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Welcome back to another helping of Something Sweet…

Hey y’all! Happy Sunday once again and welcome back to Something Sweet – your weekly slice of the latest news from the world of cake.

Before we get cracking previewing this week’s issue, I wonder if you will indulge me for a moment. This week, I discovered that Mr Baker’s Blog has been shortlisted for the UK Blog Awards!

I think they struggled to know where to place me – I mean, I don’t exactly follow a standard format do I? Larger-than-life projects, quirky recipes, cake tutorials, interviews, event coverage, class previews, product reviews and whatever else I can squeeze in..?

However, the powers that be have decided that ‘Best Culinary Blog’ category was the best fit.

If I am to proceed to the finalist stage, it is now down to your votes. So, pardon the cringe-factor for a moment, but if you enjoy reading Mr Baker’s Blog and feel like you would like to give me your vote, then you can find the voting form at this link.

Handy hint: I am on the second page of the culinary blogs.

While you’re there, you can also vote for your favourite blogs in all of the other categories if you wish, but don’t feel you have to.

Thank you and thanks for your ongoing support!

And now back to our regularly timetabled features… 😉 It’s been a quiet week on Mr Baker’s Blog this week and it seems like it has also been a somewhat quiet week on planet cake too.

However, there was one big excitement, with the launch of the new look Pretty Witty Cakes from Suzy Witt – naturally, I got in touch and asked her to tell us all about it.

We also have two adorable wintery cake toppers from Cake Dutchess and Xenia’s Cake Creations for you use to decorate your Christmas cakes this year, two ridiculously stunning collaborations and a showstopping creation from Janette MacPherson Cake Craft.

Oh, and we crown this week’s Cake of the Week, of course!

Also featuring: Birthday Mischief, Mitchie’s Munchies, Incredible India, Global Sugar Artist Network, Tina Scott Parashar and My Little Bakery.

Do make sure you scroll right to the end too – I am after some feedback from you all!

You can head to issue 38 of Something Sweet by clicking this link.

Enjoy!

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Who needs a cure for the post-CI blues?

So, come on then… Who has the post-CI blues?

If I’m honest, I think they mostly passed me by this year, but I’m wondering if that is because, unlike in previous years when I just went back to work – usually with a bit of a #cakebreak to recover – my life is still very cake-centric, thanks to Mr Baker’s Blog. Hopefully, it is providing a little bit of a crutch to all of you too.

I do think that my body has decided to punish me for burning the candle at both ends of late though – once I had finally managed to catch up on all of the sleep I missed in the run up to the show, it decided the time was right for a particularly nasty dose of man flu. I’m powering through naturally (with only the smallest amount of whining – sorry, work colleagues), but I have decided to postpone one or two of my upcoming features until later in the month and actually sleep for once.

However, that doesn’t mean that I am not looking forward to my upcoming cake-filled weekend and, for those that are still missing some cakey fun, I may have a bit of a solution.

This weekend sees Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft Magazine and FMM Sugarcraft uniting to lay on their first ever CAKE Live Demonstration Day – a full day of sugarcraft demonstrations – on Saturday 17th November 2018 at the stunning Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre, near Droitwich Spa.

The magazine and FMM Sugarcraft have joined forces to bring us a must-have masterclass in cake decorating! Not only will we learn some invaluable skills to take home, but we’ll also get first-hand access to the tricks of the trade from fabulous talents like Cassie Brown, Carol Haycox and Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft Magazine editor, Leeanne Cooper.

Included in the day are:

  • Four up-close and personal demonstrations with two great cake decorating specialists, during which we will be able to ask all those burning cakey questions
  • A must-have exclusive goody bag full of handy products – including three you can choose ourselves
  • 10 golden tickets for the chance to win Cassie Brown’s fabulous new book The Kew Book of Sugar Flowers, in association with the prestigious Kew Gardens (I have this and it is STUNNING)
  • Be the first to know about FMM Sugarcraft’s BRAND NEW product, launching on the day
  • Money off Cassie’s new book for those who weren’t lucky enough to find a golden ticket
  • 50% off all FMM Sugarcraft products at the event
  • See how to make the most of our FMM Sugarcraft products first-hand
  • A FREE copy of the latest issue of Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft magazine
  • A tasty hot or cold buffet lunch as well as hot drinks and snacks throughout the day
  • Enjoy stunning grounds and a relaxed atmosphere at Chateau Impney in Droitwich Spa

On top of this, we will also learn all sorts of desirable techniques from Carol and Cassie, such as:

  • Preparing the sponge correctly to get great results with buttercream
  • Making wired and non-wired flowers
  • Creating floral arrangements and tropical leaves
  • Using support dowels to stack multi-tiered cakes securely on a cake board
  • Adding colour and texture correctly for a modern look
  • Achieving a smooth and professional cake finish

If this sounds like the sort of day out that could help your post-CI come down then you need to head over to the Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine Facebook page where you can find more information.

I hope I’ll get to see some of you there!

 

Oh, and while you’re here, I learned yesterday that Mr Baker’s Blog has been shortlisted for the UK Blog Awards!

I think they struggled to know where to place me – I mean, it’s not the most common format is it? Larger than life projects, recipes, cake tutorials, interviews, event coverage, class previews, product reviews and whatever else I can squeeze in..?

However, the powers that be have decided that the Best Culinary Blog category was the best fit.

To proceed to the finalist stage, it is now down to your votes, so if you enjoy reading Mr Baker’s Blog and feel like you would like to give me your vote, then you can find the voting form at this link – handy hint: I am on the second page of the culinary blogs.

While you’re there, you can also vote for your favourite blogs in all of the other categories if you want to, but you don’t have to.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

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Introducing Something Sweet – the Cake International Special!

After the whirlwind of excitement that was Cake International 2018, the 25th Anniversary edition last weekend, I was straight back to the coal face – in that I was back at my desk in my classroom at 7am on Monday morning and wondering how I could best begin to share the awesome experience of the weekend.

I’ll admit that I was a little bit intimidated – how do you squeeze three amazing days chock full of awesomeness into only one blog post?! So rather than panic about it, I decided to tell you all about my highlights of the weekend and I hope that you will get involved and comment and share your own best bits too. After all, I couldn’t be everywhere at the weekend and I am sure that I missed loads of amazing stuff!

Of course, just because this is the Cake International Special, doesn’t mean that the cake world ground to a halt this week, so we’ll also be checking out what else has been going on over the last seven days on planet cake, including a real showstopping cake from Rosie Cake-Diva, some all-important dates for your spring diary, a surprise appearance from one of our favourite cakers on Disney Junior this week and a wonderful collaboration that I was delighted to be a part of.

We’ll also be crowning this week’s Cake of the Week winner, of course.

Featuring… Oh, pretty much everyone!

Click this link to read issue 37 of Something Sweet: The Cake International Special…