I’m a foodie. I can’t help it - I love good-looking, great tasting food (as you can probably tell from some of my recent facebook posts)! You know the saying....”you eat with your eyes first”. It’s true though, isn’t it?… The way food looks is really important to me and experimenting with food trends is all part of the fun of baking. But I’m also a firm believer in making sure that the flavour lives up to the flair!

Shows like Cake International are also a great source of inspiration, but I’ve been known to eat my way around a fair few farmers’ markets and food events too! All in the name of research of course - ok, almost all....http://www.cakeinternational.co.uk/

Last Summer I visited Eat! Food Fest in Reigate’s Priory Park. Yum! It was really busy, had a great buzz and definitely stood out from some of the other events I’ve visited. I liked it so much I’m going back this month. As well as sampling the wares of lots of delicious producers (it would be rude not to, right?), I’m taking to the stage for a VelvetFig cake decorating demo. Eat! Food Fest is on Saturday 23rd July, 11am - 6pm, and well worth a visit. You can find out more about the event here - http://www.eatfoodfest.co.uk/

You’ll find me on the main stage at 3pm where I’ll be creating a two-tier piped buttercream show stopper cake. During the demonstration I’ll be sharing tips and techniques for stacking, piping and making hand rolled roses. Come along and say hello!

http://www.eatfoodfest.co.uk/demos.html

Here are some buttercream tips to try out the next time you are baking at home.....

Consistency is the key - I use one part unsalted butter to 2 parts icing sugar. Flavoured buttercream is big at the moment - fruit purees, espresso and salted caramel all make mouthwatering buttercream, but be careful not to add too much liquid.

Disposable piping bags are great for decorating, but check the size and remove any air bubbles before you start piping. Always use a stainless steel nozzle - it really does make a big difference. If the idea of piping and rolling your own flowers is a bit too scary - check out brands like Nifty Nozzles, great tools that can pipe whole flowers.

Or pop down to Priory Park on 23rd July to see me in action - hopefully you’ll be rolling your own roses in no time!

Emma x