It’s Sunday once again and Something Sweet is back with a new logo, a new masthead AND a new background – all of which look mighty fine, if I do say so myself…
Don’t worry though, all of your favourite features remain, including a fantastic giveaway from Clairella Cakes, not one, but two ROARsome tutorials from Lizzo Marek of Sugar Geek Show and I’m falling in love with Silvia Mancini’s delightful modelling all over again.
We’ll also discover how the new-look Mr Baker’s Blog and the new-look Something Sweet came about, find out a bit more about my upcoming road trip and I show off a gorgeous little gift that landed on my doormat this week.
We check out some of the YouTubers who are serving up their cake tutorials with a side-helping of fun, find out which bakery-to-the-stars is currently hiring, preview the new class line up from CakeArt Creations: The Studio AND I shine my spotlight back on one of my favourite cakers from the Motherland.
And if all that wasn’t enough for you, we will also which cake became the most-nominated Cake of the Week in Something Sweet history!
Also featuring: Violet Bakery, Cake International, Safiya Nygaard, Man About Cake, The BakeKing, Rosanna Pansino, Cake Dutchess, Happy Occasions Cakes, Pamela McCaffrey and Kidacity.
I posted my first blog post on the 21st August 2017 and when I posted it, I wasn’t entirely sure that anyone would ever want to read my ramblings. I guess that’s a risk we all take when we start something new.
Luckily, after only a few days, I was ready to jump straight into a really exciting week of blogging, thanks to the return of The Great British Bake Off and a secret invitation to appear on the first episode of the new series of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice!
Yup, this time last year, I was hard at work creating an ‘illusion cake’ worthy of appearing on national television. No pressure – eh? Incidentally, you can read all about that here, if you’d like!
I almost can’t believe that we are already a year down the line (check out the new background for some of the year’s highlights, by the way!) and luckily the stakes aren’t quite so high for my current project. The impact on my bank account and my car’s mileage are another matter though!
Yup, Mr Baker’s Blog is hitting the road for a cake-fuelled, nine-day, cross-country adventure and I’m really excited!
I’ve wanted to take Mr Baker’s Blog on the road for a while now – after all, it isn’t often that we get to go and visit our cakey chums, is it? But this actually all came about because of my super-secret collaboration project – hopefully you have already read all about that over at the Fabricake Blog, right? Yes? Good.
But anyway, long story short, I currently have a team of around twenty amazingly talented (and VERY generous) cake artists all over the country creating the various elements of the… er… project (seriously, you have to go to the Fabricake website to read about it) and I now need to go and collect their contributions from them.
I head off next Thursday – the 23rd (don’t worry, the other half is still at home, so burglars beware!) and the first stop on my journey will be Bolton, where I’ll be meeting up with the one-and-only Rosie Cake-Diva and the immensely talented Kay Gajra of Kaykes at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival.
I loved following the coverage of the event last year, so I am thrilled that I will be able to make it along in person this year. It’d also be great to snag a selfie with everyone’s favourite GBBO winner, Nadiya Hussain, if she’s reading this? Nadiya? *tumbleweed…*
Anywaaaaaay, I’m also hoping to check in with some of my other local cakey chums while I’m in the local area too, so if you’re close to Bolton and would like a visit to your shopfront, class or event – and a shout out in the blog of course – then be sure to get in touch!
Once the festival wraps up, I’ll be heading east and paying some of our favourite Yorkshire-based cakers a visit, collecting a few more bits and pieces for the collab and, hopefully, gate-crashing some more cake-related events, before I then head up to Scotland for a couple of days. Yes, Scottish cakers, I’m coming for you next!!
After that, I’ll be trundling back down the country and I’ve been invited to stop in at the Renshaw Academy in Liverpool – which is another place that I have been dying to visit – so I’m really looking forward to that! I might even be taking in a cheeky lil’ class with the legendary Emma Jayne while I’m there too…
Then it’s on to Birmingham, Nuneaton, Wokingham, Baskingstoke and then, finally, home to my own bed (and my precious kitties)! So yeah, a busy few days – but hopefully super exciting!
I feel like it needs a really goofy nickname though, right? Like Mr Baker’s Blog on Tour?
If you want to follow along with my adventures as I road trip the UK – well some of it at least, sorry Wales, I’ll get you next time – then be sure to hit the subscribe button on the right before you go! You’ll also need to hit confirm in the email I’ll send you too.
Oh, and if there are any haunts that you think I should check out while I’m in your neck of the woods, then be sure to let me know via the usual channels…
Would you believe that about three hours ago I sat down here to write a blog post about something entirely different to this?!
I was actually going to tell you all about my plans to take Mr Baker’s Blog on the road next week, but as soon as I got started, I began to think about what I would wear whilst I am touring the country and visiting all sorts of awesome cakers and cake-related events.
I realised that I would be needing something snazzy, like a new branded hoodie, for my road trip, which of course necessitated a quick trip over to the company that does all my custom printing and embroidery’s website.
But THEN I realised that Mr Baker’s Blog still didn’t really have a logo of its own, so that ought to be rectified first.
So basically, that’s where we are now. I have spent the last three hours designing a new logo for Mr Baker’s Blog, that I feel is sympathetic to my Mr Baker’s Cakes logo, but also recognisably different.
Whether or not this has been a valid use of my time remains to be seen of course, but there we go. I am a MASTER of procrastination after all.
Don’t worry, I’m going to work on the road trip blog now though, so hopefully I’ll have that one ready to go up tomorrow…
Oh, if you wanted to check out the new logo, here it is!