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Cake Festival 2015 – How it went down…

When the event organizers for the Cake Festival 2015 say come and eat as much cake as you can, they are actually very very serious about that. This event had about 200 bakers showcasing their skill. It was a day of pure indulgence. We ate so much cake and I feel I will not have any more cake in a long long time. The bakers were very engaging and warm and majority of them had really high quality cake. And the best part is that all funds raised from this event shall be used to further education for students who come from needy backgrounds. It was all for a worthy cause.

This is how it went down.

cake festival 2015 nairobi kenya aa illustrated by kenyan food blogger Kaluhi Adagala

You know an event is fantastic when people turn up in humongous numbers despite it being a cold, rainy muddy Saturday. I too was a bit skeptical about being an attendee because of the weather but I am pleased to have attended. The growth both in terms of quality and magnitude the Cake Festival has shown over the years is not to be ignored. This time round, they also provided us with some warm coffee to have with the cake and to warm us up, or just some water to wash down all that sugar and keep us hydrated.

This year’s theme was Africa Rising and it sought to award the baker(s) who have or show the most growth potential. Cake Citizen won the overall emerging category. It is very unfortunate that I did not get to sample their cakes, but those who did were absolutely blown away.

I will talk about the bakers/bakeries that stood out for me. Kindly note this is based on personal opinion hence is subjective. I am by no means an expert judge.

 

  • Cakes by faith

Cakes by Faith owned by Faith Wanjiru_Cake festival 2015

Owned by Miss Faith Wanjiru. She is one of the sweetest and most genuine people I met the entire day. She started baking as a hobby and being really good at it saw her transform it into a full fledged business. This is something I really admire and hope to mirror one day.

baker and entrepreneur faith wanjiru founder of Cakes by Faith together with Kenyan Food blogger Kaluhi Adagala

What I noticed about her cakes is that they were not cloyingly sweet but very very memorable and tasty. This in turn allowed you to actually taste what the cake is made of instead of feeling like you are licking sugar straight from the bowl. Another plus is that her cakes were so moist.

One of the best chocolate cakes I had. It was very moist and had a rich whipped cream icing

One of the best chocolate cakes I had by Miss Wanjiru. It was very moist and had a rich whipped cream icing.

 

pina colada cake by Faith Wanijru director of Cakes by Faith_Cake festival 2015

The Pina Colada cake was also as tasty as it was colorful.

 

lemon cake with fresh strawberries cake by Faith Wanijru director of Cakes by Faith_Cake festival 2015

The lemon cake with fresh strawberries was very refreshing. Because she does not overload on sugar, you tasted the flavors of the lemon and fresh fruit really well.

 

oreo cake by Faith Wanijru director of Cakes by Faith_Cake festival 2015

And for all the Oreo lovers, she did not forget you. Her oreo cake will leave you speechless.

She makes deliveries, with them being free for any location along Thika road and a small fee charges for any place beyond. Like her Facebook page: Cakes by Faith to have the same sweet experience I did.

  • Cakes and Muffin

Cakes and Muffin house_bakery in Nairobi located just outside the city along ngong road

They are a small group of bakers with their bakery located along Ngong road just next to Uchumi Supermarket. They too have really nice cakes and do deliveries all over Nairobi.  You can like them on Face Book and visit their website for more information about themselves.

My favorite was the orange and coconut cake. I have never had a cake with that particular combination of flavors and I was glad to try something new and tasty.

orande and coconut cake by cakes and muffins along ngong road nairobi_cake festival 2015

The two flavors of sweet yet tangy orange and nutty coconut complimented each other and came together magestically in this amazing cake. It was delicious.

The also had other cakes such as Pina colada cake, lemon cake and black forest cake. Another cake from this stand that I will not forget is the Death by Chocolate. That name should be taken literally because think I literally died when I had this. While it had good textural contrasts because of the nuts in it, it was SO SWEET, abit too sweet for my liking. However if you like very very verrrrrrry sweet cakes, the Death by  Chocolate cake by Cakes and Muffin is for you.

  • Rupu

Rupu is an online shop in Kenya where you can get anything including cakes from bakers who supply through then

Are you as surprised as I am to know that food can be bought through this online shop. I was a bit skeptical about this but I realized the cakes were not that bad actually.

Rupu.co.ke is Kenya’s largest and most successful online shop. Rupu surprises and delights more than 70,000 customers each day with unbeatably priced and exclusive offers on electronics, restaurants, travel packages, wellness and entertainment. They also sell a wide variety of cakes under the restaurant category on behalf of different bakeries in Nairobi. The quality of cakes undergoes quality assurance testing to ensure they meet Rupu’s quality standards. At the Cake Festival, Rupu was giving away cupcakes supplied by Four Cafe Bistro located at Warwick Centre along UN avenue in Gigiri.

They had chocolate cup cakes, red velvet cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes. All their cupcakes has a creamy cream cheese frosting. I chose vanilla cupcakes. Yum!

vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting_Rupu cake stand_Cake festival 2015

vanila cup cakes purchased from Rupu Online shop_Cake festival 2015

 

  • Krumble

Krumble cakes and cookies as one of the participants in Nairobis Cake festival 2015

They not only bake cakes but they also have a cookie brand they are soon to release to the market. If the cakes taste like this, I am certain their cookies too will do well once officially launched.

some of the cakes exhibited at the cake festival 2015 by Krumble bakers

Krumble cookies set to launch in the Kenyan market in the coming months

  • Naivas

The Naivas stand was full all through out the day. And when a stand is full, they offer something good. They did have really nice cakes and I wasted no time asking for tips from the bakers present. They gave me some tips, allowed me to learn a lot from them  and we became friends <3

Kenyan Food Bloggers_KALUHIS KITCHEN_Kaluhi Adagala with the bakers from Naivas at the cake festival 2015

Supermarket cakes have a really bad perception, and understandingly so because they are usually below par. But i recent times, alot has been done to improve the quality. Naivas too has come a long way as their cakes were cleared almost within 3 hours of the event commencing. They were that tasty. But they too, have a long way to go and  improve on. But judging from how they are growing, they will soon be a shaker and mover in the baking world.

