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NEW VIDEO: The Gravity Defying Turtle Class at CakeArt Creations The Studio

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At the weekend, I was invited to attend a class at CakeArt Creations the Studio in Atherstone, near Birmingham.

Hosted by the inimitable Lynda Gilbey of CakeArt Creations, the class was being taught by my dear friend and Mr Baker’s Blog favourite, Rhianydd Webb of Dragons & Daffodils Cakes by Rhianydd Webb.

I’ve been lucky enough to attend a class with Rhianydd before and, as I explained at the time, having been active within the cake world for over 20 years, Rhianydd is a veritable font of knowledge when it comes to cake decoration and design.

Usually based in Pontypridd, in South Wales, Rhianydd has booked in a whole selection of her 2019 classes at CakeArt Creations the Studio, as, in addition to being a lovely, purpose-built teaching space, it’s central location – just outside Birmingham – means that it is easily accessible to cakers from all over the country. In fact, on the day of the class, I travelled up from Mr Baker’s Blog HQ, just outside Portsmouth, and was able arrive for the 9:30am start, without having to leave ridiculously early at all. I was also delighted to discover that parking at CakeArt Creations the Studio was free too – always a plus when you are taking part in a class that lasts the entire day!

The class that I was invited to attend was one of Rhianydd’s new classes for 2019: The Gravity-Defying Turtle Class. As many of you will already know, I love creating gravity-defying structured and sculpted cakes, so this one was going to be right up my street!

Arriving right on time for the start of the class, there was just time to set up my camera equipment ready to film the experience for my YouTube Channel, and to grab a welcoming cup of coffee, before we were ready to begin.

As always, Rhianydd was impeccably prepared for the class and we had been provided with everything that we would need to create our gravity-defying turtles. However, with her own sugarcraft supplies store mere moments away from the Studio and a whole wall of tools, cutters and more available for purchase within the Studio itself, I’m sure Lynda would have been able to cater for anything that we felt we were missing, should the need have arisen (obviously I had to check out the store for myself – and pick up a not-so-little souvenir to bring home with me).

Rhi had prepared all of the internal structures for us in advance, but was careful to ensure that we all understood the process of building them, so we would be able to do it again ourselves and she also showed us how to make the structure food safe – a vitally important step when creating your own gravity-defying creations.

Unfortunately, being the woefully inexperienced YouTuber that I currently am, I managed to leave my spare memory cards at home, so I wasn’t able to catch all of the footage that I wanted to, but I still think I managed to capture enough to give you a little taste of what one can expect from a class at CakeArt Creations the Studio – and of the fun you can have while learning with Rhianydd Webb of Dragons & Daffodils Cakes. You can check out my video here:

Regular readers may well recall that last time I learnt from Rhi, I faced a fair amount of mockery for how neatly I like to work, when I am creating (although I would like to point out that this is only when I am out and about – my workbench at home never looks like this!).

A picture of my super neat workstation from my last class with Rhi

Naturally, that was referenced again at the weekend AND my neat-freakness remained in force for my turtle as well, as you will have seen in the video. At least I didn’t end up with a ‘plaster of shame’ this time.

When lunchtime arrived, many of us had brought food from home, but Lynda was also able to direct some of my classmates to a variety of local shops, as well as provide the menu for a local café that not only provided a wide selection of very reasonably priced hot and cold food, but also delivered it directly to the Studio! Very convenient and something I shall remember for next time!

Joining me on the class were a whole host of cake artists and enthusiasts at various points in their caking journey, from the near-beginners right through to the seasoned pros with many years of experience under their belts, and yet, as always, Rhi was able to teach the class in a fun and engaging way, ensuring that everyone felt supported, but no one felt that they were being taught to suck eggs. This is something that she always does so so well and that, along with her top tips for various elements of sugarcraft and the subtle nods to the experts and artists that came before us, ensure that the entire day is thoroughly interesting, engaging and, most importantly, fun!

Based in Pontypridd, Rhianydd teaches a huge variety of regular classes, locally to her at the Pantygraigwen Community Centre and both nationally and now internationally at a variety of locations, including CakeArt Creations the Studio, of course. Her repertoire is inexhaustible and her current schedule includes classes on wafer paper flowers, figure modelling, sharp edges, gravity-defying sculpted cakes and even more besides.

Next up at CakeArt Creations the Studio, Rhianydd will be returning with her gravity-defying Fairy Cottage class on Sunday 12th May, while on Sunday 9th June, she will be back again to deliver her aforementioned Wafer Paper Peony Class.

To find out what other classes she is also offering, you can also visit the Classes and Demonstrations section of Rhianydd’s website.

All in all, as you saw from the video above, I had a fantastic time at CakeArt Creations the Studio with Lynda Gilbey and Rhianydd Webb. I left having been challenged, entertained and having learnt an awful lot. As I have said before, I highly recommend learning from Rhi because, in all honesty, the experience is fantastic. Regardless of their existing experience level, every single person leaves feeling empowered and able to produce an awe-inspiring creation – I couldn’t think of a better testament to the quality of the teaching and learning experience.

