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It’s time for another slice of Something Sweet…

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Blog and another issue of Something Sweet – the online magazine that brings you all the latest news from the world of cake.

I don’t know about where you are, but it’s been a quiet week over at Mr Baker’s Blog and, dare I say it, on planet cake too?

As a result, Something Sweet is a little bit shorter this week, but I hope you’ll agree that it’s still chock full of fabulousness.

Oh, and that’s not to say that I haven’t been busy beavering away on lots of lovely content for you guys (keep an eye on the blog this week to see what I mean) and I’m sure the same is true of all of you. So, I’ll reiterate what I said last week – make sure you keep sending your news my way to ensure I don’t miss anything, mmmkay?

In this week’s issue, we check out the latest product to hit the market from my buddies at Renshaw, we check out a fantastic Christmas offer from The Sugar Lair and there’s a wonderful new tutorial from Zoe Burmester over at Sugar Street Studios.

In our community features, there is a gorgeous collaboration from some of the wonderful members of Bakerswood, we meet another lovely talent in ‘Meet the maker…’ and, of course, we crown this week’s Cake of the Week winner!

Also featured: Georgia’s Cakes, Cakes & Decorations by Alessio e Anna, Stardust Cupcakes, Lara Mason Cake Art, Peboryon, Yener’s Way, Lumas Cakes, Mariya’s Cakes and Art, Albenas Cake Design, Ceri the Cake and Cupcakes& Dreams.

Check out all this and more in issue 41 of Something Sweet, from Mr Baker’s Blog.

Find it at this link.

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December is here and so is your weekly slice of all your cake news…!

Hey hey hey, Cake Chums! Welcome to another fully loaded issue of Something Sweet, your weekly slice of all the latest news from the world of cake.

In fact, fully loaded doesn’t even begin to come close to describing just how chock full of awesome this week’s issue is. We have an exclusive first look at the latest innovation to come out of Magic Colours HQ (including a very special opportunity for one of you), I preview the new classes from Tracey’s Cakes, perfect for anyone who is looking to start painting on cakes, and we check out the stunning collaboration hosted by Ana Ferreira of Anna Sugar Art Boutique.

We also take a lil’ look at the latest episode of the Eat the Evidence podcast from Kimberly Chapman (which I was delighted to contribute to) and in which we are talking counterfeit cake products. Cake International want to hear from you ahead of Cake International on Tour in April 2019 and we find out how one of the stars of Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers is spoiling us with an advent calendar with a difference.

And in our community features, we meet yet another super awesome cake talent in this week’s Meet the Maker, Cara Maiden of the Polkadot Teapot has a very special personal message for one our favourite cake talents and, of course, we find out which magical confection scooped this week’s Cake of the Week

Also featuring: The Cake Collective, The Chocolate Strawberry, Suzanne Thorp at The Frostery, MADL Creations, Julie’s Cake in a Box and Roses and Bows Cakery.

Head to this link to find all this and more in issue 40 of Something Sweet.

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Exclusive Preview: Something Sparkly This Way Comes…

Hello cake chums. I do hope you have had a fabulous week?

As December fast approaches, like many of you, I’m hard at work prepping for my Christmas bakes, recipes, tutorials and charity fundraisers, which is keeping me fairly busy, but I couldn’t stay offline for long – not when there is another issue of Something Sweet to research!

I wanted to touch base today though, because I have to tell you all about something exciting that I was playing with this week, while whipping up some tasty cupcakes for one of my work colleague’s birthdays.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lihi Rosenberg of Magic Colours at Cake International earlier this month and she got to telling me about a new product that they have in development over there at Magic Colours HQ.

The Magic Colours Disco Dust: 100% Yes Edible Cake Glitter.

I’m sure we are all familiar with non-edible, non-toxic, food contact glitters and I am pretty confident that I am not the only one who inadvertently sprinkled such products liberally all over my edible confections before realising my mistake back in the early days of my caking adventures (not helped of course, by companies that weren’t always entirely honest about their products) and plenty of others are still making those mistakes to this day. Check out the ‘Glitter Cappuccino Is The Most Extra Drink’ video that went viral last year as a case in point…

However, Lihi and the Magic Colours team have been beavering away for FOUR YEARS now, trying to perfect a 100% edible glitter that lives up to the sparkle and shine (lil’ Nativity reference there) promised by its name.

Obviously, other brands have tried to master edible glitters in the past, however I don’t know about you, but I have always been left feeling disappointed – coloured sugar ISN’T glitter! That’s why I was super excited when Lihi asked if I would like to have a play with their as-yet-unreleased new formula.

Having left it on my development shelf (yes, I have a whole shelf of products just sat waiting for their chance to be reviewed) for pretty much the whole of November, I decided that the gold Disco Dust would be the perfect finishing touch for some delicious salted caramel cupcakes (filled with a deliciously gooey caramel centre) for my colleague’s birthday.

To glitterise my cupcakes, it was as simple as delicately tapping a sprinkling of glitter on to each one using the handle of a teaspoon. I also used the glitter to to add a lil’ sparkle to the salted caramel truffles that adorned the cupcakes too.

I’ll be honest with you guys, it went EVERYWHERE – the flakes are super fine, so you do need to hold your breath while you are using it – but it sparkles just like real glitter and the morning after my cupcakes were finished, it was still perfectly intact and sparkling! It hadn’t dissolved into the buttercream like some edible glitters I could mention…

In fact, having also experimented with homemade edible glitters in the past, I was completely delighted to discover that it wasn’t water soluble, like many of the recipes you can find online for edible glitter. The possibilities are going to be endless for this stuff!

The birthday girl (who is a bit of a caker herself actually) was thrilled with her glamorously glittery cupcakes and I know that she, like many of you, is now desperate to get her hands on some Magic Colours edible glitter of her very own.

I reached out to Lihi to find out when we can expect to see it on sale and she told me that they are hoping to have it in stores in time for Christmas, but if not, then definitely by the start of 2019.

I did also flag up that the name disco dust could cause some confusion, what with the existing products on the market, which are most definitely not edible – and it seems I am not the only person who has made that observation. However, Lihi assured me that the name is just a working title – they definitely don’t want people to be mixing their new innovation up with existing products.

However, Lihi has had the BEST idea!

How would YOU like to be the one who gets to name the newest and most exciting innovation in sugarcraft?

Yes, that’s right – get your thinking caps on, because Mr Baker’s Blog and Magic Colours will be teaming up to run a VERY exciting competition to find the perfect name for their gorgeously sparkly edible glitter.

Give us a day or two to finalise all the details and then I will be back to let you know how you can enter and, more importantly, what you could WIN!

I can’t wait!

 

Oh, and before you go, I also need to announce the winner of my CAKE LIVE Demonstration Day Goodie Bag Giveaway! In the original post, I asked you to get in touch and tell me who would be your dream demonstrator. If you could spend a day learning from any cake artist, who would it be and why? Thank you to everyone who joined in, posting their answers in the comments below the post.

I chucked all of your names in a pot and chose two winners at random and I am delighted to announce that the lucky winners of the goodie bags are…

*drumroll*

Xenia Robeson and Jayne Machin, who, in spite of being chosen randomly, both said that they would love to spend the day learning from my #cakebro, the uber talented Ben Cullen of The BakeKing. So there you go, FMM Sugarcraft – make it happen!! 😉

Congratulations ladies! If you could get in touch please, I will get your goodie bags out to you.