Cake & Bake Show

Cake & Bake Show

Cake & Bake Show

In case you have missed it, The Cake & Bake Show will be in town at The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston on the 30th October – 1st November.  This is the first time the show has come to Edinburgh and its one not to miss!

You can expect to find a great mix of live demonstrations, expert classes, market stands, live competitions and so much more to develop your home baking!

You will also get to see and meet renowned baking stars, patisserie experts and the industry’s best cake decorators.

Celeb Bakers

Celeb Bakers

From demonstrations on the Super Cake & Bake Theatre in association with NEFF, to do-along classroom sessions and book signings – there will be lots of opportunities for you to learn from the best!

Rosemary Shrager

Rosemary Shrager

Cake Decorating

Cake Decorating

The Cake & Bake Show is thrilled to announce a new partnership with The Great British Bake Off.  You will be able to indulge your passion for baking at the Great British Bake Off Stage where you can expect to see some of the stars from the current GBBO series as well as former champions, John Whaite, Jo Wheatley, runner-up Brendan Lynch and plenty more.

Tickets are now on sale here:  Just quote BLOG20 when purchasing to get 2 tickets for £20*

Look out for the Edinburgh Bakers there,  as we are one of the official event bloggers of the Edinburgh show!

* Ticket Offer T&C’s:  Offer valid on Adult full price tickets only.  Offer ends 29.11.15.  Ticket terms and conditions apply.  Information correct at time of print.





Afternoon Tea at the Colonnades

Afternoon Tea at the Colonnades

Afternoon Tea at The Colonnades

It’s no secret that we love cake, and we have also been known to enjoy an Afternoon Tea or two. So when we were invited to the launch of the Colonnades at The Signet Library we jumped at the chance. The Signet Library became a favourite of ours when it opened its doors every August, but now you can enjoy this pleasure all year round.

The ColonnadesThe ColonnadesThe Colonnades

We were seated for the main event and some fizz was poured by the immaculate staff. We were served a little amuse bouche of gourgeres, which we can safely say we could have eaten over and over again.

Fizz and Mocktails

Fizz and mocktails

Our stand of savoury delights then arrived and we were blown away by the variety and the presentation.

The savouries

Savoury stand

The usual suspects of sandwiches were present, but a delightful selection. Egg mayonnaise topped with a quails egg and caviar (for that luxurious touch) and a Ramsay’s of Carluke honey roast ham with Arran mustard mayonnaise.

The savouries

The savouries

The other savoury items were equally as good. A light and fresh prawn cocktail, a mini Aberdeen Angus burger, smoked applewood cheese and celery tart, a mozarella bocconcini and sunblush tomato, a goats cheese mousse and finally Edinburgh Gin infused smoked salmon on oatcakes.

The savouriesThe savouries

With the bar set high with regards to quality we eagerly awaited the arrival of our stand of sweet items, and it did not disappoint.

The Sweet Stuff

The sweet stand

From the top we had a rhubarb fool, blood orange jelly and a very moreish lemon meringue tart.

The Sweet Stuff

Sweet treats

On the next layer there was a Belgian chocolate and sea salted caramel tart, a strawberry mille feuille and a passion fruit and mango eclair, which was the highlight for us.

The Sweet Stuff

Sweet treats

On the bottom were two lovely scones (served warm) with jam and clotted cream. Our final treat came as a surprise, a palate cleanser of lemon sorbet and was a lovely way to finish a magnificent afternoon tea.

Lemon Sorbet

Lemon sorbet

We washed all this down with fizz and fabulous teas blended in Scotland from The Wee Tea Company.

Tea from The Wee Tea Company

Tea from The Wee Tea Company

The afternoon tea can be made to suit various dietary requirements, including gluten free, with advanced notice.

The Colonnades opens its doors on the 4th June 2015 and we think this is one afternoon tea you should definitely try for yourself.

Other menus are also available if you’d like a snack and/or drinks. A full afternoon tea is £30 per person.

Highly recommended from us.

EVENT – Going Underground, 7th November 2012

The Edinburgh Cake Ladies are going underground…..

Going Underground

The Edinburgh Cake Ladies are Going Underground.

For one amazing night, we will be holding a meeting in The Real Mary King’s Close, one of Edinburgh’s leading tourist attractions.

The staff at Mary King’s Close handled a visit from David Hasselhoff this summer, but can they handle the Edinburgh Cake Ladies paying a visit? Can they cope with the sugar?

Since Mary King’s Close is rumoured to have one or two ‘ghostly’ characters, our baking theme will be Spooky Bakes.

Mary King’s Close is said to be haunted – photo Gary Doak

Mr Chesney, the last resident in the close is often said to be lurking underground in an angry mood. Perhaps if we leave him some cake, he’ll become a happy ghost…..

