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Grab your crayons – it’s time for ANOTHER giveaway!

I came home to such an exciting delivery this evening!

Cake Masters are back with their second colouring book and it is even bigger and better than before!

After an overwhelming response to their first colouring book in 2018, the team knew that they had to come back with another edition and this year’s effort celebrates some of the most awesome cakes that have adorned the pages of the magazine over the last few years, with work from such legends as Mimicafe Union, Shannon Bond Cake Design, Laura Loukaides Cakes, Roses and Bows Cakery by Karen Keaney, Kek Couture, Merci Beaucoup Cakes, Karen Davies, City Cakes, Clairella Cakes and a whole lot more besides!

Editor, Rosie explained that ‘she hopes this colouring book will give us you some time out and some moments of quiet creativity.’

I have to say that I was particularly excited to receive my copy of the 2019 edition, as I had spied a certain familiar face when perusing the magazine’s Instagram Stories earlier this week…

Yes, you are seeing clearly! My Grumpy Pug: Winter Edition has been immortalised for all eternity amongst its pages and I am so buzzed to think that people all over the world will be putting pen to paper to colour in one of my creations!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I think I feel a giveaway coming on…!

Matches my cake room decor perfectly, don’t ya think?

Luckily, lovely Rosie has sent me a few extra copies, so that I can share them with some of you – my lovely subscribers!

To get your hands on one, you simply need to share my Facebook post about this blog – which you can find here –tagging my alter ego, Mr Baker’s Cakes, and Cake Masters of course!

I’ll throw all the names in a hat at the weekend and let you know the three winners in this coming Sunday’s edition of Something Sweet, my weekly online magazine bringing you all the latest news from the world of cake (why not check out last week’s issue while you’re here?).

Don’t panic if you don’t win though – you can also get your hands on a copy for the bargain price of only £1.99 by ordering directly from the Cake Masters website right here or you can download a FREE digital copy by visiting this link.

Thank you so much to Rosie and the Cake Masters team for including me in their newest colouring book – it really is a tremendous honour – and for their continuing boundless support for both me and all of the other talented cakers that have adorned their pages! I wish you all the success in the world for 2019 guys!

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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.

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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…! 😉