Something Sweet – Issue 13

Unlucky for some perhaps, but in the baking world, we call this a Baker’s Dozen. Yes, it’s Issue 13 of Something Sweet…

 

What’s new on the blog this week?

This week, I was delighted to welcome Rhianydd Webb from Dragons & Daffodils Cakes by Rhianydd Webb with her exclusive report from the Irish Sugarcraft Show.

Having promised a fantastic weekend of live demonstrations, wonderful trade stands, kids’ fun and, of course, the fabulous cake competitions, I was gutted to not be able to attend in person (and believe me, I came close to impulsively booking a last-minute flight SO many times). Thankfully Rhianydd managed to capture all the excitement of the show and her report is almost as good as being there in person!

You can find it here – and thank you again to Rhi!

 

On Thursday, I posted my latest exclusive interview – with none other than the uber talented Avalon Yarnes of Avalon Cakes School of Sugar Art. As well as creating some of the most incredible cakes and sugar sculptures the world has EVER seen, being the genius behind a ridiculous number of incredible displays and exhibits at cake shows across the globe AND running her own very successful online school of sugar art, Avalon Yarnes is quite simply a delight to know.

After chatting to Avalon briefly last month, I realised that it had been an absolute AGE since we had had a proper catch up, so I decided that this needed to be rectified immediately. And you’ll be pleased to know that I brought you guys along for the ride…

Check it out here.

 

Finally, on Friday, I chatted to Lara Mason of Lara Mason Cake Art and Melanie Underwood, Event Manager at Cake International about this year’s officially commissioned display piece – fantastic life-sized replicas of the soon to be married Royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Lara’s incredible creation has already had a lot of international press attention, but check out my post about it to find out how Lara felt crafting such a high-profile creation and how she managed to trick Melanie with its realism…

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Have you heard…?

Other than Lara’s showstopping creation, which I think has dominated ALL media channels – let alone our social media timelines – the biggest news this week was the announcement by Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd that they would be recalling two products manufactured by Rolkem after they were found to contain a high concentration of copper: Rolkem Super Gold (all sizes) and Rolkem Special Rose Gold (all sizes).

Both are popular products used by many cakers and so naturally there were some very strong reactions to the news.

Perhaps not as edible as we were led to believe… Image pulled from http://elc.lk/

Fabricake released the following statement to explain the situation:

Since our launch several years ago, we have supported many industry-leading brands and our range of products continues to grow daily. As we continue to supply the UK with all their Cake Decorating needs our customer’s satisfaction remains our focus.

One of our key brands has always been Rolkem. As one of the UK’s many suppliers of the brand, it pains us to have to list notice of a product recall on a duo of their products:

– Rolkem Super Gold (10ml, 20g, 50g)

– Rolkem Special Rose Gold (10ml, 20g, 50g)

As many of our regular customers may be aware, neither of the above products have been available for sale over the recent months, as a matter of respect for the brand and all other UK suppliers we took this step whilst investigations where completed.

At this time, however, we ask that any customer who has purchased this product and still has it in their possession to either simply dispose of or return the product to ourselves and we will do so.

We have worked tirelessly and extremely close to the FSA throughout this process, as well as other UK suppliers to ensure that customer wellbeing was kept at the forefront of our concerns. However, after a series of tests and meetings with the FSA we have concluded that a complete recall of these products is the best course of action to take.

The advice of the FSA is to display a notice in our physical store and remove the item from sale. However, we took it upon ourselves to cease selling the product once any concerns were raised as our customers are our number one priority.

We also feel an in-store sign was not a worthy plan of action for all our customers, so with no prompt, we will be contacting any customer who has purchased the above to products from our store and offering them alternative replacements for any of the above products purchased.

If you would like to contact us yourselves based on a purchase of the above products please do so at info@fabricakesugarcraft.co.uk and we will of course work with you throughout the process. As mentioned above the product can simply be disposed of and we can make arrangements for an alternative replacement or credit.

 We would like to thank all the UK resellers we have kept communications with throughout this process for their understanding and patience with the matter and also the FSA for assisting us with ensuring that we only offer the best quality products to our customers.

If you would like to discuss this matter with Rolkem directly please feel free to do so at info@rolkem.co.za

Finally, thank you to all of our customers. We hope through this stressful time you can work with us to reach a resolution and we can carry on supplying you with the best customer service possible matched with great brands.

