Something Sweet – Issue 44: The New Year Special

First of all, let me begin by wishing you all a very Happy New Year for the week ahead. I almost can’t believe that 2018 was only twelve months long. Between cake projects, school, the blog and keeping up with all of your news through each issue of Something Sweet, it almost feels like too much has happened for it only to have been a year long?!

I initially planned to include a lil’ feature on your Cakey New Year Resolutions in this week’s issue, but then Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine beat me to the punch! I’ll happily forgive them though, as the latest issue also sees them pick up my blog all about the first CAKE LIVE Demonstration Day, hosted by FMM Sugarcraft and the magazine themselves, running it in full across three full pages. That was a fabulous Christmas surprise!

 

As a result, I thought I’d leave the #CNYRs to Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine and instead use 2018’s last issue of Something Sweet to look back at some of the highlights of the last twelve months and look ahead to what we have to look forward to in 2019.

However, as I started to do my own research and compile my own list of highlights, I realised that it can get pretty boring, always hearing what I think. Instead, I decided to reach out to some of our favourite cake talents to see what their highlights of 2018 were and to find out what they are looking forward to in 2019.

So, let’s get to it!

 

Corinna Maguire – Lovin’ from the Oven by Corinna Maguire:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

That has to be the Cake Masters Rising Star award!  I’m still trying to let that one sink in.

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018? (One of your own)

My piece for the Love Is Collaboration hosted by Isabel Tamargo and Val Seitz with a recreation of my parents was one of my favourites. It was pretty much the hardest thing that I’ve ever made. It’s not easy to recreate people so close to you.  But as it was for a ‘love is’ collaboration, there couldn’t be a better representation than my own parents. 

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

Other than a general ‘get organised’ and ‘be more prepared’, I’m attempting to co-host a HUGE showpiece for the Cake & Bake show in Germany this year: Sweet Impressions. It’s a whopper and loads to do, create and organise for it.  So fingers crossed that it all goes well and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

So much! I’m going back to teach in Alberta, Canada in February again. And… as a bonus, I also get to visit with my family while I’m there too.  And then of course there’s the second round of the Cake Retreat in Northern Ireland.  It’s an incredible cakey weekend with all the perks and socialising.  Always great fun.

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

I always have my favourite cakers for different reasons, but there’s a couple that I didn’t know before, popping up on my radar lately.  Like Angie Harris from Angie Scott Cakes and Elza Baldzhiyska from The Nightwitch’s Cakes.

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I’m dying to try out bean paste!  It’s on my to-do list.

 

Vicky Teather – Yellow Bee Cake Co:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

My highlight was seeing the Sugar Pirates collaboration come together at Cake International this year. I’d never organised a collaboration before, so I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. But, with the support of all of my wonderful artists, we created an amazing display and were awarded the title of Best Group Display!

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018? (One of your own)

My favourite cake this year was created for another collaboration. Not technically a cake per se, but an edible model of one of the witches from the Discworld novel series. I started creating it in January, but as is usually the case with collaboration work, I had to keep putting it to one side. I’m really pleased with how well she came out in the end though and that leads nicely on to your next question…

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

…my cake goal for 2019 is to create even more figure models and hopefully improve my skills.

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

I’ve got a few exciting things planned for 2019. Firstly, I’ll be heading over to Northern Ireland to judge at the NISE show. It’ll be my first ever judging role, so I’m excited to get stuck in. I’m also running another collaboration for Cake International 2019, this time with a witches theme. It’s open to all artists, so if you would like to join us, please get in touch!

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

Oh, this is a hard one. I always seem to be about 10 years behind everyone else when it comes to finding new artists! I am currently in love with the work of Il mondo di ielle though.

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I think the latest cake trend I’d love to have a bash at is creating anime/manga figurines in sugar. I love how to fluidity of these characters is being pulled across into sugar. I have no idea how they create the flowing hair and fabrics, but I’m definitely going to have a go at it with some Saracino Flower Paste.

 

Zoe Hopkinson – Zoe’s Fancy Cakes:#

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

Well, other than being asked to feature in your collaboration (nicely done, Zoe!) and celebrating our shop’s 1st birthday, my favourite highlight was having my all-time cake hero, Carlos Lischetti over to teach at our shop in Leeds. I believe I might have Carla Puig (another of my cake heroes) to thank for him coming over. He was amazing and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Actually, I’ve loved having all of our guest teachers here! Being asked to demonstrate on stage and teach at Cake International was also a real achievement for me.

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

This is such a tough question, mainly as I always forget what I’ve made in a year. I really love the novelty cakes, but I think possibly the cake I made for the Daniel Dieguez collaboration at Cake International, I as I got to mix cute novelty characters (like my macaroons with faces) as well as more classical sugar flowers onto  a large wedding cake I’d made.

