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Getting to know you – with Kate Parsons of The Sugar Lair

Hey hey, cake chums!

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! It’s time for some more brand new and original content from Mr Baker’s Blog – and week three means it’s interview time!

On Friday of last week, I was invited to attend the launch of the brand new cake design academy, The Sugar Lair in Westbury, Wiltshire, where we were joined by a rather Extreme Cake Maker and his paw-some creation (see what I did there?).

The brain child of Kate Parsons of DayDreams UK, the new academy is designed to be a hub that will allow both experienced and aspiring cake decorators to develop new skills and learn from some of the most innovative and talented artists from around the world.

While I was there, I thought it was only right that I sat down with Kate and found out a little bit more about how she took an old, neglected former mill and turned it into the UK‘s newest dedicated teaching space for cake artistry.

Head to this link to read the full interview!

 

P.S. The Sugar Lair Launch Party will also be the subject of this week’s video over on the Mr Baker’s Blog YouTube channel. I upload a new video every Thursday, so be sure to swing by and hit that subscribe button to be the first to know when this week’s video goes up. You can find my channel by hitting this link.

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Dotty about Dot – a Mr Baker’s Blog exclusive…

When considering larger than life cakes with more than a little bit of character and movement, then one needs look no further than the extraordinary talents of South Africa-based Dorothy Klerck of Eat Cake Party.

© Life of Mike

At her home, less than an hour outside of Cape Town, the art graduate and long-time lover of design used to fill her time with a handmade card-making business, while helping out husband Tobie in with his agricultural business. It wasn’t until she started making birthday cakes for her own children that Dot discovered she had a bit of a talent for cake artistry.

Now known the world over for for her life-size conservation-inspired animal builds and awe-inspiring, gravity defying sculpted cakes, Dot’s work never fails to amaze and inspire.

She’s one of those artists that I have known from a distance for a while now, but (if I’m honest) have been a bit too starstruck to approach, so when the lovely Gwen of dragéekíss® invited me to join them for Sunday lunch and a wander around Windsor last weekend, I had to say yes. And naturally I took my Dictaphone along so I could help you get to know her a little better too.

Read the full interview right here.

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God Save the King. The BakeKing.

One of the breakout stars of the latest series of Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers and social media darling, Ben Cullen – The BakeKing – is quickly becoming a favourite with cakers and caking fans alike.

After studying Art and Graphic design at Chester University, Ben dabbled with graphic design, before entering into a tattoing apprenticeship, but it wasn’t until he was shown an example of a decorated cake by a customer, whilst tattooing in 2014, that Ben was inspired to create his first novelty cake – for his dad’s birthday. In time honoured tradition, friends and family started to ask him to contribute his sculpted wares for their birthdays and eventually The BakeKing was born.

I’m lucky enough to be able to consider Ben one of my best cakey friends and can genuinely attest to the fact that he is an all-round top bloke. So naturally, after spending a weekend starring as his devoted groupie at November’s Cake International (fortunately, I didn’t make it into the final edit of the show), I figured it was only fair for Ben to return the favour with an exclusive interview for Mr Baker’s Blog…