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Keeping you up to date…

Happy weekend my lovely cake chums!

I hope you aren’t suffering too much creating in this heat (international chums, say nothing…!) and that you have allowed yourselves some time to rest too…

Personally, I’m looking forward to a fabulous trip back to Wales tomorrow, but in the meantime, I thought I’d continue to keep you informed on what’s going on here at Mr Baker’s Cakes HQ!

While it may seem that things are still fairly quiet here on the blog, we are still pressing madly ahead with the studio and the kitchen installers are due to come and complete the final measurements ahead of starting to get everything in very soon!

Can you spot the tweaks I have made to the last design…?

The latest development is slightly more subtle though. You may already have noticed that I have decided to phase out the name Mr Baker’s Blog – I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis of late… Am I Mr Baker’s Cakes or Mr Baker’s Blog or Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes…? Do you see what I mean?

So, after a bit of a think, I have decided to unite ALL of my endeavours – be it baking, caking, creating, writing, shooting or anything else – under the one banner of Mr Baker’s Cakes. It’s what I am all about, after all!

So, henceforth, the blog will now be known as Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog and my YouTube channel has been rebranded to Mr Baker’s Cakes too.

If you spot anything else that I have forgotten to change, do be a love and let me know via the usual channels and I’ll be back in the next few days with yet more exciting updates too.

I have soooo many plans afoot and I can’t wait to spill some more beans to you all!

#exciting

Until then, happy caking!

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The time has come…

Yup, it’s time to announce the winner of my exciting competition, with Natalie Porter of Immaculate Confections!

If you can remember right back at the start of June, reintroduced you to Natalie in the latest interview to be added to Mr Baker’s Blog. In that interview, I explained that in some rather exciting news, Natalie had kindly agreed to offer the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog the chance to get their hands on a very special signed FREE copy of her new publication, Book One: Sugar Flowers!

To be in with a chance at winning, you simply had to make sure you had subscribed to Mr Baker’s Blog (using the sign up box in the sidebar on the right or at the bottom of the page, if on mobile), share the link to this interview on your favourite social media platform, letting me know which project you were most looking forward to getting stuck into: Pretty Pastels, Sunny Blues or Tropical Delight and making sure you tagged both Mr Baker’s Cakes and Immaculate Confections, of course.

Well, lots of you got involved (thank you!), but unfortunately only one could win and I am delighted to announce that the winner is…

Huge congratulations to Rebecca Claessens on her win! Please get in touch via one of my usual channels and I’ll arrange to get your prize sent out to you! You can reach me through my Facebook page, the dedicated Cake Chums – with Mr Baker’s Blog Facebook group, by emailing me directly or, if you’d prefer, you can drop me a line at:

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

 

While you’re here, I’ve had a few people mention recently that I don’t seem to be as active on the blog at the moment.

They’re not wrong.

Unfortunately, the last little bit of the summer term at school tends to be ridiculously busy with copious amounts of meetings, report writing, assessment, transition conversations with colleagues and so on. And that’s before you add in the whole ‘I’m moving schools’ thing to the equation.

Rest assured, I am still here and, as I have already mentioned a few times now, once school breaks up next month, I plan to devote a lot more time and energy to the blog and to my YouTube channel.

And come September of course, I will be working part time, meaning that I will be able to dedicate plenty of extra time to developing fabulous content on both platforms.

In the meantime, stay tuned to my social media channels (you can find me on Facebook hereTwitter here and Instagram here) because I am still posting and it will keep you up-to-date with what’s going on here at Mr Baker‘s Cakes HQ.

Which, incidentally, is currently very heavily studio themed… #exciting

Oh, if you haven’t already checked out the ‘What have Whedon?’ collaboration from The Cake Collective that posted last week, make sure you hit this link to see our celebration of all things Joss Whedon in honour of his 55th birthday. As a massive fan of his work, I was delighted to contribute a piece to the collection and loved how my Dark Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out.

The main image was hand drawn with Fractal Colors’ Calligra Brush Pens on Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste, before being airbrushed and splattered using Fractal Colors’ FlowAir colours.

The magics were created by colouring Squires Kitchen Isomalt and pouring it over ice. I also tried to use isomalt to fill Willow’s embossed catchphrase – which was REALLY hard! 🙈😂

And finally, I was also thrilled to be interviewed by Kimberly Chapman’s Eat the Evidence podcast a couple of weeks ago – the result of which was released this week. If you have yet to bite the podcast bullet and discover them in all of their easy-listening wonderfulness, then Kimberly’s is a great place to start.

You can find Issue 43, featuring my interview – where I discuss everything from my journey into this crazy world of cake to how you could be making your social media work better for you – right here… don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks so much for taking the time to catch up with what’s going on with me at the moment and until next time… happy caking!

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And now for something a little bit different…

Recently, I made a wedding cake for my sister-in-law, Hayley and her new husband, as they celebrated their wedding day at the stunning Three Choirs Vineyard in Wickham, Hampshire.

Hayley was keen to keep things simple, with a fresh, buttercream-finished design and the only decorations were some fresh blooms and foliage from Peony Blue Floral Design.

As someone who has to deal with a number of severe dietary allergies, including gluten and dairy, Hayley had to be very careful to avoid any of her allergens during the wedding and I must give huge props to the venue for catering for her needs perfectly – and even better, the rest of us barely noticed the difference.

Similarly, the cake had to be equally allergen-free, so I was faced with the prospect of creating a gluten- and dairy-free cake – with a buttercream finish, no less – that needed to stand up to being stacked and sat out for the majority of the day.

Now, a disclaimer: I am not a specialist allergen-free baker by any means and I don’t think I have ever posted a gluten- or dairy-free cake recipe here before. However, after the wedding cake was posted online, I received a few requests asking me to share the recipe that I used, so I thought I would do that in the hope that it gives others, who find themselves in my position, a bit more confidence when tackling a gluten- and dairy-free celebration cake.

Find the recipe for my Free-from Wedding Cake here.