My second was my Mr Incredible cake that I made for the YouTube Incredibles Tutorial Collaboration. I just had so much fun making this one and loved being part of a really talented group of ladies in the collaboration, including Kylie Mangles of Letterpress Bakery, Etty van Urk of Cake Dutchess, Tracey Rothwell of Little Cherry Cake Company, Amanda Lee of Sugar Sugar Cake School and Corinna Maguire of Lovin’ from the Oven by Corinna Maguire.

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

I always put the same goal for every year and I never get around to doing it! I’m not going to mention what it is – just in case I don’t get time to get it done again. But I will say that in 2019, I really want to take some time to develop my own skills and learn some new things, as well as concentrating more on my YouTube tutorials, online classes and some new face to face classes.

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

Yes! I’m going to the Philippines and I’m really looking forward to teaching at a new cake show there, which has been arranged by Valeri and Christina of Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes. I’m also looking forward to visiting a few new countries that I’ve not been to before to teach.

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

Oh, this is another tough one, because I have been so busy this year that I haven’t really had a chance to keep up with what has been going on in the cakey world.

Although Something Sweet helps, right? Right?!!

There are a lot that I follow on Instagram who do such incredible work, but choosing just one would be so difficult. I have been watching a lady called Corina Venegas since Carlos Lischetti pointed her out to me and I really like her work – it’s so fun, cute and colourful.

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I still haven’t really tried isomalt yet – well, not successfully anyway – so I would really like to have more of a play around with that. I’d love to be able to use it alongside other mediums for my figure making. I also still need to try wafer paper flowers. So far, I’ve only got as far as eating the paper before I actually get around to making anything with it!

 

Shawna McGreevy – McGreevy Cakes and Cakeheads:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

The Sweet Weekend & Masquerade Ball was definitely my highlight!  Thomas and I had a ridiculous amount of fun hanging out with all of the guests throughout the weekend, many of which are members of our online cake school, Cakeheads.com.  The weekend, ending with the fancy ball, turned out to be even more amazing than we had dreamed it would be and we just could not be happier with how everything came together and the feedback we received from the attendees!  We’re so thrilled that it was a wonderful weekend for all! 

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

I’m going to have to go with the most recent one I’ve made for the year… the Golden Santa cake.  It was just one of those projects that happened to be all that I was hoping it would (which is always a pleasant surprise.

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

To make sure our Cakeheads members stay ridiculously happy with their membership, belonging to a supportive and encouraging family of cake artist friends ready to have each other’s backs in any moment of need (that may sound kind of cheesy, but I tell you – it’s real, it’s needed, and it’s amazing, the support and bond the members have formed.  Again, it’s one of those things that has exceeded our hopes and brings us some serious joy!)

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

Hmmm, not really… just ready for whatever new adventure awaits.

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

Cindy Sauvage of MADL Creations has been blowing my mind with her gorgeous work (have you SEEN her recent Harry Potter cake? GAH!)  She’s definitely one to watch.

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I’ve been wanting to try out the buttercream pallet knife flower trend I’ve been seeing around, like on this gorgeous cake by Butter & Blossoms

It’s such a beautiful look and brilliant technique and I can’t wait to mess it up – errrr… have a go at it, I mean. 😉

 

Molly Robbins – Molly’s Creative Cakes:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

I think having my own exhibit at cake international! Every year the show gets bigger and better, and it was an honour for my work to be recognised on such a huge scale.

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

Definitely my giant elephant – the biggest, heaviest and (I think) cutest cake I’ve done yet. Especially after his Indian makeover for the Cake & Bake Show.

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

I would like to keep exhibiting, keep travelling (I’ve just got back doing the Australian cake shows) and keep pushing myself to do the things I never thought I could.

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

I have been filming pretty much non-stop for series 4 of Extreme Cake Makers so it’s going to be nice to see that on TV and hopefully all the hard work will have been worth it !

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019?

There are so many incredible artists out there, it’s hard to keep up! I always continue to be amazed by my lovely friend Lara Mason and the life-size cakes she creates. It will be fun to see who she makes next!

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I like the look of this flexible edible fabric stuff. I can’t remember the name of it, but I think it would be cute to have a go at making some edible realistic clothing. I recently made a squirrel in a kilt and it would have been perfect for that!

 

Karen Keaney – Roses and Bows Cakery by Karen Keaney:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

Has to be launching my brand new online Cake school last March. It was a huge amount of work but so worth it. I also finally settled into my new studio, which was again a lot of work, so the beginning of 2018 was full of changes for me.

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

I’m going to be greedy and pick two.

