Something Sweet – Issue 27

It’s Sunday once again and I do so hope that you are having a wonderful weekend. I have another bumper issue for you this week, so let’s get to it…

 

What’s new on the blog this week?

Gosh, what a mammoth week it has been!

After last week’s six-month anniversary of Something Sweet and this coming week’s one-year anniversary of Mr Baker’s Blog as a whole, as I wrote in my post on Thursday, I decided that it was time to give things a bit of a refresh.

Do you know, I realised that Mr Baker’s Blog still didn’t have a logo of its own – just an annotated version of my cake logo – so when better to create one than on the first anniversary of Mr Baker’s Blog? I’ve stuck with my existing paint splodge theme (is that the best way to describe it?), but pulled the other key colour from the website. The eagle-eyed amongst you may also notice that I then got a bit carried away and, as a result, we also have a new masthead and a new background, which I hope show off just some of the highlights of the last year – I think it’s all looking rather fetching, if I do say so myself.

 

On Friday, after dropping numerous hints over the last few weeks, I FINALLY told you all about my upcoming road trip – 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 came about as a result of my super-secret collaboration project – which you’ve hopefully read all about 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 Fabricake to read about it) and I now need to go and collect their contributions from them.

I’ll be heading off on Thursday (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.

However, I’m starting to retype the whole of Friday’s post write here, so rather than replicate it entirely, head here to read the rest of it.

As I travel the country, I’ll be posting a daily blog about that day’s adventures and I’ll be checking in with some of my other cakey chums too along the way. If you’re close to Bolton, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham or Basingstoke and would like a visit to your shopfront, class or event – and a big shout out in that day’s blog of course – then be sure to get in touch!

 

Have you heard…?

How do you fancy getting your hands on a FREE Clairella Cakes Airbrush Kit or even a class with Clairella herself – AKA Claire Anderson?

Well, this week, you can do just that! Yup, that’s right, Claire is giving away your choice of either an airbrush kit or a class completely free.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, is head to Claire’s post on Facebook and comment with either ‘Kit’ or ‘Class’. Oh, and share the post with your cakey chums too, of course!

However, please note, the giveaway only runs until 7pm TONIGHT, so don’t waste any more time – head on over and get your entry in! And good luck!

Oh, and if you don’t win, you can always pick up your Clairella Cakes Airbrush Kit from Fabricake, taking 10% off with discount code MRBAKER10.

 

Have you also heard…?

Have you ever dreamt of being a caker to royalty and the stars?

If so, you may be interested to know that the creators of this year’s Royal Wedding Cake, Violet Bakery are recruiting.

Well known for their signature rustic buttercream-finished cakes with fresh florals adornments, as well as their huge range of deliciously home-baked seasonal confections, the Violet Bakery are looking for experienced and talented bakers to join their royal-approved line up.

If you fancy creating cakes like this beauty, and have relevant experience of course, then Violet Bakery want to hear from you!

To find out more, you need to email info@violetcakes.com

 

Cake Show Showcase:

It’s making me feel ill even just writing this, but do you realise we only have twelve more days to get our entries in for Cake International’s globally-renowned competitions? That’s less than two weeks!

Of course, this year, they are allowing late entries at a higher price, but we don’t want to pay more do we? So, I guess it is time to bite the bullet and get those last-minute entries in! I still have no idea what I am doing, or even if I’ll have time alongside the two mammoth display pieces that I am creating for this year’s show, but I figure it’s better to enter and not have time, than to miss out and then wish I had.

If, like me, you still haven’t entered and would like to, head to the Cake International website now, READ the competition schedule (I can’t stress this enough) and then get your entry (or entries) in now!

 

This week I am mostly loving…

This week, I have become a little bit obsessed with YouTube (I don’t need to hyperlink YouTube do I?).

Now I know that we all use YouTube all the time to check out what other artists are doing or to see techniques in action before try them ourselves, but I mean YouTubers and their channels. I think the YouTuber trend has passed me by up to now – whether by choice or by accident, I don’t know – but this week, it definitely caught up with me and I think I kind of get it now.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been focussing my viewing on the purely the cake-related genres (OK, I’m obsessed with Safiya Nygaard), but there are a number of cakers who are embracing the true spirit of YouTubing (which is actually a word – who knew?!) such as Man About Cake, The BakeKing and Rosanna Pansino (although she might just be a YouTuber who makes cakes occasionally?).

