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As I have mentioned previously, Mr Baker’s Blog celebrated its first anniversary in August, meaning that this coming weekend sees my second Cake International as a cake blogger – but probably the first where people are actually reading my blog… 😉

I am truly grateful for all the support that you have all shown me over the last year (and a bit) and so, with Cake International fast approaching, I wanted to do something to thank and reward all of the wonderful #cakechums that have made Mr Baker’s Blog such a success.

As a result, as I teased in the latest issue of Something Sweet, I feel like it is time for my BIGGEST EVER SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY!

During the last 15 months, I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people, organisations and brands, the majority of which will be at Cake International this weekend. I have reached out to them and asked if they would be prepared to contribute a lil’ something to a rather awesome prize hamper – and they all said yes!

As a result, I will be skipping merrily around the show collecting a whole host of prizes from some of my absolute favourites, like Renshaw, Cake Dutchess, The Celtic Cakers, The Old Piping Bag, Evil Cake Genius, Cake Masters Magazine, Cakes by Carol, dragéekíss®, Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine and even more besides…

‘But what do I have to do to get my hands on this amazing prize?!’ I hear you ask…

Well, first of all, as it is a SUBSCRIBER giveaway, you will need to ensure that you have subscribed to Mr Baker’s Blog – to do that, you need to find the box in the tool bar on the right (or at the base of the page if on mobile) and enter your email address. I will then send you a confirmation email, which you will need to accept.

But then comes the fun bit. To win, you will need to track down one of my new flyers at Cake International and take a selfie with it, uploading it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, with the hashtags #mrbakersblog and #imacakechum.

But what if you aren’t able to go to Cake International this year? Well don’t panic, you can still enter – you just need to get a little more creative. You will need a Mr Baker substitute – maybe a drawing of me (the more terrible the better), my website on a screen in the background, somebody who looks a bit like me – in fact, ANY reference to Mr Baker’s blog! And then, just like above, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, with the captions #mrbakersblog and #imacakechum.

Next week, I will get an impartial third party to choose their favourite selfie and that person will win the entire prize hamper, which will be posted out the following weekend!

Because I am still stinging from the time I had to spend nearly £100 shipping a prize to the US (ouch!), I’m afraid that this one will have to be a UK giveaway only (sorry to my international #cakechums)

If you ARE at Cake International and would like to know where you can find my flyers, there will be piles on the Cake Dutchess stand, the Cakes by Carol and The Old Piping Bag stand and anywhere else that I can strategically stash a few.

I will also have a stack of them on me at all times, so you can always just grab me and ask for one – in fact, my impartial judge may even mark more highly if I am in your selfie too…? Who knows…

If you fancy catching me at Cake International in person, you will be able to find me over at stand F14 – with the Cake Dutchess herself, Etty van Urk on the Friday, where I will be taking part in an awesome Live Build with the super-talented  Corinna Maguire of Lovin’ from the Oven, Janette MacPherson of Janette MacPherson Cake Craft, Kylie Mangles of Letterpress Bakery, Kelly McWilliam of Kelly McWilliam – Cake Artist and Zoe Hopkinson of Zoe’s Fancy Cakes, as well as a whole host of Cake Dutchess Instructors.

On Saturday, I will be demoing the newest addition of the Grumpy Pug series, Christmas, on stand C28, with Carol Smith of Cakes by Carol and Rachel Wyatt-Brown of The Old Piping Bag – swing by between 11:00am and 12:30am to see me in action!

Over the rest of the weekend, you will likely find me mooching around the show and trying not to spend money on even more cake gear – and probably failing miserably – so do come and say hi!

But until then, I guess I’d better get back to my ‘to do’ list – otherwise I won’t have anything to bring…

See you Friday! x

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Five sleeps! FIVE SLEEPS!

Like for many of you I’m sure, it continues to be a crazily busy time here at Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes HQ as we count down to the WORLD’S BIGGEST CAKE SHOW, Cake International for its 25th anniversary celebration, but with so much going on across the three days of the show, it can be incredibly easy to miss something.

I thought I would see what I could do to help with that and to that end, in this week’s issue, The Cake International Preview Special, I am happy to present the Mr Baker’s Blog guide to the perfect Cake International weekend…

In this issue, find out about some of the incredible installations that will be there to surprise and delight us, such as the suspended trapeze artist by Emma Jayne Cake Design and the Peach Life Collaboration, hear about some awesome live builds from brands like Renshaw, Cake Dutchess and the Celtic Cakers team and hear about some of the special offers and deals available from your favourite brands.

Featuring: Cake Masters Magazine, Sweet Success Sugarcraft, Peboryon, The Frostery, The BakeKing, Clairella Cakes, Dragons & Daffodils Cakes, Lara Mason Cake Art, Kaykes, Totally Sugar, Have Some Cake, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, Lovin’ from the Oven, Janette MacPherson Cake Craft, Letterpress Bakery, Kelly McWilliam – Cake Artist, Zoe’s Fancy Cakes, Faye Cahill Cake Design, Valentina’s Sugarland, dragéekíss®, Daniel Diéguez, Magic Colours, Dinkydoodle Designs by Dawn Butler, Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine, The British Sugarcraft Guild, Karen Davies Sugarcraft, Renshaw, Katy Sue Designs, Nicholas Lodge, Innovative Sugarworks, Sweet Creations, Crafty Designs, Evil Cake Genius, The Old Piping Bag, Cakes by Carol, Saracino and Sugar Canvas.