Annie, a wee girl who was abadoned by her family during the plague was said to be a sad and sorrowful ghost until she was left a doll as a present in the 1990s. We’re hoping that leaving her a few slices of cake will help keep her happy.

The event will be held completely underground, so it is not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia. A full healthy and safety briefing will be given by the Mary King’s Close staff prior to us heading underground and the staff will also be on hand during the evening.

Theme – spooky bakes

This month you can make something sweet or savoury, as long as it is spooky in looks or name. You could also use leftover Halloween paraphernalia to decorate your chosen bake(s).

The extra twist this month is that only Alison and Fiona, the organisers of this event, will know who is baking what in advance. Attendees will find out what’s awaiting them when they arrive…….


The meeting will start at the slightly later time of 7pm due to operational reasons of the venue.

Those that are successful in gaining a place at this sought-after cake event, will be sent further details about the meeting and what to bring on the evening to help the setting up process run smoothly.

Mary King’s Close

Donations to charity

The majority of our cake events are free to attend. Due to the logistics of Mary King’s Close cafe and  where we are holding the meeting (down several flights of stairs) – it is not practical to use the cafe on the evening as we would normally do.

The venue is very kindly supplying all tea/coffee and water to those attending.

In exchange for the drinks, we suggested that people made a donation on the evening to our chosen charity – It’s Good 2 Give.

We are very honoured that Lynne McNicoll, the founder of It’s Good 2 Give will be joining in the underground fun.


Staff in costume and character will welcome us to the close and show us around the venue in small groups throughout the evening.

There will be a group photo taken in Mary King’s Close itself at some point in the evening.


We have enrolled the fantastic magician, Elliot Bibby to also perform at this event. Elliot is a supporter of It’s Good 2 Give and was recently a finalist in Britain’s Got Variety.

A talented magician

Although he’s threatened to make our cakes disappear, we have every confidence that he’ll bring them back so we can eat them!

How to apply for a place

You can apply for a place NOW at this exclusive event. Ladies and gents welcome.

Send us an email by 6pm Thursday 25th October

Please email what you plan to bake. Places are not allocated on what you are baking. If there are duplicates, you will be emailed and asked for a second choice, or if there is an unhealthy ratio of savoury to sweet (we are a cake club after all).

Please do not tell anyone else what you are making to keep the surprise for the evening.

You can email us now at – edinburghcakeladies (at) gmail (dot) com

There are 20 places available for this event. If the number of people requesting a place exceeds 20, a waiting list will be created.

Staff from Mary King’s Close will choose the names from a hat after the closing date.


We understand that this event is special and that those applying may have children who would kill for a place to eat cake, witness magic and hang out in a haunted street. If you have a child who would like to come, please specify this in your email. A child does not count to the total number of attendees – we have allowed for a few attending.


The twitter hashtag for this event is #undergroundcake

Thank you places

As a thank you to Sue who kindly hosted our last meeting at Cafe Musa, she will automatically be granted a place at this event, as will Katey and Victoria who organised it. These places are included in the 20 available.

Thank you to Mary King’s Close

We would like so say a very big thank you to all the staff at Mary King’s Close that are making this event possible. It perhaps has something to do with the fact that the general manager Craig Miller, is very fond of cake himself. Thank you!

You can follow Mary King’s Close on twitter @MaryKingsClose and like them on Facebook

We highly recommend a visit to this tourist attraction, it’s a great activity all year round and is suitable for anyone aged 5 and over.

Opening times and prices can be found here.

For one night only, cake will lie beneath….

Middle Eastern supper club, 30th June 2012

It will be authentic, but not this authentic!

Where and when?

After our successful night at Kitchen Porters back in March, the cake ladies (and men) have been invited to another Edinburgh supper club. This time we will be taking part in a Middle Eastern feast on the evening of 30th June 2012.

Our host for the evening will be Wendy from Inside Out Chef.

The cost of the evening is £25 per person for the whole feast. Alcohol is BYOB and there are 14 spaces available.

How do I get a place?

If you would like a space for this event, please email us at edinburghcakeladies (at)

We will then send you a link (and a password) to access and pay a deposit of £10 to secure your place.

As soon as the menu is confirmed closer to the evening, you will receive a copy and the address of the venue will be released. You will also have an opportunity to declare any food allergies (the menu will be tweaked accordingly).

Making flat breads the traditional way

Should you subsequently not be able to come to the evening, we will endeavour to get someone to take your place.

Please do not obtain the link and try to pay without us knowing as we are tallying up the numbers.

Places will be issued on a first come, first served basis until the 14 spaces are filled. A waiting list will then be formed.

You can email us now!

Not Wendy’s oven

*Please note the pictures used are genuine and from Alison’s trip to Jordan.