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Pop the kettle on, it’s time for #SS23!

Introducing issue 23 of Something Sweet, my online weekly magazine with all the latest news from the world of cake.

It has been another action-packed week in cake and #SS23 is once again bursting at the seams with news and events!

Hannah Edwards AKA The Cake Illusionist continues to make waves with her realistic animal cakes; some familiar faces popped up on Netflix’s newest cake show, Sugar Rush; and if you have any questions regarding your competition entry for Cake International, then head judge Karen Keaney and Senior Judge Ben Fullard would like to hear from you ahead of their live Q&A on the 30th July.

We also hear from Sugar Street Studios regarding her new venture in partnership with The Cake Decorating Company; there’s a fabulous new tutorial from Jamie Nicole Cakes for the Innovative Sugarworks blog; top wafer paper artist, Daniel Bakes announces his first classes in the UK; and I share a beautiful collaboration.

And if all that wasn’t enough, we also get to go behind the scenes of Eat Cake Party’s latest largest-than-life build AND check out Novel-T Cakes recent international newsworthy scoop!

Oh, and of course there is the small matter of this week’s all-important Cake of the Week – will it be one of yours?

Check out this week’s issue to see all this and more – you can find it here

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Grab your morning cuppa, it’s time for #SS22!

Welcome to issue 22 of Something Sweet, my online weekly magazine with all the latest news from the world of cake.

This week, #SS22 is positively bursting at the seams with a colossal amount of news, including some exciting announcements from the team behind NISE – the UK’s newest cake show, a fantastic opportunity for cakers looking for a bit of television exposure from Raise the Roof Productions and a super fun Wimbledon themed recipe from Renshaw Baking.

There are two beautiful collaborations to check out, I shine my spotlight on everyone’s favourite GBBO ‘illusion cake’ maker, Steven Carter-Bailey and I take you behind the scenes of the super-talented Tina Scott Parashar’s Cake Design’s recent visit to the UK.

Following some conflicting information from Rolkem HQ after this week’s Food Alert for Action from the Food Standard Agency (FSA), I’ve also spent some time laying bare exactly where we all stand with the latest developments in the #RolkemSaga.

Oh, and of course there is the small matter of this week’s all-important Cake of the Week – will it be one of yours?

Also featuring The Cake Illusionist, Boutique Bakes and Cakes by Ness Bolton, Clairella Cakes, Emma Jayne Cake Design, DESSERT INSIDER, Amaysing Bakes by Claire, CPC’s Pirates of the Caribbean Collaboration, Self-Portrait of a Cookier and Chef Benny Rivera.

Check out this week’s issue to see all this and more!

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There are no secrets that time does not reveal…

I do love a quote – don’t you? Today’s title is courtesy of Jean Racine – one of the three great French playwrights.

Happy Friday everyone! Gosh this week has been a long one!

 

It’s been yet another busy week for me – I think it’s that time of year! But my cake week started with Tuesday’s announcement by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that they had decided to issue a Food Alert for Action to local authorities to withdraw from sale the entire Rolkem range with immediate effect.

Most of us had realised that this was looking increasingly likely, but I know some people were still taken by surprise. I’ll be going into a bit more detail about it in this week’s Something Sweet, but I have already heard tales of environmental health officers (EHO) telephoning businesses and, in some cases, even calling on them to either advise the disposal of Rolkem products or actually seizing them! If this has happened to you, I’d love to hear from you – I’m sure my other readers would benefit from hearing the advice you were given by your EHOs.

I’m also hearing unconfirmed rumours that this might not be the end of this sorry saga, but I’ll let you know more when I do…

 

On Wednesday, I published my first post regarding my previously very secretive collaboration project over on the Fabricake Blog.

I won’t spoil it by repeating it in full here, but you can find out all about it right here.

 

On Thursday, it was finally announced that I am working with the NISE team to bring the UK’s newest cake show – created BY cake artists FOR cake artists – to life!

Yes, it’s probably time for a new headshot soon…

Thank you so much for all of the congratulatory messages, but I think it may have thrown the cat among the pigeons in some circles. I thought I’d better address the main question that has been asked in the last couple of days…

No, I’m not quitting teaching. This isn’t a new job or a replacement career.

I have actually been working with Emma and Alessandra since April – all of the social media content and promotional materials you have been seeing come out of NISE HQ so far were already me – and I will be continuing to work with them alongside all of my other ongoing roles and projects in the months leading up to the show.

Like the rest of the team, I am not being paid for my work or my time, it is a passion project for us all and we are looking forward to developing a truly cutting-edge show that will push the limits of cake design, while still remaining true to the classic skills and styles of cake decorating.

If you haven’t already liked the official NISE Facebook page, be sure to head over and get on that to keep up to date with all the latest news and information as it is released. I’m carrying so many exciting secrets around with me at the moment and I can’t wait to share them with you all!