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ROAD TRIP!!!

I posted my first blog post on the 21st August 2017 and when I posted it, I wasn’t entirely sure that anyone would ever want to read my ramblings. I guess that’s a risk we all take when we start something new.

Luckily, after only a few days, I was ready to jump straight into a really exciting week of blogging, thanks to the return of The Great British Bake Off and a secret invitation to appear on the first episode of the new series of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice!

Yup, this time last year, I was hard at work creating an ‘illusion cake’ worthy of appearing on national television. No pressure – eh? Incidentally, you can read all about that here, if you’d like!

I almost can’t believe that we are already a year down the line (check out the new background for some of the year’s highlights, by the way!) and luckily the stakes aren’t quite so high for my current project. The impact on my bank account and my car’s mileage are another matter though!

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 all came about because of my super-secret collaboration project – hopefully you have already read all about that 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 the Fabricake website to read about it) and I now need to go and collect their contributions from them.

I head off next Thursday – the 23rd (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.

Photo: Paul Heyes

I loved following the coverage of the event last year, so I am thrilled that I will be able to make it along in person this year. It’d also be great to snag a selfie with everyone’s favourite GBBO winner, Nadiya Hussain, if she’s reading this? Nadiya? *tumbleweed…*

Anywaaaaaay, I’m also hoping to check in with some of my other local cakey chums while I’m in the local area too, so if you’re close to Bolton and would like a visit to your shopfront, class or event – and a shout out in the blog of course – then be sure to get in touch!

Once the festival wraps up, I’ll be heading east and paying some of our favourite Yorkshire-based cakers a visit, collecting a few more bits and pieces for the collab and, hopefully, gate-crashing some more cake-related events, before I then head up to Scotland for a couple of days. Yes, Scottish cakers, I’m coming for you next!!

After that, I’ll be trundling back down the country and I’ve been invited to stop in at the Renshaw Academy in Liverpool – which is another place that I have been dying to visit – so I’m really looking forward to that! I might even be taking in a cheeky lil’ class with the legendary Emma Jayne while I’m there too…

Then it’s on to Birmingham, Nuneaton, Wokingham, Baskingstoke and then, finally, home to my own bed (and my precious kitties)! So yeah, a busy few days – but hopefully super exciting!

I feel like it needs a really goofy nickname though, right? Like Mr Baker’s Blog on Tour?

If you want to follow along with my adventures as I road trip the UK – well some of it at least, sorry Wales, I’ll get you next time – then be sure to hit the subscribe button on the right before you go! You’ll also need to hit confirm in the email I’ll send you too.

Oh, and if there are any haunts that you think I should check out while I’m in your neck of the woods, then be sure to let me know via the usual channels…

I guess I’d better get packing! x

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