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The time has come…

Yup, it’s time to announce the winner of my exciting competition, with Natalie Porter of Immaculate Confections!

If you can remember right back at the start of June, reintroduced you to Natalie in the latest interview to be added to Mr Baker’s Blog. In that interview, I explained that in some rather exciting news, Natalie had kindly agreed to offer the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog the chance to get their hands on a very special signed FREE copy of her new publication, Book One: Sugar Flowers!

To be in with a chance at winning, you simply had to make sure you had subscribed to Mr Baker’s Blog (using the sign up box in the sidebar on the right or at the bottom of the page, if on mobile), share the link to this interview on your favourite social media platform, letting me know which project you were most looking forward to getting stuck into: Pretty Pastels, Sunny Blues or Tropical Delight and making sure you tagged both Mr Baker’s Cakes and Immaculate Confections, of course.

Well, lots of you got involved (thank you!), but unfortunately only one could win and I am delighted to announce that the winner is…

Huge congratulations to Rebecca Claessens on her win! Please get in touch via one of my usual channels and I’ll arrange to get your prize sent out to you! You can reach me through my Facebook page, the dedicated Cake Chums – with Mr Baker’s Blog Facebook group, by emailing me directly or, if you’d prefer, you can drop me a line at:

Mr Baker’s Blog
PO Box 752
FAREHAM
PO14 9RZ

 

While you’re here, I’ve had a few people mention recently that I don’t seem to be as active on the blog at the moment.

They’re not wrong.

Unfortunately, the last little bit of the summer term at school tends to be ridiculously busy with copious amounts of meetings, report writing, assessment, transition conversations with colleagues and so on. And that’s before you add in the whole ‘I’m moving schools’ thing to the equation.

Rest assured, I am still here and, as I have already mentioned a few times now, once school breaks up next month, I plan to devote a lot more time and energy to the blog and to my YouTube channel.

And come September of course, I will be working part time, meaning that I will be able to dedicate plenty of extra time to developing fabulous content on both platforms.

In the meantime, stay tuned to my social media channels (you can find me on Facebook hereTwitter here and Instagram here) because I am still posting and it will keep you up-to-date with what’s going on here at Mr Baker‘s Cakes HQ.

Which, incidentally, is currently very heavily studio themed… #exciting

Oh, if you haven’t already checked out the ‘What have Whedon?’ collaboration from The Cake Collective that posted last week, make sure you hit this link to see our celebration of all things Joss Whedon in honour of his 55th birthday. As a massive fan of his work, I was delighted to contribute a piece to the collection and loved how my Dark Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out.

The main image was hand drawn with Fractal Colors’ Calligra Brush Pens on Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste, before being airbrushed and splattered using Fractal Colors’ FlowAir colours.

The magics were created by colouring Squires Kitchen Isomalt and pouring it over ice. I also tried to use isomalt to fill Willow’s embossed catchphrase – which was REALLY hard! 🙈😂

And finally, I was also thrilled to be interviewed by Kimberly Chapman’s Eat the Evidence podcast a couple of weeks ago – the result of which was released this week. If you have yet to bite the podcast bullet and discover them in all of their easy-listening wonderfulness, then Kimberly’s is a great place to start.

You can find Issue 43, featuring my interview – where I discuss everything from my journey into this crazy world of cake to how you could be making your social media work better for you – right here… don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks so much for taking the time to catch up with what’s going on with me at the moment and until next time… happy caking!

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Getting to know you… with Natalie Porter of Immaculate Confections

This time last year, I introduced you to Natalie Porter, a talented wedding cake designer and the founder of Immaculate Confections, responsible for the creation of the Rapid Rose and the Perfect Peony kits, which have made sugar flowers accessible to sugarcrafters all over the world.

This month saw talented innovator, artist and entrepreneur Natalie add yet another skill to her CV – published author – with the release of her first book, Book One: Sugar Flowers.

A colourful and easy-to-follow guide to creating beautiful, yet achievable sugar flowers, Natalie’s book features clear and easy, step-by-step instructions that will help you to create a whole host of sugar flowers, buds, berries and leaves and turn your cakes into works of art!

Regular readers (and viewers) will know that I have been very excitedly following Natalie’s journey to bring her first book to life (check out my video from April’s Cake International on Tour 2019 to see more), and it seemed only right that now it is here, we sat down with Natalie, and husband Chris, to find out how she got started in sugarcraft, discover what inspired her to create her range of products and learn how she was able to finally bring her vision to life in her new book.

Head to this link to read my exclusive interview with Natalie and find out how you can get your hands on a FREE copy of Natalie’s book, Book One: Sugar Flowers.

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I have a rather ‘Magic’ announcement…

Hey hey hey, cake chums.

I do hope you are all having a good week so far.

I’ve gone all quiet on you again this week, but with good reason… I’ve been on the countdown to my birthday tomorrow! Yup, I have survived another year – goodness knows how!

But, having been sat on some rather exciting news for a fair old while now, I decided that today was finally the day to make a super special announcement…

Now you may recall that towards the end of 2018, I announced a rather exciting competition that I was running in collaboration with Magic Colours – exclusively for readers of Mr Baker’s Blog.

The team up saw us offering you the chance to win a prize that money simply cannot buy – the opportunity to put your own permanent stamp on the world of sugarcraft and win some gorgeous goodies in the process.

As I explained in the original post (which you can find here), after four years of development, Magic Colours are almost ready to launch the world’s first truly edible glitter – yes, you read that right, 100% edible, yet stunningly shiny and sparkly glitters that you can use on your cakes!

In that post, I also explained that the name featured on the test pots pictured above was merely a working title and that the Magic Colours team was keen to find a new and original name to ensure that people don’t confuse their wonderful innovation with existing non-edible products already available.

And that was where you came in!

Magic Colours exclusively invited the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog the opportunity to devise an original name for the newest and most exciting innovation to be added to the Magic Colours line-up!

It truly was a prize that money cannot buy, and as you can imagine, we had plenty of entries!

I had so many favourites – probably too many – including: Dazzle Dust, suggested by Michelle, Claire AND Karen; Glamour Glitter, suggested by Michelle; Glitter Magic, suggested by Vicki; Glitter, Glitz and Go, suggested by Carla, Deco Dust, by Rebecca Neale – see what I mean? Too many.

Luckily, choosing the winner didn’t fall to me. Instead, the Magic Colours team sat down at the start of this year and perused all of the entries, before deciding on their favourite.

They also loved lots of the suggestions, but they ultimately decided that Lynnette Russell’s proposal, Magic Bling, was the winning entry. They’ve tweaked it slightly, as is their wont, and the new range of fully edible glitters will be known as Magic Colours’ Bling Bling.

I must offer Lynnette the hugest of congratulations on her win. How exciting to know that every single pot of Bling Bling sold will be thanks to her awesome idea!

If you would like to get in touch via my Facebook page Lynette,  I’ll put you in touch with the Magic Colours team so you can claim your prize.

In the meantime, I also need to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved in my latest competition, in partnership with Magic Colours, and my commiserations to those who didn’t take home the prize on this occasion.

I run lots of fantastic competitions here on Mr Baker’s Blog, so do stay tuned for the next one very soon. If you want to be sure you won’t miss it, you can also subscribe to ensure you never miss another post. You can find the subscription box in the sidebar on the right if you are on desktop or at the bottom of the page if you are on a mobile browser.