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Join me for #cakershour – tonight!

Hey cake chums!

I do hope you are all doing well and that you are managing to keep yourselves busy during this period of isolation.

If you’re anything like me, then I’m sure that the days are already starting to blur together – which is the main reason that this week’s #cakershour blog is coming to you so late! I had completely forgotten that it is actually Wednesday today! I hope the rest of you are not quite so forgetful and that you’ll still be able to join me for #cakershour!

Because I know so many of you have now shut up shop and paused trading during the current government-imposed lockdown and because we are still waiting to hear official confirmation of how the government plans to support the self-employed while they are unable to work, I thought that we would keep things fairly casual this week and just have a catch up and a check in.

If nothing else, I’m sure that many of us would just appreciate the chance to engage in some adult conversation!

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For that reason, this week’s focus questions will be:

What is the current state of play with you? Are you at home with family, children or all alone?

What have you been doing to keep yourself busy over the last couple of days?

In an ideal world, is there anything that you would like to achieve during this unexpected period of ‘free’ time?

Is there anything that you would like some support with?

What are your top tips for surviving the lockdown?

I do hope that you will be able to join me for #cakershour this week over on Twitter – I’ll see you there…

 

The Twitter #cakershour is hosted by Mr Baker’s Cakes and takes place every Wednesday from 9:00pm. To find out more, check out the intro post here.

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Something Sweet – a statement…

Hey cake chums,

Something Sweet – a statement…

As you may have seen on social media yesterday, I have made the reluctant decision to temporarily suspend publication of my weekly online magazine, Something Sweet.

I am only too aware that social media is currently awash with COVID-19 related content in many forms and the negative effect that this is having on our collective mental health and wellbeing.

With the reduction in content output from bakers and cake decorators over the last week or so, due to cancellations and suchlike, I am mindful of the potential for sparsely populated issues to become yet another source of negativity, which is the sole reason for this short term suspension.

I am hoping that as people adjust to our new, temporary way of living and begin to use this time to channel their creativity into something positive, such as skill development or attempting those bucket list projects that we never usually find the time for, we will be able to resume normal services sharing and celebrating cake artists around the world once more.

It is important that we continue to pursue our passions as much as we are able over the coming weeks and months of uncertainty and I continue to be committed to my passion of bringing our cake community together and sharing all of the wonderful and amazing things that you are all doing every single day. It is truly a privilege to be able to do just something small to connect us all with our friends around the world and, with that in mind, I am keen to resume normal services as quickly as possible.

So, as always, please do continue to share what you are doing with me: the cakes and bakes you are creating for your family at home; the small acts of kindness that you are sharing with those in your immediate environment; the once ‘put off’ projects that you are now turning your attention to; and the steps you are taking to develop your skills in this unexpected period of isolation.

Our global community is going to be more important to us than ever over the next few months and, if I can be even a little bit responsible for helping to unite us during this unprecedented crisis, I will be truly honoured.

In the meantime, do stay tuned to my other online platforms – social media, the blog, our weekly Twitter #cakershour and my YouTube channel – where I will be continuing to share daily new content as normal.

And most importantly, take care of yourselves and those around you, keep following the advice we are being given and stay safe. We will get through this together.

Much love, Rob xx

PS. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing mums and other primary caregivers out there in our wonderful caking community!

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What can I do to help?

Hey cake chums,

First of all, let me say a big thank you to everyone who joined me and my guest hosts, The Cake Professionals for #cakershour over on Twitter last night. It really was a humbling experience to see just how positive people were still managing to be despite so much uncertainty in the industry.

If you missed it, you can still search the hashtag ‘#cakershour’ on Twitter and scroll through all of the tagged tweets to get all caught up. And if you have any questions, worries or concerns that were not addressed during our hour together, you can also check out The Cake Professionals’ recent blog post. They have helpfully signposted us all towards some of the most comprehensive help, guidance and advice currently on offer for professional cake businesses. Find it at this link.

Moving forward, I am keen to explore how I can continue to support my #cakechums during this period of imposed isolation, particularly following the latest news that for many children schools will be closing their doors for the time being. For that reason, I would like you to let me know, what would you find most useful from the Mr Baker’s Cakes online platforms over the next few weeks?

Feeling unsure how I can help

I am already in talks with my local schools about providing some additional child-centred video content to support parents that are having to keep their children at home. However, in regards to my regularly weekly uploads, would you prefer:

– A continuation of my usual format, with a combination of light-hearted videos, sharing simple cake decorating tutorials, product reviews and such like to take our minds off what is going on?

– Some recipes that can help you out in the short term (while there continue to be gaps on supermarket shelves), such as simple bread and pasta recipes to make at home with limited ingredients?

– An increased focus on some fun, simple recipes that you can follow along with your children, providing some additional support that you can draw on to keep them busy while they are at home with you?

– Any other ideas?

As I said during last night’s #cakershour, our online communities are going to prove so invaluable over the next few weeks and months. As a result, I am keen to ensure that, like many other amazing individuals within our communities, I am doing my bit to help and support you all during these unprecedented times.

Please do get in touch during the usual channels and I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible.

Stay safe,

Rob xx

PS. You can reach me by commenting down below, by messaging me directly through my Facebook or Instagram pages or why not send me an email.