The white sprawling tents could be seen from afar as we approached Uhuru gardens on a chilly Saturday morning. We took a small detour and made our way to Uchumi supermarket on Langata Road and out we came with a six-pack of Quencher mineral water. My assistants Kate and Fidelis could not understand at that moment why I had bought so much water but they would thank me later in the day.
We checked into the gardens and after a security check we hurdled together to starve off the cold as we watched over 70 bakers set up their stands and more than 2,000 Kilograms of cake being weighed in. My taste buds were already awake and it was only 9 am; this was surely going to be one sweet day quite literally.
As I am writing this blog post, the word “Annihilation” which is defined as “total destruction” or “complete obliteration” of an object (read team); having its root in the Latin nihil whose literal translation is “to make into nothing”, is ringing in my head.
On June 12th 2014 I prophesied a Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final on my Facebook account. I am 24 Hours away from witnessing that prophesy coming to life. I truly feel for Brazil as a Nation; I don’t think they deserved that kind of humiliation at home but the Die Mannschaft was simply at their irresistible best. I had a bet with a friend and their phone is strangely offline.
Moving along swiftly… Welcome to the Cake Festival 2014. This has to be the best social and charitable event I have ever attended in my life. I had fun, I ate cake, I met new friends, I met friends who already knew me before I did them; did I mention I had loads of cake :D. A new career was birthed in me and last but not least I went home with spectacular photos which you will see in a jiffy.
I have to heap tons of praises on the Edumed Trust for organizing The Cake Festival. They gave it their all in organizing the event and may God richly and greatly reward their efforts. A big thank you to all the volunteers too; you did a great job. It was literally a very sweet approach to educating bright and needy students.
A big shout out to all the bakers who came through; you guys are amazing and may God bless your talents into the next level. To all the sponsors, thanks a bunch for all your support. And thanks to the media stations who covered the event. We had a great atmosphere of security and we thank both God and our security forces for that. Last but not least I want to thank each person who bought a ticket to the CakeFest. Without you the event would not have been a success. God bless you all.
This year I transformed from just gobbling down humongous amounts of cake to actually tasting and sampling cakes and critiquing them. Most of the cakes you will see here really impressed me and just like that my new career was birthed. Indulge and enjoy as I exempt myself from being blamed of all the saliva-related side effects that you may acquire from viewing these images :D.
Venue || Uhuru Gardens – Langata Road
Photography || Kate & Matt assisted by Fidel
My first visit to Uhuru gardens and I completely loved it. Make a point of visiting this National Heritage if you have not. The Cupcakes were to die for… I died and arose a thousand times 😀 Fashion Forward Bakery. The lady on photo number 7 from the top is responsible for this incredible rainbow. NOT PHOTOSHOP. The Tree Trunk cake. Maaaaad R E SP E C T for this baker. My favorite chocolate cake of the day; I wanted to have it all to myself 😉 This is a cake I kid you not. Every inch of it is edible. People got talent. Impressive wedding cake. This photo got me 2 cupcakes from this limited edition collection :D. I Love My Country. The Taj Mahal… Overall winner of the theme cakes competition. Oh yes it is a dress.This cake right here drove me crazy; it was sliced down for sampling at 6.45pm. For you to get a piece of it you had to push and shove. I flashed my media card :D. The signature cakes had to pass stringent checks to meet the set standards. The CakeFest was not just about cake though. It was a place to have fun and meet new people from all walks of life. Meet David, the youngest baker and vendor at the CakeFest. He just completed his secondary education last year. Beautiful ladies. The judges deliberating on what they had seen and tasted. Me posing with Valentine – a winner of the ticket giveaway I had. My wonderful friends 🙂 The party was fit for every age :D. Okay, back to cakes people 😀 He baked live on site; a really talented man. This beautiful shot was courtesy of Kate on her first full outing as a photographer. I was impressed. And since I have launched my career in critiquing cakes, I had to come out with a winner of my own and here is the winning cake. I am a wedding photog so naturally a wedding cake will catch my eye the most. It was a beautiful carrot cake, baked with fine skill. And garnished with exquisite details.
And with that, the CakeFest 2014 came to a sweet end. I cannot wait for next year’s edition. I am seriously thinking about showcasing my Mudcake. But before that I need to learn how to Ice and Garnish it. Anyone out there willing to teach me :D?