Rather than merely producing tutorials, YouTubers like these create videos that are far more of a production – they are entertaining in their own right.

Obviously, I am still very new to all of this though, so if you can think of some other awesome cakers who are fully embracing the YouTube phenomenon that you think I should check out, then let me know in the comments!

 

This week I am also mostly loving…

I have to say a massive thank you to my buddy Etty van Urk of Cake Dutchess for the lovely surprise that landed on my doormat this week.

Why, yes. Yes, I am wearing my Superman pyjamas in this picture…

As you know, I’ve been watching following Etty’s journey to bring her new tools to market with great interest, so it is really exciting to finally be able to hold them in my hands!

And although I can’t yet say that I love using them – because I haven’t actually used them – I certainly love how beautifully they arrived!

Check back soon for my full review!

 

The hottest ticket in town!

I am aware that I often share some quite advanced cake classes with you, but I realise that actually a fair few of my readers are either just starting out in cake decorating and sugarcraft or even merely cake enthusiasts.

As a result, I thought that this week, I’d share something that caught my eye (particularly as I am totally crushing on her awesome teaching space – this is exactly what my dream classroom would look like) that my newer readers might find useful.

Growing up, the owner and founder of CakeArt Creations, Lynda Gilbey had always had a passion for baking and, by the age of thirteen, she was already making cakes for her family and friends.

It wasn’t long after her sister started training as a chef that Lynda’s knowledge of cake decorating was sought from the Senior Bakery Lecturer and so began a long career in teaching, shortly followed by the birth of CakeArt Creations.

As a lecturer for over 20 years, Lynda has taught CENTRA, ABC and City & Guilds at various colleges within the Midlands area, whilst continuing to run her own successful business in Atherstone.

At her cake school, CakeArt Creations: The Studio, accredited tutor Lynda delivers professional PME Diplomas in Sugarcraft alongside a number of other highly successful cake baking and decorating classes.

This week saw CakeArt Creations: The Studio announce their latest range of classes, including the Back to Basics Beginners Class, which Lynda recommends for those new to sugarcraft before they take on the professional PME Diploma.

If this sounds like you and you are considering enhancing and developing your skills, then this is your chance to book on to Lynda’s latest class, which includes all of the materials you will need, the use of a broad range of professional equipment and with 6.5 hours tuition, for the very reasonable price of just £95.

Based in the heart of the Midlands and only 30 minutes from both Coventry and Birmingham, CakeArt: The Studio is an ideal location for anyone looking to begin their adventures in sugarcraft. If you would like to find out more about classes at CakeArt: The Studio, you can visit their website right here!

 

I wanna make that!

I think I have told you before that we are a dinosaur-mad household, so when I saw Lizzo Marek of Sugar Geek Show’s latest tutorials go live this week, I was excited!

Recently, Lizzo (and husband Dan) celebrated the fourth birthday of their gorgeous daughter, Avalon, with a stunning dinosaur-themed birthday bash. In addition to some gorgeous, hand-painted dinosaur cookies from Sara’s Sweets, Avalon’s ROARsome party was watched over by not one, but two incredible dinosaur cakes crafted by her talented mommy and what’s more, Lizzo has published tutorials on how to make them both!

Sara’s Sweet’s adorable, hand-painted dinosaur cookies

Lizzo Marek is the creator of Sugar Geek Show, a one-stop cake decorating school with over 150 tutorials and hours-upon-hours of easy-to-follow instructions that will provide you with all of the tools you could possibly need to become a cake decorating master. What I like about Lizzo’s school is that she also posts regular free tutorials and recipes to allow people to build up their skills and confidence, with no membership required. Then, once cakers are feeling ready, they can then sign up to her school to tackle the more complex projects therein.

This week’s dinosaurs demonstrate this perfectly, with the simpler Dinosaur Egg Cake Tutorial, which is perfect for any youngster’s (or you know, a thirty-something-year-old’s) birthday party, being available on Lizzo’s website right now – completely free of charge! You can follow the tutorial to learn how to make a fun sculpted dinosaur egg cake using only simple cake structure techniques. The dinosaur topper is made from rice cereal, with isomalt eyes and simple watercolor scales, which can all be made ahead of time and placed on top of the egg cake just before setting it up. You can find this tutorial over at Sugar Geek Show, right here.

