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Introducing The Great British Bakealong 2020!

Hey Cake Chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog!

The Great British Bake Off is BACK and you know what that means… my weekly bakealong challenge is back too!

Long time followers will know that for the last five years (I think…?), I have been baking along with the talented amateur bakers of The Great British Bake Off and 2020 is no different… Introducing The Great British Bakealong 2020 – every week for the next ten weeks, I will be attempting to bake along with the bakers in the tent – and this year, I AM switching things up!

Rather than exclusively baking along with the Technical Challenges like in the last few years, in 2020, YOU will get to decide which challenges I take on!

In this week’s first episode, the vote was overwhelmingly in favour of the Signature Challenge, so, in today’s video, I will be attempting to create my very own original Battenberg Cake recipe.

I’ll warn you, as I’m introducing the challenge – as well as baking two cakes, whipping up a batch of ganache AND making from scratch – this week’s episode is a little longer than the norm, but hopefully they won’t all be quite so feature length… 😉

Check out episode one of The Great British Bakealong below and be sure to let me know what you think of my bake.

If you want to ensure you don’t miss a future episode of The Great British Bakealong, be sure to head over to YouTube and hit that big red subscribe button! And if you decide to have a go at one of this week’s challenges, be sure to tag me on social media so I can come and check out your bakes…

But, until next week guys… happy caking!

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Introducing… the Kenwood Kids Club!

Hey cake chums,

Apologies once again for neglecting you of late, but hopefully the following announcement will explain why…

I am super thrilled to finally be able to tell you that I am joining #TeamKenwood as the host of their brand new weekly cooking show, the Kenwood Kids Club!

As you know, during lockdown, alongside my own weekly Mr Baker’s Cake School videos, I was also filming a monthly live baking demonstration over on the Kenwood Facebook page. Well, during our…. ‘conversations’, the team at Kenwood and I realised that we share a very real passion: encouraging and inspiring the next generation of junior cooks, chefs and bakers to get creative in the kitchen!

After lots of discussions, Zoom meetings, socially distanced in-person meetings, phone calls and even more besides, the Kenwood Kids Club was born!

Designed to be a fully immersive and interactive experience for our young cooks, chefs and bakers, the Kenwood Kids Club will include weekly live cooking and baking demonstrations over on our brand new YouTube channel, as well as a whole host of other activities, competitions and more at our new website, which you can find at this link.

So if you know of any creative cooks, budding bakers or… (ok, I can’t think of an alliterative adjective to go with ‘chefs’) …enthusiastic chefs, then I do hope that you will be able to send them over to join me on YouTube at 4pm today for our first LIVE cooking demonstration, during which we will be making a batch of deliciously zingy lemon cupcakes!

And don’t worry if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, because we’ll also be turning our attentions to a whole host of savoury recipes too!

Over the next few months, I’m also going to be joined by a whole host of incredible guest chefs, including food writer and chef, Theo A Michaels and TV presenter and Celebrity Masterchef winner, Angelica Bell! You really won’t want to miss out, so head to the website now to find out more and I’ll see you at 4pm for episode one of the Kenwood Kids Club!

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Getting to Grips with… Embossing on Cakes!

Happy Sunday, cake chums!

After having them sat on my development shelf, gathering dust for a shameful amount of time now, in this week’s video, ‘Getting to Grips with… Embossing on Cakes!’ I’m finally getting stuck in to all of the cake embossing kits that I have been sent or gifted over the last 12-18 months.

I’m sure that many of you will have been using products likes the Sweet Stamp by AmyCakes, the Sugar Press from Crafty Designs and the PME Fun Fonts on your cakes for a while now, and I know that I have definitely seen some stunning examples of how they can be used to enhance the cakes we create, but are they really as easy to use as they look?

In my newest series, ‘Getting to Grips with…’, I’ll be having a go at a whole host of skills and techniques that can be used to take our cake designs to the next level, and hopefully, helping some of you to have the confidence to give them a go for yourself at the same time.

In this week’s first episode, ‘Getting to Grips with… Embossing on Cakes!’, we’ll be checking out some stunning fonts from Sweet Stamp by AmyCakes, the Sugar Press and PME, applying them to both a cake and a cake board, as well as exploring some of the other fantastic add ons and embellishments available from these brands to really elevate our cakes.

And if you are somebody that HAS been embossing for a while, be sure to get in touch and share your top tips for how to get the very best results from these fabulously innovative tools. Not to mention, your favourite ways to incorporate them into your designs and how you like to fill your embossed text and other elements… Are you a painter, a pourer, a duster, a wiper, a sprinkler, or something else entirely…?

You can watch this week’s video right here on the blog, below – or why not head directly to YouTube, where you will find links to all of the products featured – as well as being able to check out my other videos and hit that subscribe button while you’re there… 😉

I do hope you enjoy my latest video, ‘Getting to Grips with… Embossing on Cakes!’ and remember to pop back at the same time next week for part two…

Until then, Happy Caking!


PS. Don’t forget to join me over on Twitter this Wednesday for the next instalment of #cakershour!