My Dia De Los Muertos bust I made for the Food Theatre at the Electric Picnic Festival (Ireland’s Glastonbury!). It was commissioned by Food Writers John and Sally McKenna and unveiled on stage at their special artisan brunch.

And my Brown Bull of Cooley showpiece, commissioned by Chef Sean Owens. It was made for the World Butchers Challenge that was held at IFEX in Belfast. The Bull was the centrepiece for Team Ireland’s display and I was so please they came out on top and won the title of World Champions.

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

To grow my online school even more – membership has doubled in the last year so I’m super excited to see what 2019 brings!

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

Cake International on Tour in London. I got to create the new schedule for this show (a first for me!) so I’m really excited to see artists’ interpretations of the themes – especially the Wild Card!

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

There are so many inspiring artists coming through each year, I’m not sure I could pick just one. I think cake is delving deeper into the artistic world each year which I just love to see.

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I won’t lie, I’m rubbish at trends. I do have some cool designs in mind for tutorials in the new year and I’ve included some moving parts which is a first for me – fun, but quite stressful.

 

Rhianydd Webb – Dragons & Daffodils Cakes by Rhianydd Webb:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

My personal cake highlight was accepting my UK Top 10 Cake Artist award from Rosie Mazumder, whilst wearing my Cake International judge’s jacket. It was the high point of my twenty year career.

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

That’s a tricky one as most of mine are class subjects or for collaborations now. I think my niece’s fairy toadstool scene because the reaction to it made me cry!

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

My cake goal for 2019 is to get back to my roots and make more sugar flowers. They became very commercial over the course of 3000 weddings, so I am working on that

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

Oh my word, yes! Just before Christmas, I received the most incredible email, but it is top secret so I will just have to ‘squee’ in private for now!!

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

Oh, that is a hard one too. I absolutely adore seeing each and every sugar piece. I look on in wonder all the time, but for me, it has to be Elena Gnut. Her work is so original. I have been following her for a while, but each new piece takes my breath away.

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I think they come around in circles, but each time with a new twist. I’ve just spent a whole lot on lovely Squires Kitchen veiners in the last month and have also been making my own, so I would say realistic British wild flowers and foliage.

I am glad to see that flowers in all mediums are becoming more realistic again which is exciting

 

Isabel Tamargo – Tartas Imposibles by Isabel Tamargo:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

To be honest, it is kind of related to cake, as all my cakey friends were there, but it wasn’t about cakes themselves. It was being proposed to at Cake International!

It was definitely a moment to treasure, as it was absolutely special. My girl invited all of the people I love – my friends – to be a part of it, but I think everybody who was there was caught in the moment. I think it was an “every girl’s dream moment”. I would love to say thank you again to all of you being there for us!

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

Definitely my Nosferatu, made for Karen Keaney’s Twisted Sugar Artists’ display at Cake International 2018.

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

I try to never have any cake goals and never usually plan too far ahead, but next year will be special, as Val and myself are organising a beautiful event, along with Corinna Maguire, Sophia Fox and 45 other international artists at the Cake & Bake Show in Essen, Germany during the first weekend in May. It’s a charity event for children in need and their families. I’d love to use this chance to invite people to donate. For details, feel free to send me a message via Facebook please.

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

Definitely. But it’s all a secret at the moment. You will have to wait a while longer before I can tell you about this one.

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

A really hard question, as I see many many talents emerging in the industry every year – actually, every day!

Lulu Lucero from Mexico would be my first choice, as a self-taught and really modest artist! But also Joane Chopard and Lorita Grigcevic Klaric, who both have really clean and detailed work!

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

Through my teaching, I would love to have more opportunities to teach classes with real cake – to teach people how to bake them, how to carve and shape them, use ganaches and fillings etc. Then move into modelling and decorating skills. Modelling products are great, but, to me, it isn’t real “cake art” without actual cake. I want to go back to my roots and teach things properly.

 

Dorothy Klerck – Eat Cake Party:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

My personal cakey highlight of the past year has to be Cake International Birmingham with Cake Masters Awards. I met so many people I’d been dying to meet and spent great times with friends too. I came home inspired and ready for 2019!

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

My favourite cake of 2018 had to be a cake which I made for a TV feature (which will be released in early 2019) of a mother and baby giraffe. I loved the loving feeling I could see between the mother and baby!

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

My cake goal for 2019 is to push myself to create more detailed realistic cakes that continue to challenge my sculpting skills. I have a few large projects coming up that I hope I can bring to life.

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

I’m looking forward to meeting new students in different parts of the world because it is always inspiring. I’m also going to the International Cake Show Australia in May, where I’ll be creating a special cake for them. I’m also heading to some other international shows in both Argentina and the UK again, so there is a lot to look forward to.

