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Goodbye, my friend…

Thank you to everyone who sent their congratulations on the birth of baby Ellie and their get well wishes for my lil’ fur baby, Buster.

I thought I ought to get in touch again and give you an update – although I’m afraid it isn’t good news.

After I wrote Sunday’s blog post, Buster’s condition continued to worsen, with him becoming increasingly withdrawn and refusing to eat – which honestly never happens. The boy loved his food.

He seemed to be in considerable distress, in spite of no outward sign of injury – in fact, he had stopped limping on what had previously appeared to be a lame leg.

It eventually got to the point that we were so concerned that we took him to the local emergency out of hours vet (at around 11:30pm last night), where it was discovered that he was suffering from cardiac arrhythmia and his heartbeat was much slower than it should have been. The vet believed that he had probably suffered some form of heart attack over the last day or so – lack of strength in the extremities can be an indication of this, hence the perceived lameness.

We were warned that his prognosis was not looking positive and he was whisked off to receive oxygen, with a whole barrage of tests planned for the following day.

Unfortunately, at about 2:00am this morning, we received a phone call to say that he was not responding to treatment and that he was losing his battle. We had to make the reluctant decision to allow the vet to put him to sleep, rather than prolong his considerable suffering any further.

Buster was a real character and everyone that met him couldn’t help but fall for his personality and charm, and he will be missed dreadfully. He gave us nearly ten wonderful years and leaves a real hole in our family.

I don’t yet know what this means for this week’s online output yet – I’m not sure yet if I will be able to face shooting this week’s video and so on – but I will keep you guys informed as the week progresses and I thank you again for your well wishes yesterday.

Much love,

Rob x

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Some Something Sweet news…

Happy Sunday Cake Chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog.

I imagine you’re probably here looking for this week’s issue of Something Sweet, the weekly round up of all the latest news from the world of cake.

Unfortunately, life got in the way of things a little bit this week and, as a result, I made the reluctant decision to pull this week’s issue.

Rather than just leave you in the lurch though, I thought I should at least swing by and let you know why the break in our usual routine.

If you have already watched this week’s episode of my Bakealong with GBBO, you will have seen that we celebrated the arrival of a new addition to the Baker family this week. Yes, rather excitingly, my brother and his fiancé gave birth to my beautiful new niece, baby Eleanor Hazel – or Ellie for short – on Sunday.

Naturally, I had to head up to see her as soon as I could and so, on Friday, I loaded up my car with my mum and sister and set off on the two and-a-half hour drive up to Kettering. Unfortunately, it seems that the rest of the world was driving north from the south coast at the same time as us and, with the addition of more than a few road-blocking accidents, the journey actually ended up taking us FIVE AND-A-HALF HOURS (I also somehow managed to trap a nerve in my shoulder during the drive too, so all in all a great time).

You’d think after all that, we would be blessed with an easier journey home, right? Well, I guess it was slightly easier… we only detoured via London!

I eventually got home a little before midnight (having left at 10am in the morning) and, having lost the entire day – which would normally be a writing day – figured that I would spend the following day (Saturday) getting all caught up and writing this week’s issue.

Unfortunately, fate had other plans for me and I woke to find one of my fur babies completely unable to walk on one of his back legs and clearly in great distress.

Rather worryingly, it was the same leg that Buster Cat broke pretty significantly about eight years ago and had to have some fairly substantial surgery on to rebuild it – with all sorts of metal work. As you can probably imagine, we were panicking like mad!

After a worrying few hours and a mad dash to our wonderful vets, it seems that things aren’t looking as serious as we initially thought. They have ruled out complications resulting from his previous injury and it doesn’t appear to be broken again, so I think the lil’ bruiser has had a lucky escape this time. I would love to know what happened to him though?! He has had an injection and spent most of the day sleeping it off, we just need to keep him fairly contained and monitor him for the next few days to check that things seem to be improving as expected on their own.

As a result, you can see that I really would not have had the time to pull together this week’s issue properly, so rather than try to bodge something together, I thought I would let you guys know what has been going on and assure you that we will, of course, be back to normal next week.

Thanks for your patience and support though guys – I know many of you have beloved fur babies too, so will completely understand the scare that Buster gave us this morning.

In the meantime, to get your weekly fix of Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog, why not check out this week’s Bakealong with GBBO video which I’ll include below.

Or you can head to my YouTube channel to see it in situ. Don’t forget to subscribe while you are there!

Like I said in last week’s issue, I really think that I am starting to relax into this whole YouTubing thing – and I hope that that is coming across in the videos.

If you are still super keen for some Sunday morning reading material, you can also check out back issues of Something Sweet here or peruse earlier issues of Something Sweet in its old format here.

Ahead of next week, don’t forget to send me your contributions for the next issue of Something Sweet. To find out more about how you can get involved and share the latest cake news from your neck of the woods, you can check out this post.

Thanks again for being so understanding guys and I’ll see you all next week for another issue of Something Sweet, your weekly slice of all the latest news from the world of cake.

Rob xx

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Baking along with the Great British Bake Off: Week Four – DAIRY

Hey Cake Chums!

It’s week four of The Great British Bake Off and, this week, it was the first EVER Dairy Week!

Every week, during series 10 of GBBO, I am attempting each episode’s technical challenge – following the same rules, timings and recipe as the bakers in the tent – filming the entire experience and sharing it over on my YouTube channel.

In dairy week, that meant I was tackling Prue Leith’s take on a 600-year-old classic: Maids of Honour – reported to be Henry VIII’s favourite dessert – with one very unusual ingredient.

Check it out in the video below…

Or click here to watch it over on YouTube.

Have you watched this week’s episode yet? Did the right person go home? Will you be attempting any of this week’s bakes? Let me know in the comments…

If you want to follow along with my #bakealongwithGBBO adventures, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and, if you would like to receive a notification every time I upload a new video, you can also hit the bell icon.

Thanks so much for watching guys and I’ll see you on Sunday for another issue of Something Sweet magazine!

xx

 

If you fancy having a go at Prue’s Maids of Honour, you can find the recipe here.