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Happy Six Month Anniversary to Something Sweet!

Do you know, this week marks six months of Something Sweet? I can hardly believe it – it seems like only yesterday that I was putting together the first issue.

I had debated doing a bit of a celebratory special, but then someone (the other half) suggested that I should save the fanfares until we hit the one-year mark (people are always trying to ruin my fun), so I’m afraid the parade is cancelled for now…

However, we do still have lots of fabulous stuff, including an update on my highly secretive collaboration, The Greatest Showpiece and I’ve been playing with the new Sugar Clay by Sugar Street Studios.

I‘m excited to announce the general release of a new product that many of us have been looking forward to quite some time now and I profile an exciting opportunity to attend an event and learn from a multitude of incredible cakey talents.

There are lots of other amazing learning opportunities too actually, with some fabulous new classes from Immaculate Confections and not one, but two super smart tutorials that will help you take your wedding cakes to a whole new level of awesomeness.

I also introduce you to one of my favourite cake groups, I show you who immortalised me in gif form this week, we jet off to Spain briefly to check in with Cakeflix’s Paul and David and find out which member of cake royalty came visiting this week before catching up with the crew behind Peach Life, a wonderful display that is being created for this year’s Cake International show – be sure to check out which one of their incredible collaborators will be ensuring that the display is truly… animated.

Oh and of course, amongst all this we also have lots of fabulous cakes to see and admire and I choose our all-important Cake (or should I say Cakes) of the Week! Who will it be, I wonder?!

Also featuring: Cake Dutchess, Day of Dems, Hansel & Gretel de Maria M Gonzalez, Rosehip Bakery, Suzanne Esper Cakes, Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd, Cakes of Good Taste, Truly Scrumptious Cakes by Design, Little Cherry Cake Co, Motion Mapping, The BakeKing, The Great British Bake Off, Sensational Cakes and More, Kate Barmby, Cupcakes & Dreams and Sideserf Cake Studio.

Find all this and more right here in Issue 26 of Something Sweet!

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Time to grab a cuppa and enjoy the latest slice of Something Sweet…

It’s time to welcome along the latest issue of Something Sweet, my weekly online magazine with all the latest news from the world of cake.

I’ve run myself ragged this week, ticking off some of the projects from my never-ending cakey to do list, so I share some of those with you, before sharing some incredible prizes that are up for grabs in some jaw-dropping giveaways – you won’t want to miss these!

For those of you who are heading to NISE next March, the team got back in touch with some useful info about where to stay when you cross the water and we take a peek ahead to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival – you might just recognise some familiar faces.

There is a fabulous free tutorial from the Squires Kitchen Shop, I get very excited about the return of the Great British Bake Off – and my #bakealongwithGBBO, of course – and I announce my latest call to arms – and we’re talking isomalt.

The long-awaited wedding of Let’s Eat Cupcakes finally arrived and her closest friends from the world of cake came together to help her celebrate – including a showstopping cake from one of my favourite cake artists.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out this week’s Cake of the Week! I wonder if it’s one of yours…?

Also featuring: The Old Piping Bag, Cake Dutchess, Cake Masters, McGreevy Cakes, Avalon Cakes, Caking It Up, Sweet Sticks, Faye Cahill Cake Design, Hey There, Cupcake! Magnolia Kitchen, Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd, Gadget Cakes, Sweet Passion Cakery, Kaykes, Joanna Pyda Cake Studio and Calli’s Creations.

Find all this and more right here!

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It’s an honour just to be nominated…

Like many of you, this week, I have been thinking about my nominations for this year’s Cake Masters Magazine Awards.

As I explained in last week’s issue of Something Sweet, Mr Baker’s Blog is all about recognising and sharing all of the wonderful things that you are all up to in the world of sugar, so I always look forward to a chance to celebrate the brightest and best of the Cake World at the annual awards evening.

However, whereas in the last few years, I was only really familiar with my own little corner of Planet Cake, since starting my blog, I have come to know even more amazingly talented people, which is making it incredibly hard to choose just one favourite in each category – this clearly called for some thought.

You also have to complete your nominations in one go – you aren’t able to start, save and return later – so you might wish to start on paper before heading to the nominations page.

The categories for this year’s awards are

  • Cupcake Award Nomination
  • Sculpted Cake Award Nomination – Sponsored by Renshaw Academy
  • Best Cookie Award Nomination
  • Royal Icing Award Nomination
  • Wedding Cake Award Nomination – Sponsored by Renshaw
  • Sugar Flowers Award Nomination – Sponsored by Squires Kitchen
  • Modelling Excellence Award Nomination
  • Rising Star Award Nomination
  • Best Product 2018 Award Nomination – Sponsored by Cake International
  • Collaboration Cake Award Nomination
  • Best Magazine Cover Award Nomination
  • Best Learning Experience Award Nomination
  • Best Show Piece Award Nomination – Sponsored by Roxy & Rich
  • Cake Hero Award Nomination
  • Best Cake Show
  • Best Retailer Award Nomination – Sponsored by Rainbow Dust
  • Cake Artist of the Year Award Nomination – Sponsored by The Cake Decorating Company

The theme for my nominations this year has been to recognise up-and-coming talents – those that I haven’t seen recognised at the awards previously – and while I have no intention of sharing my picks here (let’s not open that can of worms), I’ll be crossing my fingers that at least some of them make it into the finalist line up.

I only wish that we could celebrate all of the incredible talents out there in the cake world, but I think Natalie Portman summed things up nicely in a Vogue interview a few years ago…

‘I think it’s a great honour to win an Oscar but I think if you aim to be rewarded in your life you’ll get nowhere. I think that the biggest reward is the work itself and what you get out of it and the connections you make with other people.’

If you would like to nominate your favourite cake talents, then you can head to the nominations page right now, by clicking this link.

And good luck to you all…! x