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

There are so many at the moment! It’s an exciting time!

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

Oooh, I’m dying to create some wafer paper flowers. The new hyper-realistic trend is amazing!

 

I bet you thought you’d got away without hearing mine, didn’t you? No such luck, I’m afraid…

Rob Baker-Gall of Mr Baker’s Cakes:

  1. What was your personal cakey highlight of 2018?

I have been lucky enough to have had so many amazing experiences and opportunities this year, so it’s really hard to choose just one! But – if I had to – it would probably be The Greatest Showpiece. If you missed it at the time, a load of my cake chums and I came together to produce a showstopping cake for my godson’s fifth birthday and the results were far better than I could ever have imagined. You can read all about the project here! I must take this opportunity to say another massive thank you to all of the incredible talents that contributed to such a fantastic project.

 

  1. What was your favourite cake of 2018?

My favourite creation of 2018 would have to be the chocolate sculpted bust I made during my course with one of my cake idols, Carla Puig back in March. It was so very far outside my comfort zone and totally different from anything I had created before, but I was thrilled with the results. You can read more about my weekend with Carla at this link.

  1. What is your cake goal for 2019?

Most of my goals for 2019 are to do with developing and improving the blog – as well as adding a YouTube channel to my online offerings. I also want to get more of you actively involved with the blog, to ensure that it truly is a community resource.

  1. Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?

There are so many things! I am involved in some really exciting collaborations, I am taking part in some amazing cake shows and I also have some awesome things happening in my personal life too! But you’ll have to stay glued to the blog to find out more about them all!

  1. What cake talent do you think will be one to watch in 2019 (a rising star)?

There are sooo many up and coming talents in cake at the moment – it’s such an exciting time! I’ll be watching Lulú Lucero and Elza Baldzhiyska very closely though!

  1. What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at in 2019?

I want to do more work with modelling chocolate and particularly have some more goes at creating realistic busts. They are one of my favourite styles of cake and the work of Carla Puig, Marta Hidalgo, Natalie Sideserf (and more!) inspire me all the time! I am planning to create chocolate busts for some of the collaborations I am involved with in 2019, so hopefully I will get lots of opportunities to work on my skills in this area.

 

But we’re not done! I also want to hear from you! What were your highlights of 2018? Which of your own creations was your favourite? What is your cake goal for 2019? Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2019?  Which cake talents do you think will be ones to watch in the coming months? What Cake trend are you itching to have a go at this year?

Be sure to let me know by messaging my Facebook page, posting in the dedicated Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes Facebook group or by emailing me directly.

 

Cake of the Year 2018!

Now, of course, we can’t look back over 2018, without acknowledging all of the incredible cakes that have been crowned Cake of the Week over the last 43 issues.

When you look at them all together (which you can do here), it is very easy to be blown away by the sheer amount of creative talent and skills, from a variety of disciplines, that went into bringing these masterpieces to life. Choosing a favourite from across the year was an impossible task and definitely one I didn’t fancy tackling on my own. Instead, I delegated the task to my super awesome Facebook followers, who reluctantly picked up the baton.

It really was a tough undertaking to choose a favourite from all of the finalists, but, ultimately, they managed to do it and I am delighted to announce that the Something Sweet Cake of the Year 2018 is…

*drumroll*

…Lisa Ogden of Oggy’s Cakes.

I think it’s safe to say that Lisa’s poignant tribute resonated with many of us. Congratulations Lisa once again on a well-deserved win – please get in touch with me as I am planning on whipping up a little something for you to help you commemorate your win…

I’d also like to say a huge congratulations to all of the finalists once again – you are all incredibly talented individuals and I know you REALLY made things tricky for the judges!

 

Looking ahead to 2019, if you want to be in with the chance of scooping a Something Sweet Cake of the Week, make sure you are posting your bakes in my Facebook group, Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes – this will ensure I don’t miss any of your wonderful creations!

 

And finally…

I must thank you all for all your support this year. For reading the blog, sharing your comments and ideas, contributing your own content, sharing it with your friends, actively promoting it within the industry and even more besides. Remember, Something Sweet is a community resource – the best issues are the ones with plenty of contributions from all of you and I really couldn’t keep it going without you all, so please continue to send in your latest cakes and projects, collaborations, events, special announcements and more.

And if you have more to say, I also welcome guest posts on the blog too. If you would like me to publish a comment piece, a tutorial, a recipe or coverage of an event, experience or even just a topic you are passionate about, make sure you get in touch…

You can reach me through my Facebook page, the dedicated Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes Facebook group or by emailing me directly.

Once again, let me wish you all a very Happy New Year and a healthy, prosperous and joy-filled 2019. x