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A Little Help With Your Christmas Shopping…

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

If, like me, you’ve barely even started (gulp), I thought I would give you a little help to track down those last minute cake decorating gift ideas…

First things first, definitely check out my brand new Amazon store to find a round up of some of my top cake-themed gift suggestions (linked to my recent YouTube video).

I have also put together a list of some of my absolute favourite baking and cake decorating books over there too, so it’s definitely worth a look!

And don’t forget, you can also visit the Mr Baker’s Cakes apparel store to pick up all of your essential #cakechums merch – including (after a lot of requests) some BRAND NEW HOODIES! I’ve gone for just a standard, ‘men’s’, non-tailored fit at the moment as that is what people had been asking for, but rest assured, we will DEFINITELY be adding some more new products to the line in 2020!

 

But – and this is super important – today is your last day for ordering if you want to be able to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, so get to it!

Between those two links, you should definitely be able to find all of the last minute cake decorating gift ideas you could possibly need! And while you’re there, maybe even treat yourself to a shiny trinket or two as well…! 😉

I hope they helped, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you have found any other amazing bargains or ideas that you think people would want to hear about!

Rob x

 

PS. Oh, actually… while you’re here, have you seen the latest posts over on my social media channels?

I think we all have that one special Cake Chum in our life who is always there to keep us going when times are getting a little bit rough and, at this time of year, it’s always nice to be able to show them a bit of love and appreciation. To say a special thank you for all of their support over the last year…

I don’t know about you, but I think my Cake Chum deserves a truly special gift this Christmas – I only wish I could afford it! Luckily, the lovely Christmas elves at Bake Diary are here to help!

All through December, they have been running a very special giveaway to help us show our love and appreciation to our favourite Cake Chums!

To get involved, you simply need to head to their Facebook page, find the giveaway post (click this link to head straight there) and add a comment, telling them what you would buy for the special cake chum in your life and why. Whether it’s a sheeter, a new stand mixer or something else entirely, just let them know and they will pick one lucky person to receive the gift of their dreams! Amazing, right? The winner will be chosen on Christmas Eve, so there isn’t any time to lose! Good luck!

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Dare to Dream…?

As someone who already has a full-time job that they love – well, most of the time anyway – and who only dabbles in cake for fun, albeit a lot, I always find it really hard to return to ‘real life’ after spending any sort of period of time exclusively in the ‘cake world’. Whether it’s going back to work after a cake show weekend or even, like in this case, just going back after spending the school holidays playing at being a full-time caker and cake blogger, it always seems somewhat jarring to suddenly just be Mr Baker-Gall the teacher again.

I think, if I’m honest, the contrast between cake, where creativity is celebrated and respected – at least for the most part – and education where, as I’m sure most people realise, we are gradually being buried under more-and-more bureaucracy and where opportunities for creativity are gradually being eroded away, is what is possibly the most difficult aspect for me to reconcile myself with.

A recent Guardian headline…

Inevitably, it does make me wonder, every now and then, if I could do this full time – whether I could ever give up my other passion to concentrate on this one – but I do think I would miss the joy that comes from working with young children. I’ll be honest though, for me one of the biggest considerations are the financial implications – I don’t know if I could ever leave the security of a monthly salary to head out into the unknown.

Quite honestly, I don’t think I could ever just make cakes to order. A lot of my enjoyment within cake artistry comes from the freedom I have to create what I want and I think that would soon vanish if faced with a never-ending order book of 8” round cakes every week.

*whispers* I do have a Rolls Royce model of my cakey dream though, but you can’t tell anyone.

Sometimes, I daydream about opening a little cake decorating supplies shop with an attached teaching space to host some of the amazing teachers and tutors that I know, while continuing to write my blog – and perhaps making a few awesome sculpted cakes on the side.

I adored my recent visit to Zoe’s Fancy Cakes in a little village on the outskirts of Leeds…

For me, just making cakes would never be enough – a huge part of my enjoyment within cake is about celebrating the amazing artistry we get to see every day, the travelling to meet some of the wonderful talents that make up the industry and obviously writing about it all right here. I’m not sure I will ever find anyone who wants to pay me to do that!

But, as always, the ‘coming down to earth with a bump’ of returning to work got me thinking about those people out there who perhaps WOULD love to make a living from cake decorating and who would like nothing more than to make cakes to order.

I wondered if we put our collective heads together, we could help them figure out just how they could make that not insignificant step and give up their guaranteed income each month to follow their passion.

For that reason, I would love to hear from those of you who have already done it. What advice would you give those people who are thinking about following in your footsteps? What do you wish you had known in advance? What helped you along the way? Are there any pitfalls to avoid? Sadly you see too many people burn out in this industry, but let’s just see if we can’t come up with some essential advice to help the next generation of cake artists navigate their way into this fabulous industry and not lose sight of their passion along the way…