The Fabricake Team

 

However, later that day, the situation became somewhat more confusing, following this post by Rolkem themselves:

Good evening fellow Cake Decorators Bakers and Sugar Artists,

On 25 February 2018 it came to our attention that a contaminated batch of ingredients has made its way into the manufacturing plant. This batch of ingredients contained amounts of brass. As you are aware, Brass consists of a Copper Zinc blend.

ON 26 February 2018, a Notice was send out to our customers and distributors whom might have received the finished product that contains this ingredient. We also forwarded a copy of this notice to the FSA to make them aware that we are handling the product recall of the affected batches.

The requests per the notice was as follows:

  • Remove the products mentioned from sale, on all pack sizes
  • Remove the product from the on-line websites.
  • Mark, pack and arrange pickup with ROLKEM of any such products that might be left in stock.
  • Request customers to return the products purchased, to enable a swop-out of the products that might have been affected. We also suggested a completion like swop out to reach more people.
  • 4% of the affected products where accounted for on 26 February 2018. We are receiving product back daily. And should have all the affected product accounted for soonest.

For your information:

  • The only countries affected by these products was Canada, The UK, and Australia. The distribution of the affected products, in Australia has been contained completely.
  • Please note that it is not all batches that has been affected, but only a specific batch of products.
  • We are in possession of one of the UK Local environmental health organisations certificates, whom cleared the products as safe for consumption during 2017. (This should be proof that it is not all batches of the products that was affected.)
  • 85 different ROLKEM product was tested by different UK environmental health institutions and was found to be safe. A few label adjustment was suggested by them.
  • All orders since 25 February 2018 have been scrutinised, and we ensured that none of the products shipped since then, has been in contact with the affected products.
  • After testing the affected products, it was found that the quantities being consumed of the affected products during normal use in the Cake Decorating industry, shall not harm any human being.

We trust that you shall find the above informative, with peace of mind.

Should you have any queries pertaining to this, please do not hesitate to contact me on any of the following:

Andries.kemp@rolkem.co.za or mobile number +27825511645

Kind regards and happy decorating

Andries Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, RKSA Group of Companies

For ROLKEM

 

Then yesterday, another UK stockist, Cake-Stuff released their own official statement:

There has understandably been a lot of interest and concern over the safety and suitability of Rolkem products following the decision by one stockist to voluntarily recall two colours.

Cake Stuff take food safety and the safety of our customers extremely seriously and are happy to explain the situation as we understand it, following involved discussions with our Environmental Health Officer (EHO), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Rolkem’s CEO, Andries Kemp, who explained to us in detail what has happened.

The truth is we’re not going to be able to answer every individual question on social media (especially as often the same questions are asked over and over) so all the information is here along with the very straightforward solution that we are happy to offer all our customers (see below).

This page is intended for the use of Cake Stuff customers who have ordered Rolkem products from us.  If you have ordered Rolkem products from another retailer please contact that retailer or Rolkem direct for advice.

Competitors of both Cake Stuff and Rolkem are already making mischief by exaggerating the story – especially those competitors Rolkem declined to accept as stockists(!).  So, let’s cut through all the gossip, drama and fake news and focus on what we can do to help…

The Background

Rolkem is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of icing colouring, edible lustres and sugarcraft dusts.

Rolkem is based in South Africa but export worldwide including to the USA, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.  Rolkem is a high-profile brand, sponsoring several international cake decorating competitions and, although a fairly new brand here in the UK, has been used by top international cake artists for decades.  In other words, they are no fly-by-night manufacturer trying to do something illegal – their reputation is excellent.

The Problem

The problem really started as one of labelling, due to a problem within Rolkem’s own supply chain.

Rolkem’s supplier of gold (classed as edible and with the European number E175) reported contamination in a batch where powdered brass was included in place of, or as well as, gold.  Whether you call it contamination or a mix up, whether it was accidental or a deliberate ploy to supply Rolkem with a much cheaper ingredient, brass is a metal alloy that includes copper.  This means the ingredients labelling is wrong and, therefore, not allowed under EU Regulation EC 1333 / 2008.

Rolkem know the batch that was affected but because they distribute internationally, it has not been easy to identify where the incorrectly labelled pots have ended up, although some have definitely arrived in the UK.  At the end of February Rolkem issued a notice to the importers / distributors to explain what had happened.

Rolkem have taken action against the supplier in question.

Affected Products

Of the 250+ Rolkem products we stock, only 2 have shown cause for any concern: Gold Super and Rose Gold Super (sometimes labelled as Special Rose Gold Super).

These 2 colours are sold in 10ml, 20g and 50g pots.  So, to be clear, that’s a total of 6 different pots – no other Rolkem colour or product is affected.

By identifying the batch, we know that only pots supplied by us between late January 2018 and early March 2018 can possibly be affected.  The dates will be different for other stockists but our duty is to Cake Stuff customers so that’s why we’re concentrating on this batch.

Is There A Risk to Health?

There is no suggestion of any risk to health, but the ingredients are obviously not as stated on the labels.

Powdered brass (an alloy that contains copper) is sometimes referred to as a ‘heavy metal’, which has an unfortunate ring to it.  Gold is also a ‘heavy metal’.

Powdered brass is hazardous to aquatic life but can only cause any issues for humans (e.g. nausea) if consumed in relatively large quantities – these are the symptoms listed by the FSA.  Analysis showed a ‘high level of metal’ in the samples but as 50% of the pot weight should be gold, there was always going to be a ‘high level of metal’.  We are not down-playing the seriousness of incorrect labelling, but at the quantities and levels of concentration found in these 2 products, FSS has concluded there is no risk posed to health.

Even so, our position is that these 2 colours from the affected batch should not be used as edible colouring.

Action Already Taken

As soon as we first heard there may be a problem, Cake Stuff withdrew the 2 affected colours from sale – this explains why these popular colours appeared to be out of stock for so long!  We spoke to our Environmental Health Officer (EHO) and contacted Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and provided samples for analysis.  These tests showed that brass was present in a couple of the samples we provided.  This entire batch is being returned to Rolkem.

You may have seen a recall notice posted elsewhere by a respected stockist who has taken the decision to voluntarily recall the products and asked the FSA for advice in how best to do this.

There is no mandatory recall notice in place from FSS nor the FSA.

Subsequent samples of both colours have been tested and the ingredients labelling found to be completely correct.  We therefore stress that all stock currently on sale from Cake Stuff is exactly as it should be.

Our solution (see in pink below) is designed to help any customer with any concerns – it’s as clear and unambiguous as we can make it.

Further Action

We completely understand that some customers will be concerned that they may have received a pot from the affected batch.  It’s highly unlikely, but it is possible.

Why ‘unlikely’?  Firstly, because we removed these 2 colours from sale immediately.  Secondly, brass is not as bright as gold and a difference in colour and performance would be obvious, especially to regular users.  Thirdly, as of today’s date we have not received one single report from any customer to say that their Gold Super or Rose Gold Super performed any differently from normal… not one!

Again, we stress that subsequent batches of both colours have been tested and found to be completely correct.  We therefore stress that all stock currently on sale from Cake Stuff is exactly as it should be.

The Solution

If you ordered a pot of Rolkem Gold Super or Rose Gold Super from Cake Stuff between January 2018 and early March 2018 and feel that it looks or performs differently to previous pots, or if you are simply concerned about the situation then we are happy to help.

Cake Stuff are offering the simplest, most unambiguous guarantee we can think of… simply return the pot (even if you’ve used some) along with your order number to us at: Cake Stuff, ROLKEM, Milton Ind Estate, Lesmahagow, ML11 0JN

We will credit your Cake Stuff account with the price you paid.

Don’t forget to quote your order number as this is not a product recall, but simply some additional peace of mind for Cake Stuff customers.

Food Safety in the UK

In the UK the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for food safety, but we also have Food Standards Scotland (FSS) who, although independent of the FSA, work closely with them.  Because Cake Stuff are based in Scotland, it’s not the first time that we’ve acted on FSS advice only to find it slightly out-of-line with FSA advice for the rest of the UK.

Other Rolkem Stockists

We respect the decisions taken by other Rolkem stockists, including those who have voluntarily recalled products and are happy to work with them and share information with them.

There is, however, one further problem… those companies who Rolkem declined to accept as stockists.  Those who are jealous because they cannot stock Rolkem and those who sell ‘grey imports’ of Rolkem products in the UK.  These ‘grey imports’ are sourced from overseas Rolkem distributors (often in Australia) and sold illegally into the UK as they do not have the required EU labelling (see more below).

