Hey hey hey, cake chums and welcome back to another issue of Something Sweet from Mr Baker’s Blog – your weekly slice of all the latest news from the world of cake.
We didn’t have a huge amount of your contributions this week, but we’re going to do the best we can with what we’ve got, so, without much further ado, let’s get stuck into issue 46!
What’s new on Mr Baker’s Blog this week?
This week, Cake Masters magazine released the second edition of their always awesome colouring book and it is even bigger and better than before!
After an overwhelming response to their first colouring book in 2017, the team knew that they had to come back with another edition and this year’s effort celebrates some of the most awesome cakes that have adorned the pages of the magazine over the last few years, with work from such legends as Mimicafe Union, Shannon Bond Cake Design, Laura Loukaides Cakes, Roses and Bows Cakery by Karen Keaney, Kek Couture, Merci Beaucoup Cakes, Karen Davies, City Cakes, Clairella Cakes and a whole lot more besides!
I have to say that I was particularly excited to receive my copy of the 2019 edition, as I had spied a certain familiar face when perusing the magazine’s Instagram Stories earlier this week… Yes, my Grumpy Pug: Winter edition was among the cakes included in this year’s issue!
In celebration, the editor of Cake Masters Magazine, Rosie Mazumder kindly sent me some extra copies to share with you guys and I can now announce the three lucky winners who will be getting their paws on them.
Congratulations to Hayley Russell, Sarah Miles Russell (*whispers* I don’t think they’re related) and Kate Parsons. Drop me a line and I’ll get your colouring books out to you this week!
I also need to say a massive thank you to all of those who headed over to my brand new YouTube channel during the last week and hit that all-important subscribe button!
In last week’ issue, I explained that I wanted to hit 100 subscribers so that I could get my hands on a custom URL.
Well, thanks to you, I did it, so thank you so so much!
I’ve decided that I’m far too impatient to wait for my new studio before I start posting content and will be getting cracking on my first video in the next week or so! If you’d also like to subscribe to my channel in advance of my official launch and be one of the first to receive a notification when I post my first new video, then you can find it here.
Cake Show Showcase:
Can you believe that we are only two months away from the UK’s newest cake show – the Northern Ireland Sugar Expo or NISE?!
The inaugural event falls on the weekend of the 9-10 March 2019 and the team have been posting away on both their Facebook page and their official website to let us know what we can expect from the weekend – I am starting to get very excited!
With a whole host of awesome classes and demonstrations planned (which you can check out here), some all new competition categories (which you can check out here) and a whole lot more besides, it is looking like it will be a really fun weekend.
If you haven’t yet bought your tickets, then time is running out guys! Make sure you head over to the website today and grab your tickets for the show, and why not pick up some tickets for a class while you’re there?
I’m really looking to seeing you all and can’t wait to see what else the team have planned for us. As many of you know, I’m lucky enough to be significantly in the loop on this one and can assure you, it’ll be well worth the trip for those of you able to make it over Irish Sea.
This week I am mostly loving…
If you have yet to discover the gorgeously flawless work of Crumb Avenue by Agnes, then I can only assume that you have been living under a rock for a considerable period of time.
Agnes creates absolutely gorgeously cake topper tutorials which she sells in her Etsy shop in PDF form, with really useful templates, and these can be used to create the most wonderful adornments for your cakes.
This week, Agnes posted the link to her Superhero PDF Cake Topper tutorial, which naturally caught my eye. What I particularly love about it is that you can use the templates to make a whole host of superhero characters.
If you’re one of my readers that has been here since the beginning, then you may remember my post about how, as cake artists, it can be tempting to Buy All the Things (link)! Really, if you’re going to spend your hard-earned cash on cake decorating stuff, you want it to be something that will be useful on a whole variety of cakes. The fact that Agnes’ tutorials can be used and adapted in so many different ways, and for such a bargain price to start with, mean that her fabulous tutorials are definitely worth checking out.
You can find the Crumb Avenue by Agnes Etsy Shop right here – be sure to check it out!
The hottest ticket in town!
One cake artist who needs no introduction is the inimitably talented Emma Jayne Morris of Emma Jayne Cake Design.
Emma’s iconic work has been featured at some of the world’s leading cake shows and her larger-than-life showpieces are always the highlight of any visit to these events.
When I wrote my past last year asking about people’s dream cake class – the class that, if they could learn from any artist, who would it be and why (‘Only the curious will learn…’ – read it here), Emma Jayne’s name was one that came up again and again.
As a result, when I saw Cake Artist of the Year 2017 Emma start to release some new class dates this week, I thought you guys would probably want to be some of the first to know about them… 😉
The first of these – Emma’s iconic Rainbow Boot class – falls on 17th February 2019 and, having been invited to join this class last year at the stunning Renshaw Academy, as part of Mr Baker’s Blog on Tour, I can testify first hand to what a fabulous learning experience it is.
