See Donna Jane Cakes at the Big Cake Show in March

As the popularity of the Bake Off continues to rise, so the home baking movement rolls on. In response to the revival, 2014 saw a gathering of all the South West’s biggest names in baking – including our very own Donna Mears – at the inaugural Big Cake Show. The event, at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter, is easily the biggest of its kind in the South West, welcoming over 15,000 dessert devotees through its doors last year. And 2015 promises to be just as fruitful.

Donna’s far too modest to say so herself, but she’s pretty much the best cake designer in Cornwall, and one of the best royal icers in the UK. This year, she’ll be sharing some of her expertise, offering live demonstrations in the art of royal icing, and selling a selection of baking and icing supplies. She’s super friendly and approachable, and will be more than happy to answer questions, or offer tips on how to get the most from your kitchen creations. Visit her website.

Get a slice of the action

Donna’s demos, as seen in her classroom at Truro, will be Piped Flowers on Friday 20th at 1.30 pm, and Run-out Designs & Techniques on Saturday 21st at 1.30 pm. She’ll be there all weekend to discuss the courses she runs at Truro College. Once you meet her in person, and see the level of skill that goes into her cakes — let alone see the incredible end products — it’s hard not to be inspired to have a go yourself.

So come along and get involved. There’s a dazzling array of things (and famous people) to see, and you never know, it could be you lifting the GBBO trophy next year.