Baking and sweets show finds Wonderland
By Laura Aiken
Oct. 2, 2013, Toronto – Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show celebrated the wonder of whimsy this year with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
Costumed characters grabbed attention on the show floor and stage, but none so much as the collection of Alice in Wonderland themed cakes that inspired a crawling isle of awe.
Heather White and Lori Joyce of Cupcake Girls fame were also a good place to find a bottleneck at the show, which took place Sept. 27-29 at the Toronto Congress Centre.
People were lined up in spades to get their photo taken with the cupcake queens, and purchase aprons or t-shirts as merchandise. Buddy Valastro, Anna Olsen, Brian Emmett and Christian Faure M.O.F were other celebrity chefs anchoring the show. Chef Faure and his team set up an enclosed test kitchen where they made macarons and demonstrating sugar pulling. There were plenty of faces pressed against the glass.
Cupcakes were in many displays at the show, but there were also plenty of doughnuts, cookies and most definitely cakes. There were nine categories of professional baking competitions, ranging from a doughnut showdown to specialty breads.
A display from the wedding cake competition showed a strong leaning towards vintage styles this year.
Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co. was sampling spicy Thai cocktail cheddar shortbread, hitting the mark on trends of more savoury notes and cheese garnering general media buzz in the dessert world.
The show offered a number of classes for visitors, bringing in such industry fixtures as chocolate ambassador Joseph Montinaro and leading cake designer Rosalind Chan, amongst many other prominent names, to share their skills.
All in all, attendees of this year’s show were treated to a feast for the eyes and plenty of treats, with no shortage of whimsy to go around.