Oh, and don’t worry, just because it’s a preview special, doesn’t mean that we don’t have a Cake of the Week!

Head to this link to read more and start planning your visit to Cake International 2018 – the 25th anniversary edition!

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Peach Life: The Road to Cake International…

Have you ever wondered what goes into producing the larger than life displays at your favourite cake shows? Maybe you have wanted to take part in one, or even just been intrigued how people from all over the country – or even the world – are able to coordinate their efforts to bring something like that to life?

Having produced my own collaboration (The Greatest Showpiece – did you see it?) for the first time earlier this year, it certainly blew my mind just how involved these things can be, so I thought it would be rather interesting to go behind the scenes of one of this year’s most anticipated collaboration displays at Cake International and follow the Peach Life team as they count down to the show…

Inspired by the stories of Roald Dahl, Peach Life is a collaboration of incredible international artists, who will be coming together to bring a host of everyone’s favourite author’s best loved characters to life in sugar and cake.

Let’s check out some carefully-cropped teaser images of what we can expect from the display and meet some of the team…

Stephanie Would (Organiser):

After my first visit to CI, I was inspired by everyone’s collaborative work but I had no idea how to get involved. I’ve always loved to read, a passion which started when I was young and Roald Dahl was always my all-time favourite. I contacted Melanie from Cake International about the possibility of putting together a collaboration table and contacted Roald Dahl’s PR team to see if I could get copyright release. Luckily, they loved the idea and, with copyright secured, Melanie bumped us up from collaboration table to a ‘featured space’ at Cake International!

SIDE NOTE: Whilst working on this project, Stephanie decided that she wanted to try and make collaborations more accessible to everybody and, as a result, ‘SugarSouls’ was born. If you would like to know more about that, you can contact Stephanie via her Facebook page – Cake Nation.

We have some absolutely fabulous artists on board who have been working hard to produce a feature that will take you on a journey through Roald Dahl’s imagination, so be sure to come and visit us on stand F28 at Cake International 2018.

Anna Taylor Dillon:

What can I actually say about being asked to do a contribution to celebrate a legend and his books? My first thought was ‘Eeeek!!!! Have you got the right person?’

I really do feel that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that doesn’t come along every day, so of course I accepted – how could I not?! I get to work alongside some of the most amazing cake artists in the world and recreate one of my favourite books in sugar!

The piece that I’m doing is very well known and a bit of a character. Because they are so recognisable, it was essential that I brought their personality to life through their facial expression and the sense of movement and I can’t wait for you to see them at the show!

Zee Chik:

I was so delighted to be asked to contribute to the Roald Dahl Collaboration as I have always loved the story of Matilda by Roald Dahl – in fact, I always love a fantasy story with a happy ending.

The book I am recreating for Peach Life has been adapted into both a movie and a stage play.  The positions of the figurines in my piece are based on a scene in both the book and the stage play. They are made from a polystyrene and wood structure, decorated with sugar modelling paste.

Nicola Bradshaw:

I grew up with Roald Dahl’s books and have been a bookworm ever since. My mum always used to say that I was only happy if I had a book in my hand and was stroking the cat. My favourite was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but they are all amazing.

The character that I was given was a bit of a surprise, but I literally screamed with excitement. He is very much based on the book’s description of him, with a little of my own scrambled thoughts thrown in for good measure. It was essential that he had a warm and kind face and hopefully I have achieved that.

Jennifer Lofthouse:

I am thrilled to be a part of Peach Life. I chose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as my inspiration – after all, what child wouldn’t want to visit a magical chocolate factory?

Gemma French:

I was extremely proud and honoured to have been asked to participate in the huge Roald Dahl Feature at Cake International this year! Be a PEACH and check it out!

Adriana Rivera:

When Stephanie asked me to participate in this beautiful collaboration celebrating Roald Dahl, I could not believe it. I think I reread her message several times and sat with my mouth open for a good few hours! It really is an honour to be part of this impressive team – they all have incredible talent.

Since I will be bringing my pieces by plane, we decided that I would make several small characters, and pray that they arrive safely! I have used Renshaw’s Modelling Paste and Rainbow Dust gel colours to bring my characters to life, over a wire armature and they each have a very different personality.

My favourite Roald Dahl book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – who wouldn’t like to find a golden ticket and have an incredible experience – especially in a chocolate factory?

Peach Life will be appearing in all its glory at this year’s 25th anniversary Cake International event at the NEC, Birmingham and will feature the amazing sugar skills of a whole host of crazily talented people – many of whom you will recognise. To check it out, you can grab your tickets to this year’s show, which runs from 2-4 November 2018, at the Cake International website – click this link to head there now.

Oh, and I have intentionally not matched up people’s pieces to their bios – I’ve got to keep the air of mystery going until the show opens…! 😉