London Fashion Through the Decades at The Cake and Bake Show 2013

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

Probably the main reason I love going to the Cake and Bake Show in Earl's Court each year is to see all the amazing cake exhibitions. It makes you realise that cakes are so much more than a cherry-topped cupcake, or a shiny, ganached chocolate number. Every time I go, the talent and creativity of UK cake designers always inspires me.

And this year, the Cake and Bake Show opened alongside London Fashion Week. It was probably no coincidence then, that one of the main attractions of the show was the Cake Catwalk Competition sponsored by Stork. Cake designers were invited to submit their ideas and interpretations of the London fashion scene, past and present, in CAKE. Here are a few of my favourites...

sylvia barthes edwardian cake
This cake, by Sylvia Barthes, is inspired by the Edwardian era and the inspiration for the topper comes from the English actress and singer Lily Elsie. 

silvia ruggiero 1920s cake
This cake was created by Silvia Ruggiero and is inspired by 1920s fashion.

rufaro matsinde 1920s dress
Rufaro Matsinde created this cake, inspired by the late 1920s evening dress - the top tier is indicative of evening headgear of the time. 

ramla khan fashion cake
This cake won the professional category on the day - it reflects a 'fashion mad girl's bedroom', complete with Philip Treacy hat and Vivienne Westwood shoes.

julia emmett great gatsby cake
One of my favourites, a beautiful cake inspired by The Great Gatsby and created by Julia Emmett.

jo and erica quincey vivienne westwood
This fun and vibrant 1980s and Vivienne Westwood inspired cake was created by Jo and Erica Quincey.

heather bicknell steampunk cake
Steampunk originates from the fashion of Victorian Britain, and here, cake designer Heather Bicknell has included some lighter colours and softer detailing to make it look more contemporary. Another of my favourites. 

veronica rondon 1970s cake
A 1970s-inspired cake by Veronica Rondon, complete with platform shoes and floppy hat. 

ella harvey 1920s cake
Ella Harvey's beautifully decorated cake was another one inspired by 1920s 'flapper' fashion. The 1920s looks set to be a key trend for the coming months in cake design. 

asmara hanna fashion cake
A modern cake design by Asmara Hanna, showing fashion from East London and 'juxtaposing casual garments with ostentatious accessories.'

aggy dadan 50s ruffle cake
A 1950s-inspired cake by Aggy Dadan. The idea for the cake came from the 'full, frothy skirts with tight belts' from the rock 'n' roll and pinup years.

Did you go along to the show? Which of these cakes - or any others you saw - do you like the best?