I must say a huge thank you to Lynda Gilbey of CakeArt Creations the Studio for inviting me along to take part in Rhi’s fabulous Gravity Defying Turtle Class and for being a wonderfully welcoming host. She had us all at ease from the start and kept us all well-stocked with beverages and snacks throughout the day. I hope that I’ll be able to come back and visit again soon!

If you would be interested in taking a class at CakeArt Creations the Studio, in Atherstone, whether with Rhianydd Webb, Lynda herself, or any of the other incredible tutors who will be teaching there in the coming months, you can visit the CakeArt Creations the Studio website right here to find out more and to book your place.

A special thank you must also go to Rhianydd Webb of Dragons & Daffodils Cakes for allowing me to sneak into her class and run amok with my camera for the day. I hope you’ve recovered from the experience Rhi and I’m already looking forward to our next playdate (more on that later!).

I hope you all enjoyed finding out a bit more about CakeArt Creations the Studio and taking a little sneak peek at what you can expect from a class there. If you have taken a class with Lynda or one of her guest tutors and would like to tell us all about it, feel free to post in the comments below, or why not get in touch through one of my regular channels?

You can reach me through my Facebook page, the dedicated Cake Chums – with Mr Baker’s Blog Facebook group, by emailing me directly or why not drop me a line at:

Mr Baker’s Blog
PO Box 752
FAREHAM
PO14 9RZ

In the meantime, thanks so much for reading/watching and I’ll see you next time.

Until then… happy caking!

x

 

Disclaimer: My space on the Gravity Defying Turtle Class with Dragons & Daffodils Cakes by Rhianydd Webb was provided for free by CakeArt Creations the Studio. However, my review and the opinions therein remain 100% my own. Mr Baker’s Blog will never knowingly provide a positive review for a product or service that I don’t wholeheartedly believe in.

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If not now, when?

Hey cake chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Blog!

As you may have gathered from my recent blogs, videos and social media posts, it really is all going on over at Mr Baker’s Blog HQ at the moment.

In addition to my full-time teaching commitments, I’m currently working on my new studio, I have three cake collaboration projects that are all due within the next two weeks, a whole host of events and suchlike that are going on during March, April and May, and, if I’m honest, it’s all getting to be a little bit too much (ignores all the cries of ‘I told you so!’).

Much as I would like to think that I can do it all single-handedly, it is starting to prove a little tricky. As such, I have made the tough decision that I need to prioritise a little bit…

It won’t necessarily be a popular decision, but I think that until my studio is finished and these busy few months are out of the way, I need to focus on the studio and the cake projects that I have already committed to – meaning that the blog and my regular posting schedule are going to have to take a bit of a break.

This doesn’t mean that I am going to disappear entirely – I still plan to upload as and when I can – but for now, it may be a little more sporadic. And yes, this does include the weekly issues of my online magazine, Something Sweet. I am truly grateful for the support you have all shown the magazine over the last year – and you can rest assured that it will be back as a weekly publication – but as it takes up almost a whole Saturday each weekend, time which I really should be spending helping with the studio (rather than leaving it all to my other half and my father-in-law), it will also be taking a little bit of a hiatus. I will, however, be finishing and uploading last week’s issue, so don’t worry if I have already accepted your contributions and submissions – they will have their moment to shine!

Looking ahead to the future, I am planning on making a few changes to my working week, which will allow me to better balance all of my interests, and hopefully mean that I will have much more time to bring you guys the sort of content that I know you enjoy. But we are very much in the negotiation stage on that, so I’ll let you know more when I do.

In the meantime, I will have my next video up over on YouTube on Thursday as usual and will be trying to keep to a one video a week schedule over there (where possible) – simply because that is one of the least time-consuming types of content I am creating (who knew?!) and I will be continuing to share them here for you too. If you haven’t already subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, you can find it here.

I do hope you understand the need for a bit of a break – self care is so important after all – and that you will continue to support the temporarily-reduced output from Mr Baker’s Blog for the next few months.

I am already looking forward to being able to relaunch and resume my full weekly posting schedule with great excitement and I am particularly eager to get cracking on some of the plans that I already have in place for new content too – so do stay tuned! And keep those content submissions coming in too – I’ll still be sharing as many of them as I can – as and when I have time!

Thank you again for all your support and understanding, my lovely cake chums and I’ll see you all on Thursday for my next video!

Until then, happy caking! xx

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Checking out the first EVER Northern Ireland Sugar Expo – NISE

Last weekend, I flew over to Belfast to check out the first ever NISE cake show.

Across the weekend, we endured flight delays, snow (a LOT of snow) and goodness knows what else besides – but, do you know what? We had an amazing time!

Between some fabulous classes, amazing demonstrations, fabulous retailers and some of my favourite #cakechums, it was well worth a visit.

If you missed it, fear not – I’ve got you covered: