Something Sweet – Issue 16

What’s new on the blog this week?

I was delighted to welcome the lovely and uber-talented Helen Wilkinson of ‘Who did the cake?’ to the blog this week with an exclusive guest post all about Australia’s largest international cake, cookie and sweet show, the International Cake Show Australia (ICSA) hosted by Australian Cake Artists & Decorators Association (ACADA).

With the awesome tagline, Watch & Learn – Create Make & Take – Shop & Taste, attendees were invited to join the party being held at Brisbane Showgrounds Exhibition Building where thousands of cake, cookie, foodie and sweet lovers came together to celebrate, learn and taste all things sweet and decadent. ICSA looked like it was a really fun event and I was rather gutted that I wasn’t able to be there in person. Luckily, Helen has managed to capture all the fun and excitement of the weekend – be sure to check it out here.

 

Have you heard…?

Have you ever wanted to see your cakes in print? Well now is your chance!

Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft Magazine are looking for contributions for their November issue and are holding an open #CakeCastingCall.

Editor, Leeanne Cooper has explained that all types and styles of cakes are welcome – from wedding to novelty – so what are you waiting for.

To submit one of your cakes, simple email your high resolution image along with your logo to leeanne.cooper@warnersgroup.co.uk

 

I couldn’t live without…

Over the last few months, fifteen of my cake chums have joined us to share their favourite cake tool or product and, while I have a fair few more of them lined up in the coming weeks, I would like to expand our horizons.

I would like to hear from… you!

What’s the one tool or product you couldn’t live without and why? What do you particularly love about it? How has it made your life easier? Why should everyone else try it? Why is it better than something else?

If you would like to share your caking ‘must have’ with us all, then you can send a message directly to my Facebook page or why not come and join us in the dedicated Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes group.

 

The hottest ticket in town!

It seems that things are really coming together over at the hottest new addition to the UK’s cake show line up.

The team behind the Northern Ireland Sugar Expo (NISE) have started sending out information packs to potential sponsors and exhibitors and I’ve been able to sneak a look. One word: wow!

The show is starting to look pretty darn special – not only because the location looks absolutely amazing, but the pack also contains details of some of the fantastic guest artists, tutors and demonstrators signed up to appear.

The Northern Ireland Sugar Expo will run from 9th to 10th March 2019 at the Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club.

If you would be interested in exhibiting your product or service at the NISE show, then you can contact the NISE team here.

 

I wanna make that!

Have you discovered the wonderful work of Mio Shih yet?

If not, you need to check out the latest ADORABLE tutorial on her YouTube channel, Deliciously Yummy Sydney: the Joshua & Maria Sugar Figurines Tutorial.

Winner of the 2018 Rising Star of the Year award at the recent Australasian Cake Oscar Awards, Mio has created a stunning photo guide accompanied by detailed instructions, which will show you how to make her Joshua and Maria sugar figurines with modelling paste.

You can find part one of the tutorial ‘Maria’ here and part two, ‘Joshua’ here.

 

The Collaboration Station

To celebrate 15 years since the release of Walt Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo, the Cake Page Circle collaboration group have ‘Gone Fishing’.

Although small, with 14 members from across the globe, the collaboration contains a whole variety of wonderful pieces inspired by the movie’s undersea world and its memorable characters.

You can find the rest of the collection over at the collaboration’s dedicated Facebook page.

 

Spotlight on the boys…

This week, one of my favourite artists, Marc Suarez of Le Doux Collage revealed his latest gravity-defying cake – a stunning homage to Moana’s Hei Hei.

As soon as Marc saw Hei Hei, he knew that he needed to recreate him in cake and his replica uses a combination of sugarpaste, rice paper and isomalt to create an incredibly striking piece.

However, I also wanted to feature Marc again this week because of his announcement that he is planning to launch his own online cake school!

Marc explained that he has been receiving e-mails and messages asking him if he delivers online courses for a long time now, but up to now, he hasn’t been in a position to film them. However, he has now decided to make some adjustments to his studio that will change that.

He is hoping to be able to launch his new school in the next few months.

If you would be interested in receiving information about upcoming courses from Le Doux Collage, you can email Marc at ledouxcollage@gmail.com

 

Cake of the Week!

Take a look at this incredible installation created by the incredibly talented (and lovely and gorgeous) Dorothy Klerck of Eat Cake Party.

Created for the international animal charity FOUR PAWS in South Africa to launch their #RiseUpAndRoar campaign to save South Africa’s lions, Dot’s incredible and completely EDIBLE display is on show at the V&A Waterfront shopping centre.

As we have grown to expect, Dot’s craftmanship is of the scale and I know she overcame some incredibly challenging weather to pull this piece together in time.

Honestly, this cake installation is so mind-blowing, I couldn’t even consider any other cake for this week’s Cake of the Week. Congratulations Dot on another astonishing piece for an incredibly worthy cause!

These incredible images of Dot’s display were captured by talented photographer and travel blogger Mike Eloff of Life of Mike (son of our very own Calli Hopper of Calli Creations). Mike headed down to see the launch and I am very grateful that he has given me permission to use his photographs. You can see more of Mike’s photography (and check out his awesome blog) over at his website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honourable mention…

I am hearing exciting news coming in from Paul Bradford and his team.

In his fairly cryptic status update, Paul announced, “After months of hard work and keeping quiet, here’s our new Brand logo! The new website should be live soon.”

Paul has promised to send me over the all-important details as soon as they are ready to release them, but, in the meantime, I’d love to hear your predictions.

Just what do you think CakeFlix is all about?

 

And finally…

Although it has been a quiet week on the blog this week, it certainly hasn’t been a quiet week in the Mr Baker’s Cakes kitchen. We have been on a half term break in the UK this week and I have taken full advantage of the week away from school to indulge in lots of cakey-related endeavours.

Some of you have already guessed some of what I have been doing based on this image I teased during the week. I’ll be finishing this up during this coming week, so keep an eye out for it on the blog soon.

I also got to tick a cake sculpt off my bucket list – specifically a bird – when I helped out one of my friends by sculpting a pigeon (of all things) for her to use on a cake. Unfortunately, due to time contraints, I had to keep this one fairly simple, but I definitely want to have another go at a bird soon. My interest has been officially piqued!

Yesterday, I was incredibly honoured to be invited along to one of Hannah Edwards’ cake classes to find out how to create cakes The Cake Illusionist way.

I had a really great time getting to grips with a very familiar subject in an entirely new way and am very grateful to Hannah for the opportunity. Thanks Hannah!

One of his poor paws got a bit smooshed on the way home…

If you would like to find out how to create cakes The Cake Illusionist way, then why not head over to Hannah’s Facebook page.

So that has been my week in cake. What have you been up to? And how has the weather treated you?