The companies selling these Rolkem products are not official Rolkem stockists and will not be able to return any affected pots to Rolkem. These companies tend to sell mainly on eBay and Amazon.

We’re making no other comment but we want to make customers aware that while Cake Stuff, Fabricake and other reputable stockists are working hard to do the right thing in taking the action we all feel is correct, some others will plead ignorance and continue to sell affected products.  We would urge customers to only order from official Rolkem stockists.

E numbers

An E number means that a food additive has passed after tests and is approved for use here in the UK and in the rest of the EU.  The ‘E’ simply stands for ‘Europe’.  This system is regulated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  E numbers are not ‘bad for you’ as the media often implies and the myth that they ‘should be avoided’ simply confuses an otherwise straightforward situation.  E numbers exist to show that the additive is safe – some are artificial (i.e. they have been manufactured) and some are naturally occurring substances, so even additives like vinegar, natural gums and even the gold in Rolkem Gold Super all have E numbers.

All edible products imported into the EU must have labels that list ingredients in the approved format for EU countries and must show E numbers.

Keeping You Informed

We will, of course, continue to update this page as any information changes.  We will also let you know the latest news via our email newsletters but as new GDPR rules come into force this month, please make sure you have updated your preferences in order to continue receiving newsletters.  Click here to find out more: https://www.cake-stuff.com/500-trolley-dash-c311

 

Naturally, these differing explanations have caused a great deal of confusion – and it seems that the post by Rolkem has since disappeared from their Facebook page (I copied it before it was deleted), which I feel is notable in itself.

Of course, it is not my place to advise anyone on what they should do, but I am certainly feeling that with so many differing explanations of what is going on, I would feel a lot more comfortable leaving Rolkem products off any future bakes I have planned, at least for the time being.

If you have any of the affected Rolkem products in stock and would like to return them, both Fabricake and Cake-Stuff are offering customers the chance to return their products for a refund/exchange and I would suggest that you contact them directly if you need more information about how best to do this.

And of course, I shall keep you informed of any further developments, as and when I hear them.

 

I couldn’t live without…

This week, I am beyond thrilled to welcome my fellow Clairella Cakes brand ambassador Janette MacPherson of Janette MacPherson Cake Craft to Something Sweet to share the one tool that both she – and I – simply couldn’t live without…

I definitely couldn’t manage without my Clairella Cakes airbrush – I use it on almost every cake I make. I laugh at myself now, but when I first got the airbrush, I was too nervous to take it out of the box. Luckily, I eventually did and… WOW! I was airbrushing everything in sight and I haven’t looked back since!

It’s an essential tool for me to add realism to my cakes and, without it, I just wouldn’t be able to get the same level of detail. And as I airbrush the majority of my cakes from white, it also means I don’t have to worry about having the correct shade of sugarpaste to hand all of the time.

There are so many fantastic features with the Clairella Airbrush and Compressor. It’s light, portable and doesn’t take up much space in my teensy cake tools cupboard and, as airbrushing is a super-fast way to add colour and shading to my cakes, it also speeds up my workload. As a busy Mum of 3, anything which saves me time, without compromising the finish on my cakes is a winner with me! And I particularly love is the larger 7cc airbrush with a reservoir cap – no spills!!

As a beginner, I found my Clairella Cakes Airbrush and Compressor very easy to use straightaway, yet it is still completely capable now as an advanced user. In fact, it’s easy-to-use pushbutton controls – with five mode settings – combined with a powerful compressor mean it’s suitable for everyone. And even more importantly, Claire (Anderson) herself is really friendly, approachable and helpful – a personal service like that is priceless in my book. It’s honestly a high-quality product and extremely good value-for-money.

Thank you, Janette for such a detailed explanation of why you love your Clairella Cakes Airbrush and Compressor kit! The Clairella Cakes brand ambassador team is unique in that it is made up of a team of individuals who are proud to represent the brand because we were already fans and were already recommending the Clairella Cakes Airbrush and Compressor kits to our students, members and readers.

If you would like to pick up your own Clairella Cakes Airbrush and Compressor kit, you can find them at Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd, where you can also take advantage of my exclusive influencer discount. Just enter MRBAKER10 to save 10% on the total price of your shopping basket.

 

The hottest ticket in town!