However, if you are up for something a little more challenging, then why not register for Sugar Geek Show’s free trial and check out some of the 150+ tutorials available, including the Blue Raptor Dinosaur Tutorial which will teach you how to scale photo references to create any cake you want, how to make a cake structure to match and how to make a cutesy blue raptor showpiece out of rice cereal treats or cake, with sparkling isomalt dinosaur eyes. To find out more about this tutorial and membership of Sugar Geek Show, head here.

 

The Collaboration Station

Have there been any collaborations? I feel like I haven’t seen any collaborations.

If I’ve missed one/some, please do let me know. It may well be that my particularly zealous YouTube viewing has eaten into some of my ‘scouring social media for Something Sweet-worthy content’ time.

In the meantime, if you still haven’t read all about my collaboration (sponsored by Fabricake – thanks guys!), why not go and do that now? And if you have already read about it, why not go and read about it again – just in case you have forgotten about it.

 

Spotlight on the boys…

Back in issue 15, I introduced you to the talent behind Happy Occasions Cakes, Paul Williams, describing him as a complete all-rounder when it comes to his sugarcraft.

He has proven that again this week, with yet another awesome cake creation, this time a superfun novelty cake created for the 40th birthday of a local grocer.

I love how his clever use of different coloured vegetables really makes this cake pop and I bet that Tricia was delighted with her special cake.

To find out more about (Welsh Wedding Awards 2018 Finalist) Paul and his awesome cake creations, head to his Facebook page here.

 

Cake of the Week!

Jacinta Perkins of Queensland, Australia-based Kidacity created this awesome ninja themed cake for the eighth birthday of her daughter, Maiya, who had helped design the cake, requesting that it be less cartoony and more realistic.

The cake (which was built from red velvet cake with Italian meringue buttercream and vanilla mud cake with vanilla buttercream – both of which were covered in dark chocolate ganache – yum!) incorporated all of Jacinta’s favourite finishes, including airbrushing, hand-painting and modelling, so she really enjoyed every minute of putting it together for Maiya’s special day.

I particularly love her use of stencilling to create an atmospheric skyline and the hand-painted ninja face is so so awesome. She also hand-modelled all of the additional elements, including the ninja topper, the sword and throwing stars.

Bearing in mind Jacinta only posted her cake online YESTERDAY, you would be amazed if you knew just how many people had submitted it in consideration for this week’s Cake of the Week.

However, when you look at all of the different skills and techniques that have gone into bring it to life, it’s easy to understand why.

Even more importantly, I understand that birthday girl absolutely loved her cake, describing it as, ‘Epic!!’, which is apparently high praise indeed from the usually nonchalant, Maiya.

Congratulations on an incredibly popular Cake of the Week, Jacinta and a very happy birthday to Maiya as well!

If you would like to see more of Jacinta’s incredible work, head to her page Kidacity over on Facebook. You can find it here.

 

Honourable mention…

Ok, did you see the adorable Disney princesses created by Silvia Mancini that she posted this week?

I don’t even know when she created them, but I just had to share them because the blend of Silvia’s uniquely recognisable signature style and the familiar Disney princesses seem to come together so perfectly and I just love them!

If you don’t already follow Silvia’s social media channels (why don’t you already follow Silvia’s social media channels?!), then you can find her Facebook page here and her Instagram right here.

And if, like me, you are totally in love with Silvia’s style of modelling, you can also find out about Silvia’s various products and classes via her website here.

And another honourable mention…

Check out this awesome Wimbledon-inspired cake by Pamela McCaffrey – Made With Love.

Entitled Strawberries & Cream, Pamela had intended to make it during this year’s Wimbledon tournament, but unfortuately, the fates decreed otherwise!

However, luckily for us, Pamela decided that as it is still summer, she would go ahead with her design, rather than waiting for next year’s Wimbledon.

I’m so so glad that she did, as I absolutely love it!

To see more of Pamela’s beautiful work, you can head to her Facebook page here.

 

And finally…

Don’t forget to get in touch this week to tell me all about what your corner of the cake world is talking about; to share which tools or products you are loving this week; to tell me about any exciting events or classes you have coming up; to share any recipes or tutorials you have discovered this week and are dying to try; and about anything else that has grabbed your attention on Planet Cake.

And of course, don’t forget to nominate your suggestions for the Cake of the Week. Maybe it’s one you have seen or perhaps it’s one of your own!

You can submit your contributions by messaging my Facebook page, by posting in the dedicated Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes Facebook group or by emailing me directly.

I look forward to hearing from you!