White forest cake by Naivas Supermarket

White forest cake by Naivas Supermarket

black forest cake by Naivas

Black forest cake by Naivas

Coconut cake with fruity syrup. I am not sure if it is because of the coconut, but I found this was their best tasting cake.

Coconut cake with fruity syrup. I am not sure if it is because of the coconut, but I found this was their best tasting cake.

  • Cake City

Cake festival bakes included cake city who are a distinguished baker in Nairobi

And cake festival 2015 would not be complete without cake city participating in it. There alot of mixed reviews about this particular bakery and I was eager to see where I would stand after sampling their cakes. I was so blown away. They were moist, very fresh and they used actual chocolate in their cakes. I sampled their chocolate chip cake and their chocolate truffle cake.

chocolate chip cake by Cake city who were one of the bakes in the cake festival 2015

Chocolate chip cake by Cake City was very moist, not too sweetand this was compensated by some chocolate thrown into with the frosting and filling

 

One of my favorites fro the entire day was this Chocolate truffle cake By Cake City. It has a bitter sweet filing which went so well with the chocolate.

One of my favorites fro the entire day was this Chocolate truffle cake By Cake City. It has a bitter sweet dark chocolate filing which went so well with the chocolate.

There were also some fantastic cakes which I could not sample as I was to full by the time I got to their stands or they were not for eating but just for viewing:

UPDATE : I have been informed that the cakes below were by ‘Cakes of Joy’ from South Africa. This particular tent was holding their own competition hence their cakes were not open for the mutitude to sample. But they are pretty none the less.

Kenyan food blogs_some of the cakes exhibited at the annual cake festival in NAIROBI FORM AN UNNAMED STAND

 

some of the cakes exhibited at the annual cake festival in NAIROBI FORM AN UNNAMED STAND

some of the cakes exhibited at the annual cake festival in NAIROBI FORM AN UNNAMED STAND_cake fest 2015

 

beatiful cake at the annual cake festival in nairobi kenya from an unnamed stand

 

Also, for those who bake or want to bake, there are these really cute moulds you can use to make the most beautiful baked goods. They do not melt in the oven neither do they leave color on your bakes goodies. You can contact them and like their Face Book page while you’re at it: Spice Land

cake moulds in an exhibition at the cake festival nairobi

cake festival 2015 nairobi_cake moulds in an exhibition at the cake festival nairobi

cake moulds in an exhibition at the cake festival nairobi kenya

 

Despite the light rain and crazy mud, I am glad to say we were all happy and full. Did you attend? Which was your favorite cake?

If you did not turn up for Cake Festival 2015, I am sorry to say this but you really did miss out. Make sure you do not miss next years event and let’s make this even bigger :). For all those I met, became friends with and learnt plenty from, it was a pleasure.

attendees of the KENYAN CAKE FESTIVAL 2015

KENYAN people happily celebrating the cake festival 2015 which raises funds to educate the less privilaged students in the society

beautiful KENYAN ladies who were among the attendees of the 2015 cake festival in NAIROBI AS CAPTURED BY Kenyan food blogger Kaluhi Adagala

Kenyan Food Blogger Kaluhi Adagala at the Cake festival 2015

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14 Comments

  1. Cake by Faith

    June 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Kaluhi. this blog is amazing. thank you soo much for the awesome reviews.
    id also like to recognize cakes nd cakes who did an amazing job with their tropical cake..yum yum! it was an awesome day. till next year, may the cake eating continue.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      June 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Hey Faith,
      You are most welcome. I think I left before I got to sample cakes and cakes, what a loss. But I hope to visit their shop some day soon. Also, My readers are requesting you to open an Instagram page so that they can see your work and get to know you alot more :). Do consider that sooon 🙂

  2. Great feature! And you are very right; Cakes by Faith have done many cakes for me, frends and family and her cakes are amazingly different! Am glad that you have also enjoyed her great taste and art!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      June 8, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Hey Hope 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed the blog. And happy we can relate concerning how nice miss Wanjiru’s cakes are. I am planning to let my friends and family have a taste of her sweet works too.

  3. David Muriithi

    June 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    You simply ROCK!!! Thank you for the wonderful review. I missed the fest this year but was there last year. Due to your blog…I feel like I attended this year (and at least I did not add any calories either) 😉

    Keep up the amazing work. I am such a fan (and I don’t say that about many people)

    Bless!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      June 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Wow! Thank you so much David :). Hope to enjoy next year’s cake festival with you. And I an so stoked that you like my work *moon walks* 😀

  4. Thanks for the review the Festival was muddy awesome! Looking forward for teh next…

  5. am actually salivating when i see this…

    • kaluhiskitchen

      June 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Did you come? It was so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!! The cakes were really really good too.

  6. This is my kind of event! hopefully i will around for one.all that cake? #foodheaven

  7. I want your occasions updates

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