I’m a big fan of Hannah Edwards of the Cake Illusionist – not only does she work exclusively in real cake, but I love that she is constantly trying to push herself to create more and more amazing creations. This week, I was really excited to see that she has posted a whole new selection of class dates where attendees can learn to create cakes in ‘The Cake Illusionist’ way.

From her realistic tiger cake, to her ethereal and whimsical unicorn, students will learn to carve, sculpt, cover, texture, detail, airbrush and hand-paint their very own hyper-realistic cakes.

Hannah promises that you will overcome your fear of sculpted cakes and walk away with a ton of new skills, including how to perfect realistic eyes and create fur texture.

Even better, you will leave with your own brilliant cake and a huge amount of confidence ready to impress your friends, family and customers with your amazing work!

If you would like to find out more about classes from The Cake Illusionist or to book your place, you can email Hannah directly at thecakeillusionist@hotmail.com or contact her via her Facebook page.

 

I wanna make that!

Have you seen the adorable new tutorial from Lynsey Wilton-Eddleston of Sugarwhizz?

‘Stripes’ the tiger is the latest free tutorial to be uploaded to Lynsey’s website, where you will find full written instructions that will enable you to create your very own adorable tiger topper.

Lynsey regularly produces both free and paid-for tutorials on her website and, with her detailed instructions and clear photography, you can’t fail to achieve some fabulous results of your own.

Be sure to head to the Sugarwhizz website to check out ‘Stripes’ the tiger and all of Lynsey’s other fabulous tutorials for yourself…

 

The Collaboration Station

The first ever collaboration celebrating all things Pakistan, Spectacular Pakistan is an international collaboration of sugar artists, hosted by Faiza Sherjeel of Gateau: The Sugar Art Studio.

Inspired by many aspects of the culture and history of Pakistan, a huge collection of talented sugar artists from all over the world participated creating a dazzling array of pieces, each more show-stopping than the last.

I was blown away by the artistry on display in the Spectacular Pakistan collaboration and I am delighted to be able to share it with you all. Be sure to head to the collaboration Facebook page to check out the rest of the collection.

 

Also published this week was the World Lupus Day Sugarart Collaboration, a group of international sugarcraft artists and cake designers who are – or have been – directly or indirectly affected by Lupus.

More commonly known in the UK as systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, lupus is a chronic autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This can result in symptoms including inflammation, swelling and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart and lungs.

The artists involved joined forces to raise awareness of lupus or SLE and to symbolise what it means to live with this complex condition through their art.

Be sure to visit the collaborations dedicated page to view the rest of the beautiful pieces.

https://www.facebook.com/lupussugarart/

 

Spotlight on the boys…

Floren Bastante of Dulces el inflón is a Spanish sugar artist and, like myself, explores his passion for all things sugar as a hobby alongside a full-time job.

It has been an absolute pleasure watching Floren’s talent and passion develop over the last four years and I never fail to be amazed by the fantastic models and sculptures he produces.

A regular contributor to many of the most beautiful collaborations to adorn our social media feeds, including this week’s Spectacular Pakistan, even if you don’t recognise Floren himself, you can guarantee that you will have seen his work before – and, whether modelling or sculpting, his pieces never fail to delight.

You can keep up with Floren’s continuing adventures in sugar over at his Facebook page, by subscribing to his blog or why not follow him on Instagram?

 

Meanwhile on Twitter…

After she posted her failsafe recipe for the tricky French patisserie favourites, former winner of The Great British Bake Off, Nancy Birtwhistle has inspired the #TwitterBakeAlong bakers to tackle macaron this week.

I love macaron, but due to their temperamental attitude, have only attempted to make them myself on two occasions. Not only are they a deliciously tasty snack, they also make a very impressive addition to your dessert table AND they look fabulous when used as decorations on your cakes too – like on this fabulous cake by Kingston-based Juniper Cakery

Having checked out Nancy’s recipe (which uses Italian Meringue as its base, rather than French meringue), I have to confess that I am itching to have another go today!

If you would like to join the #TwitterBakeAlong bakers in some French patisserie this week, you can find Nancy’s recipes for both Rose and Chocolate Macaron and Lemon Macaron here. She also has a useful video demonstration on her YouTube channel, which you can find here.

 

Cake of the Week!

Ask a room full of cake artists what one order they live in almost constant fear of and I bet that at least some of them would mention the much-dreaded Car Cake. There’s something about all those neat lines, the recognisable details and, of course, all those tiny details that are enough to bring most of us out in a cold sweat…

All of which makes this incredible 1964 Aston Martin DB5 even more impressive!

