I’ve just returned from the very first ‘BCN and Cake‘ Fair in Barcelona. Cake decorating is a relatively new craft in Spain but judging by the crowds and long queues to get into the fair, I think is may be as popular right now as in many other countries in Europe. I was invited to the fair, all be it a bit last minute, to present the Spanish version of my contemporary cake decorating bible – “Decorar Pasteles”. My slot on the main stage was on Sunday morning so I was up bright and early to do a couple of magazine interviews before my appearance!!
I always enjoy talking to my audiences, but when English is not their first language I am always a little wary before hand as a good translator is vitally in order to communicate effectively. I needn’t have worried, as I had the lovely María Paz Rolando from Chile to help me – not a professional translator but a very keen cake decorator.
I started my presentation by talking about the Spanish design influences in the book – my Gaudi inspired wonky cake, ‘La gloria de Gaudi’, the art nouveau stained glass window from Girona that inspired my ‘ Sueños de Libélula’ cake together with the ‘Maravilla en mosaicos’ and ‘Toda vestida’ mini cakes. These inspirations were one of the reasons I agreed to visit the show! My crowd of spectators were delightful, every time I finished a small demonstration piece they clapped enthusiastically, I have never experienced that before – clapping at the end yes, but not during!
My allotted time passed incredibly quickly, I hope my audience picked up a few hints and tips to help improve their own sugar work and that they went away feeling inspired.
Blog quote from Helena Osés who visited the show and watched my presentation:
“Pero si alguien me encantó fue Lindy Smith. Para mí la “reina” indiscutible del fondant. Encantadora, majísima, divertidísima. Inglesa a tope y un crak. Una “grande” que demuestra a donde ha llegado porque es la sencillez personificada. “
An inpiration quote that I love:
“We are all creative. We all have ideas. All we require is the confidence to prove them.” Roger Shoshana
And I hope that I through the Spanish version of my contemporary cake decorating bible, I can give even more readers the confidence that they need to be able to create their ideas successfully in sugar.