Something Sweet – Issue 43

Hey hey hey, cake chums and welcome to issue 43 of Something Sweet – your weekly slice of all the latest news from the world of cake…

I know we are all super busy with Christmas prep, last minute orders and generally just managing to stay on top of everything, so I’ve streamlined this issue as much as possible, but I wanted to check in with you all one last time before the big day!

Oh, and just a quick heads up: if you are looking forward to finding out who won the Magic Colours competition, I’m afraid that you will have to hang on a little bit longer. I’ll be posting the results in a dedicated solo post later on…

 

What’s new on Mr Baker’s Blog this week?

You would not believe the week that I have had this week! Between 120 hyped up five- and six-year-olds, three nativity performances, a whole school staff training day on the last day of term (which I delivered), hosting a lil’ Christmas party for my team – oh, and shooting a live video tutorial for Shawna McGreevy of McGreevy Cakes’ Cakeheads, it has certainly been a busy one.

If you’re not a member of Shawna’s Cakeheads, then you should really check it out.

Her online cake school offers you the chance to learn directly from one of the most incredible cake artists in the world, starting right at the beginning with The Basics Course which covers all you need to know to build the rights foundations to create beautiful cakes; access to all of Shawna’s own cake projects as she captures them on video and/or in photos and learn the techniques she uses to create them while getting new content delivered right to your inbox; and live demos with special guest master cake artists from around the world, so you can watch  your favourite artists work and ask questions in real time. Shawna also hosts fun, live group chats and support sessions for members periodically as well!

I’ll let one of her members tell you a little bit more:

To find out more or to sign up to Cakeheads, you can head to this link.

 

Have you heard…?

Following my comments last week regarding counterfeit cake tools and moulds, I have a fantastic update to share with you all. However, rather than me tell you about it, let’s hear it from the victor herself…

It really is awesome news and just goes to show the collective power of the cake industry when we come together for a common cause. Congratulations to Louisa Russell of Blossom Sugar Art on a fantastic result.

Next up, Gwen Powell of dragéekíss is leading the charge against the international entities that are bringing poor quality copies to the market via websites like AliExpress and even, in some cases, trying to sell them to unsuspecting independent cake stores.

Gwen’s first step was setting up a new Facebook group, ‘Cake Army #counterfeitawareness’, specifically for those of us who are affected by or concerned about the counterfeit industry. If you would be interested in joining Gwen in her campaign to raise awareness, then you can find her group here.

 

Cake Show Showcase:

I’m sure that, like me, you’re all looking forward to NISE 2019 – which is now less than three months away by the way – but it seems that the team aren’t resting on their laurels at all, with plans already underway for NISE 2020.

I’m sure that more information on that will follow, but for now, I thought I’d give you the all-important dates so you can pop them in your diary.

So, make sure you save the date and I’ll see you at NISE 2020 from 7-8 March 2020!

 

Cakes in the Mainstream:

Did you see that Extreme Cake Makers was back for a Christmas Special yesterday?

I haven’t watched it yet, but don’t worry – I’ve got it recorded and will be getting all caught up later today. I can’t wait to see what our favourite Extreme Cake Makers have been up to!

On an entirely personal note, I absolutely loved the promo image – it proper tickled me!

Find the Christmas special on catch up here.

 

This week I am mostly loving…

Christmas! And Christmas cakes!

A stunning Christmas Tree Cake by Shook Up Cakes

My social media timelines are absolutely stuffed full of all of your stunning festive creations and it is so fun! I don’t know about you, but I tend to relax and have a little bit more fun with my Christmas cakes, which can mean that they end up more enjoyable too.

Love this cake by Cakes by Carol which she raffled off in aid of the Young Peoples Counselling Service

I’d love to see what YOU have been creating, so make sure you post your favourites in my Facebook group: Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes.

This amazing creation by Hayley Wisken Cakes blows me away every time I see it.

 

I wanna make that!

I have to say a massive thank you to Natalie Porter of Immaculate Confections for the awesome surprise that landed in my email inbox this week.

In honour of the season, Natalie is treating us all to a stunning, free tutorial to help us create these gorgeous flowers, leaves, buds and berries!

This arrangement would look stunning atop any cake, but particularly on a traditional Christmas cake.

To get your hands on Natalie’s tutorial, all you need to do is sign up for Natalie’s mailing list and it’ll find its way right to your inbox. It also comes with an exclusive code that will get you 15% off in the Immaculate Confections shop too!

To sign up for the mailing list, head to this link.

 

Cake of the Week!

I’m loving this contemporary take on a traditional rustic Christmas Cake by Danette Kessler of Danette’s Creative Corner.

I can’t tell if the decorations are edible or well-chosen props, but either way, they look amazing.

The addition of the light up spacer means that the cake also looks amazing as a display piece too!

Congratulations on a fabulous creation Danette and a wonderful cake of the week!

 

And finally…

I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas with your family and friends. I hope that you have all managed to schedule some down time during which you’ll be able to relax and that you will all be able to ignore the cakey to do lists for a few days.

Oh, and if Father Christmas brings you some super exciting cake-related goodies, do be sure to swing by my Facebook group and tell me all about them. I don’t think my friends and family would dare through fear of buying ‘the wrong thing’, so I’m going to need to live vicariously through you all.

Have a wonderful time and I’ll see you all next week! xx