Created for a client out of real cake, Ritzy Roo of Ritzy Couture Cake explained that this cake was the most complicated Car Cake she’d ever done, but I’m sure you’ll agree that she absolutely nailed it!

Of course, the client loved it and I do too! Be sure to head over to Ritzy’s Facebook page to check out more of her fabulous work!

Congratulations, Ritzy! A VERY deserving Cake of the Week!

 

Honourable mention…

This story starts many years ago, when Peek Frean made one of the wedding cakes to celebrate the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth and her fiancé, Philip Mountbatten back in November 1947. Around the same time, to commemorate the special event, the company also made a full-size replica of the showstopping cake which was proudly displayed in the reception of Peek Frean’s Bermondsey headquarters until the closure of the company in the 1980s, when it was moved to a museum.

In 2015, the British Sugarcraft Guild national office received a phone call from the keeper of the Peek Frean museum with a plea for help. Sadly, during a change in premises, vandals gained access to the museum and destroyed the replica cake. What remained was moved to the current museum site and The British Sugarcraft Guild came to the rescue.

Guild members took detailed measurements and photographs of what remained of each of the six tiers, making a note of the original techniques and materials used in the creation of the historic 70-year-old cake.

Sponsorship for the project was sought from specialist suppliers who provided materials to help the BSG recreate this unique replica cake. The British Sugarcraft Guild is grateful for the tremendous support it received from the WMG at Warwick University, Renshaw, FPC Sugarcraft, Dummies Direct, Doric Cakecraft, Bako Northwestern, Sugar City and Insignia. The husband of one of the Guild’s own members, whose hobby is wood turning, even stepped in to make the precision dowels that support each tier of the cake.

The original moulds to create the pictorial side panels on each tier had been lost, so using techniques usually applied to engineering projects, WMG Warwick brought the latest scanning and 3D printing technology to create the images to enable new silicone moulds to be made. This aspect of the project perfectly illustrates how modern technology and a traditional craft can work in harmony to recreate a beautiful historic work of sugar art. Likewise, all the template for the detailed piping work were no longer available, so Guild members drew new templates using the measurements and photographs that had been taken.

These detailed instructions and the original tier of the cake were passed out to six of the UK regions of The British Sugarcraft Guild and workshops arranged enabling as many of the Guild’s members as possible to take part in this historic project.

 

 

The original solid silver top ornament of the cake was in The Royal Collection and they kindly allowed the exquisite figure of St George and the Dragon to be laser scanned so a replica could be made. This was proudly placed on the cake top during the final assembly by a representative of WMG at Warwick.

Standing at over six feet tall, the newly completed cake is housed in a bespoke wood and glass case made by a local cabinet maker in Bermondsey. The beautiful simplicity of the showcase compliments the elaborately piped decoration of the cake perfectly.

The replica cake was unveiled at the Peek Frean Museum in Bermondsey in November 2017, in the presence of the sponsors and other invited guests. Following this, the museum is once again open to the public.

The reason why I feature them this week though, is due to the rather exciting news that the British Sugarcraft Guild has received a notification this week from The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark that they have been honoured in the Southwark Civic Awards in 2018 for our work on the restoration and afforded the Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey.

Each year, these awards publicly recognise exceptional contributions of individuals and organisations to life in Southwark. The nomination was originally made by a member of the public and it then had to pass through several committee stages before the approval was given. The award will be presented at a civic celebration later this month.

This really is fantastic news and an amazing achievement. Members of The British Sugarcraft Guild should feel incredibly proud of what they have been able to achieve together.

To find out more about the Guild’s incredible restoration project, you can visit their website.

 

And finally…

A long issue this week, but a busy week on Planet Cake!

I just wanted to add a quick note though to say thank you to all the people that have got in touch over the last 13 weeks, to those who have subscribed to Mr Baker’s Blog and to those who have been sharing my weekly round up newsletter. The more readers and subscribers I have, the more amazing opportunities I get to create fun and interesting content, so I am so reliant on you all for your continuing support.

If you’re new to Something Sweet this week, welcome along and don’t forget to subscribe while you are here! You can find the sign-up box in the right-hand panel (or at the bottom of the page if on my mobile site).

Until next week… xx