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It’s Sunday and we’re celebrating!

Morning folks!

It’s time for another issue of Something Sweet and this week we’re celebrating!

Why? Well, it’s only Something Sweet’s first birthday!

Yes, if you can believe it, we have been enjoying celebrating all of the amazing things happening in the world of cake for a whole year! We have seen some incredible creations, shared some wonderful experiences and given away lots of super awesome cake goodies to you all too!

Now, in light of the fact that we have shared a whole year of cake related fun right here on Mr Baker’s Blog, I figured it was only right that we mark the occasion with yet ANOTHER super awesome giveaway, this time courtesy of my buddies over at Renshaw and Rainbow Dust! Make sure you read all the way to the end of this week’s issue to find out how you can win an awesome hamper of Renshaw and Rainbow Dust goodies!

This week’s issue is a bumper stuffed affair, with not one, not two, but three collaborations, we check out the latest news from the Northern Ireland Sugar Expo (not long to go now!) and we cast an eye over last weekend’s Welsh National Cake Show.

We’re previewing a stunning class from the gorgeous Margherita Ferrara, we’re meeting another talented ‘maker’ and of course, we finding out who has scooped this week’s Cake of the Week!

Also featuring: Dragons and Daffodils Cakes by Rhianydd Webb, Happy Occasions Cakes, The Polkadot Teapot, Immaculate Confections, Sweet Creations, Molly’s Creative Cakes, Putty Cakes, Lion’s Cakes – Pedro León, Un Cupcake, l’Addition, Rosie Cake-Diva, Suzanne Thorp at The Frostery, Lovin’ from the Oven by Corinna Maguire, Novel-T Cakes, Purple Feather Cake Design, Fashflower’s Cake, Pharoah’s Tomb, SugarJunkies, The World Cancer Day Sugarflowers and Cakes in Bloom, Catalina Anghel azúcar’arte and The Chain Lane Cake Co.

Find all this and more in issue 50 of Something Sweet: The Birthday Issue!

Click this link to read it now!

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New Tutorial: My Wood Effect Cake Board

One of the best tips I can give you to help you take your cakes to the next level is to cover your cake boards.

I’m sure you have noticed that many of the professional cakes that you have admired from afar all feature a thin coat of sugar paste, but why stop there?

When I am creating a new cake design, the board and its covering always factor into the decision-making process and a well-covered, textured and decorated board will almost always feature.

One of my absolute favourite ways to finish my boards is to use a realistic woodgrain texture, and a quick scroll through my portfolio (hit the link at the top of the page to find your way there) will reveal that this is by far the most common trick I use to bring both my sculpted cakes and even the odd wedding cake to life!

Of course, you can buy embossing pins, stamps, mats and moulds to help you achieve a wood grain texture, but I have found that I get much more realistic results doing this by hand and all you need are a humble dresden tool and a basic edge scraper or even a ruler. It really is that simple!

For this month’s free tutorial, I thought I would let you in on the secret of my favourite cake board effect and show you how I used just a few humble tools and my trusty Clairella Cakes airbrush kit to create the boards that have supported some of my favourite cake creations.

To create my Wood Effect Cake Board, you can check out the full tutorial here.

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New Recipe: Cheat’s Birthday Cake

Do you wish you could whip up a show-stopping cake for that special birthday, but have no idea where to start?

As cake trends evolve and cakes grow taller and more complex, it can be somewhat daunting for the beginner to know where to start, when it comes to baking that special person in your life a fabulous birthday cake.

Obviously, I have more complex recipes and tutorials on my website, but whenever I talk cake with my non-cakey friends – or muggles as some of us in the cake world like to call them – I hear a lot of, ‘Oh, I could never do that!’, ‘I don’t have the time’ or the classic, ‘I wouldn’t know where to start…’

With that in mind, I decided that my latest ‘recipe’ (although one can barely call it that) would be the ultimate cheat’s guide to creating a beautiful and trendy birthday cake, whilst considering every possible shortcut to allow you to achieve a cake that you can be proud of, without all of the stress that goes into learning to bake the ‘proper’ way.

Everything I used in this recipe was obtained from my local supermarket at the weekend, to ensure that I didn’t use any specialist ingredients or tools that you can’t easily buy as part of your weekly shop and I think the results speak for themselves.

With just some lemon-flavoured boxed cake mixes, a few ready-made finishing touches and a couple of fresh ingredients, you will be able to create this beautiful birthday cake that will put a smile on anyone’s face.

Who knows though. You might just pick up a couple of tips along the way that will give you the confidence to tackle something slightly more complex next time.

My Cheat’s Birthday Cake is the perfect starter recipe for anyone who dreams of being able to make modern, beautiful cakes, but is lacking the confidence to give it a go.

Head to the recipes tab to check it out now!