During the one-day class, Emma covers sculpting from both cake and rice cereal treats, working with sugarpaste, working with modelling paste, using an airbrush, hand modelling, creating textures and a whole lot more besides!
If you would like to participate in this fabulous and fun class, then check out the flyer below for all the important details you will need.
If you’d like to find out more about what you can expect from Emma’s Rainbow Boot Class, why not check out my blog post all about my day at the Renshaw Academy, right here.
I wanna make that!
Do you know, I wasn’t the only cake artist to pop up on YouTube last week…?
The previous week also saw my friend and the talent behind Cakes by Carol, Carol Smith also launch her YouTube channel and, unlike me, she has wasted no time at all in getting her first videos uploaded.
This week saw her upload a fabulous video to allow us to achieve this stunning ruched finish on our cakes, using a surprisingly simple method.
A popular technique used in wedding dress design, ruching creates a three-dimensional fabric-like look and it emphasises the contours of the form wearing it. It translates wonderfully to cake and would look brilliant at both a modern or a traditional wedding.
If you would like to check out Carol’s tutorial, you can check it out below – don’t forget to subscribe while you are there!
Meet the maker…
What is your name?
Kelly Awesome McWIlliam, Or to my friends McAwesome.
They do…? Hmmm… So, how long have you been making cakes?
I started when my daughter was about one, with birthday cakes but it was just ‘as and when’ for friends and family. I suppose I really got into it when I first entered Cake International five years ago – that is when I really started.
Hobbyist or professional?
I am just a Hobbyist. I do it because it is awesome fun and it keeps me out of mischief – well, semi-out of mischief!
What was your first cake?
My first ever cake was actually a large cigarette cake for my mother in law! My first competition cake was a Snow White cake for cake and bake in Edinburgh. Then I braved Cake International and created a Davy Jones piece!
What is your favourite of all the cakes you have made?
It would have to my Hoggle from the film, Labyrinth! I still have his head!
Who is your cake hero?
I have a fair few! But my number one would have to be Marta Hidaglo. Her work is just another level – truly amazing! I am currently planning on kidnapping her and keeping her in my spare room!
Where can we see more of your work?
Spotlight on the boys…
I just wanted to say a very quick CONGRATULATIONS to Mr Baker’s Blog favourite, Benny Rivera on his engagement.
Please join me in sending the happy couple all our love and best wishes on this next exciting phase of their journey together!
Cake of the Week!
I am always on the lookout for new (to me at least) and exciting cake talents, and that is one of my favourite things about writing Something Sweet – it allows me to reach artists from all around the world who might otherwise have passed me by.
One such artist is the super-talented Serena Marzollo of Pan di Coccole, who, this week, posted up her latest creation – a stunning interpretation of author L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.
Her beautiful cake features our most beloved characters, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and, of course, Toto, recreated in sugar and surrounding a strikingly realistic book cake.
I was quick to head over to Serena’s Facebook page to read all about her inspirations for this piece and to see more of her beautiful work and you should too! You can find it here.
Congratulations on a truly wonderful creation, Serena – I absolutely love it – and on a well-deserved cake of the week win!
I have written about this talented lady on more than one occasion, but she never fails to wow me with each and every cake that she creates!
Ana Mourinho Remigio is the powerhouse of talent behind CUPCAKES & DREAMS and a regular contributor to some of the most exquisite collaborations to adorn our social media feeds (I honestly don’t know how she manages to squeeze them all in?!).
This week, Ana caught my eye once again with a spectacularly realistic take on a Formula 1 car for a massive fan of the sport.
Speaking as someone that comes from a Formula 1-loving family, this car is ridiculously awesome and Ana’s attention to detail is second to none.
Head to Ana’s page to see even more awesome shots of this impressive creation and to check out even more of her stunning work. And if you haven’t liked her page yet (why not?!), then you know what to do…
Before we go, I just wanted to share another cake that caught my eye in the official Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes Facebook group this week.
Created by Stephanie Would of Cake Nation – Award Winning Cake Design for her son’s fifth birthday, her Jurassic World-themed cake features a stunning edible interpretation of one of the movie franchise’s most popular characters, Blue the Velociraptor.
Not only is the cake pretty darn awesome, but Stephanie has also shot a video for her YouTube channel all about how she brought Blue to life.
You can find Stephanie’s tutorial here and (say it with me now) “Don’t forget to subscribe!”
Thanks for sharing your cake – AND how you made it – with us all Stephanie!
As I’ve said a gazillion times before, Something Sweet is written for the cake community by the cake community and, as such, it relies on your submissions and contributions to work. So please do make sure that you are getting in touch each week to let me know all about 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.
Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to my new YouTube channel before you go to be one of the first to know when I post my official launch video! You can find it here – don’t forget to share it with all your #cakechums too!