all things cake. What can you expect? Exciting specials, exquisite cake art, new launches, live bake-alongs (the simple cook-along has been upgraded), recipes to follow, quizes and competitions and other tasty treats to get your mouth watering for the beloved cake.
Industry names such as Lily Vanilli, Luminary Bakery and Paul A. Young will all be getting involved so make a note in your calendar as we’d hate for you to miss out on a slice of the action. Pause for a chuckle at this totally intentional pun.
So what’s going on?
Paul A. Young’s Victoria Sponge Truffles
Master chocolatier Paul A. Young will be sorting our chocolate cravings for the week (who else better?) with, wait for it, a Victoria Sponge truffle. We love nothing more than the classic Viccy Sponge…but are definitely open to this new concept. Imagine: the gorgeous sponge cake mixed with Paul’s signature white chocolate ganache, layered with homemade raspberry jam and a classic decorative sugar top. Are you in heaven yet?
The truffle will be available to order online and to buy in Paul’s store in Camden Passage, Islington: 33 Camden Passage, Islington, London, N1 8EA.
Lily Vanilli’s Decadent Cake Art
You might be familiar with Lily Vanilli’s beautiful works of art in cake form; the artisan courtyard bakery is situated just off Columbia Road and the self-taught baker will be serving up her delicately designed and decorated pastel-coloured cakes on Sunday 6th September. Expect to see a Vanilla Peach cake, as well as a vanilla, cherry and double chocolate pretzel – umm hello. Gluten-free guests can enjoy the banana bread with buckwheat chia and salt caramel.
Find Lily Vanilli’s bakery just off Columbia Road: The Courtyard, 18 Ezra St, London E2 7RH.
Giant Fondant Fancies with Delights by Cynthia
Delights by Cynthia, a North London cake shop which caters to weddings, occasions and corporate events, will be throwing it back with bakery nostalgia this National Cake Week. Get your orders in for the giant fondant fancy from creative cake artist Cynthia Akinsanya. Made with vanilla sponge jam and buttercream (what a combo), the nostalgic treat is set to be big enough for 50 people to enjoy. The average fondant fancy comes up at about one inch squared – Cynthia’s is set to size up at 10 x 3 x 10 inches.
Don’t miss out on giant fondant fancy heaven and find Delights by Cynthia at 28 Cowdenbeath Path, London N1 0LG.
Rosalind Miller Cakes Online Class Competition
The award-winning cake designers are offering a lucky winner the chance to learn from the experts. Two of their new online classses; ‘Fundamentals’ and ‘All About Buttercream’ (this one sounds the dream) are up as prizes and cover how to bake the perfect sponge and all the essential buttercream icing skills.
If you aren’t lucky enough to win, you can find Rosalind Miller Cakers on concession in Harrods, London.
Luminary Bakery Recipes
With all these new skills we picked up during lockdown, baking could be another feather in the cap for some of you. If that’s the case, take note of Luminary Bakery’s delicious new cake recipe from the new book, Rising Hope: Recipes and Stories from Luminary Bakery. Better still, get a copy of the book and extend National Cake Week for the rest of the year. Well, something good had to be made of 2020…
Black Box Cakes Masterclasses
As if deliveries of slices of Black Box’s gourmet cake wasn’t enough, the bakery is launching Black Box Cake Masterclasses, allowing people book tutorials to elevate their cake baking skills. Available for pre-order during National Cake Week, should you choose to do so, you’ll also receive a free Cake Troubleshooting guide to help solve any mishaps along the way. Keep an eye out on their website and social channels for general cake baking tips next week too.
More quizzes, competitions and cake celebrating
Journalist and food writer Sudi Piggott will be running a Cake Week quiz on Tuesday 1st September (what better way to beat those Bank Holiday blues?) so you can test your star baker potential.
Shropshire-based Lindy’s Cakes is going to be running a live demonstration of a baking technique from her new book One Tier Party Cakes, as well as impressing us all with a demonstration of a hyper-realistic cake.
Don’t forget to enter Gloucestershire-based Vanilla Pod Bakery’s competition where one lucky winner can win a 6″ round indulgent Belgian Chocolate Buttercream Celebration Cake. Naturally, we’ve already entered.