Issue 21 is here and besides the never-ending heat, it would seem that cake shows are the hottest topics of the week, with a preview of Cake International’s Cake Off 2018 and a chance to meet the teams AND I have the latest news from both the Welsh National Cake Show and the Northern Ireland Sugar Expo – NISE.
Don’t forget to check out the delicious recipe for ‘Lemon Brownies’ – intrigued? I know I was…
And we visit with some of our favourite cake artists to see what they have been up to this week and I have a bit of a call to arms for you all.
It’s been a big week at school AND a big week in cake this week so I have rather neglected you again.
At school we have been having our transition days – the days when we all move to our new classrooms and meet the children that will be joining us in September – which is always exciting! Luckily, I’m staying where I am this year, so hopefully I won’t have quite so much to do during the holidays to prepare for next year, which means lots of free time for fun cake-related shenanigans!
Which brings me to this week in the cake room, where I was working on a cake for a friend of mine. I was tasked by our mutual friend of creating something with the interesting theme of… seafood sticks. Yes, really.
Battling the elements, I whipped up one of my signature original-recipe chocolate mud cakes with milk chocolate ganache (and FINALLY having a fridge big enough to store cakes while I’m working on them was a real lifesaver this week, I can tell you!). Due to the heat, the final didn’t turn out quite as polished as I’d hoped, but I got it done and my friend loved it, so that’s the important thing.
The heat has also been having an impact on some of my older pieces that I still have on display. Santa seems to have finally given up the ghost and I am watching my Nadine bust like a hawk. Is anyone else having to deal with such sugar fatalities?
Rather excitingly, I was also working hard on a rather exciting project that I am in the process of putting together. It’s all a bit secretive at the moment, but I will hopefully be sharing a little bit more about it next week over at my other blogging home – Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd. I’ll let you know when I can tell you more!
But in the meantime, how has your week been? Are you still coping with the heat? I’d love to hear what you’ve been working on.
Oh, and don’t forget to let me know what has been happening in your corner of the sugar world for this week’s Something Sweet!
Every single summer, without fail, this meme appears.
And every single summer, it remains as true as ever.
But do you know what? If you are reading this, then it means that you have faced one of the trickiest issues a caker can deal with and you have survived. I want you to just take a minute and feel proud. I bet there were times this week when it seemed impossible to get your cakes finished, but you did it! Go you!
And now, down to business and welcome to Issue 20 of Something Sweet – your weekly slice of all the latest news from the world of sugar and cake art, where you’ll find some top tips on caking in the heat from Harriet Childs of CakeyCake.
You’ll also find a fabulous learning opportunity from Lovin’ from the Oven with Corinna Maguire, a tasty looking recipe from Good Housekeeping, two wonderful collaborations, the latest insane make from Sideserf Cake Studio and, of course, this week’s Cake of the Week.
I also shine my spotlight on my of my favourite less-known cakers – you NEED to be following this guy!