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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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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to tell you about something exciting I had been playing with, while whipping up some tasty cupcakes for one of my work colleague’s birthdays.

After meeting the owner of Magic Colours, Lihi Rosenberg at Cake International last month, she got to telling me about a new product that they have had in development over at Magic Colours HQ – for the last FOUR YEARS – which she kindly allowed me to have an advanced preview of: an entirely new range of 100% fully edible glitters – yes, you read that right, 100% edible, yet stunningly shiny and sparkly glitters that you can use on your cakes!

If you missed my original post, you can find it here.

In that post, I explained that the name featured on the test pots above was merely a working title and that Lihi 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.

I went on to explain that Lihi had had the most wonderful idea: inviting the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog the exclusive opportunity to devise an original name for the newest and most exciting innovation to be added to the Magic Colours lineup!

Yes, that’s right, Magic Colours and Mr Baker’s Blog have teamed up to offer you a prize that money simply cannot buy – the chance to put your own permanent stamp on the world of sugarcraft and win some gorgeous goodies in the process.

For your chance to win, you will need to get your thinking cap on and come up with an entirely original suggestion for a product name which manages to convey just how sparkly and shiny the new glitter is.

Once you have decided on the perfect sobriquet, you simply need to pop it in the comments below this post and that’s it!

After entries close, Lihi and the Magic Colours team will check out all of the suggestions and choose their favourite, with the winner having their product name printed on millions of pots of glitter that will be shipped all over the world – can you imagine the bragging rights alone?!


In addition to having their product name chosen, the lucky winner will also receive an exclusive collection of Magic Colours goodies to allow them to add some real colour, sparkle and shine to their own cake projects! I’m honestly a little jealous that I can’t enter!

So, what are you waiting for?!

Good luck, cake chums – I can’t wait to see what incredible suggestions you all come up with!


Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition is open to anyone aged 18 years or over, except employees of Magic Colours or Mr Baker’s Blog and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. There is only one prize available, but you are welcome to enter as many times as you would like. By entering, you are indicating your agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • The closing date for entries will be 21 December 2018. After this date, no further entries will be permitted. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • The winner will be announced both here on Mr Baker’s Blog and on the Mr Baker’s Cakes and Magic Colours social media platforms within 28 days of the closing date. By entering, you are consenting to your name being published online via these channels. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  • The decision of the Magic Colours team in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current GDPR legislation [UK] and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
  • Magic Colours reserve the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
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As I have mentioned previously, Mr Baker’s Blog celebrated its first anniversary in August, meaning that this coming weekend sees my second Cake International as a cake blogger – but probably the first where people are actually reading my blog… 😉

I am truly grateful for all the support that you have all shown me over the last year (and a bit) and so, with Cake International fast approaching, I wanted to do something to thank and reward all of the wonderful #cakechums that have made Mr Baker’s Blog such a success.

As a result, as I teased in the latest issue of Something Sweet, I feel like it is time for my BIGGEST EVER SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY!

During the last 15 months, I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people, organisations and brands, the majority of which will be at Cake International this weekend. I have reached out to them and asked if they would be prepared to contribute a lil’ something to a rather awesome prize hamper – and they all said yes!

As a result, I will be skipping merrily around the show collecting a whole host of prizes from some of my absolute favourites, like Renshaw, Cake Dutchess, The Celtic Cakers, The Old Piping Bag, Evil Cake Genius, Cake Masters Magazine, Cakes by Carol, dragéekíss®, Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine and even more besides…

‘But what do I have to do to get my hands on this amazing prize?!’ I hear you ask…

Well, first of all, as it is a SUBSCRIBER giveaway, you will need to ensure that you have subscribed to Mr Baker’s Blog – to do that, you need to find the box in the tool bar on the right (or at the base of the page if on mobile) and enter your email address. I will then send you a confirmation email, which you will need to accept.

But then comes the fun bit. To win, you will need to track down one of my new flyers at Cake International and take a selfie with it, uploading it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, with the hashtags #mrbakersblog and #imacakechum.

But what if you aren’t able to go to Cake International this year? Well don’t panic, you can still enter – you just need to get a little more creative. You will need a Mr Baker substitute – maybe a drawing of me (the more terrible the better), my website on a screen in the background, somebody who looks a bit like me – in fact, ANY reference to Mr Baker’s blog! And then, just like above, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, with the captions #mrbakersblog and #imacakechum.

Next week, I will get an impartial third party to choose their favourite selfie and that person will win the entire prize hamper, which will be posted out the following weekend!

Because I am still stinging from the time I had to spend nearly £100 shipping a prize to the US (ouch!), I’m afraid that this one will have to be a UK giveaway only (sorry to my international #cakechums)

If you ARE at Cake International and would like to know where you can find my flyers, there will be piles on the Cake Dutchess stand, the Cakes by Carol and The Old Piping Bag stand and anywhere else that I can strategically stash a few.

I will also have a stack of them on me at all times, so you can always just grab me and ask for one – in fact, my impartial judge may even mark more highly if I am in your selfie too…? Who knows…

If you fancy catching me at Cake International in person, you will be able to find me over at stand F14 – with the Cake Dutchess herself, Etty van Urk on the Friday, where I will be taking part in an awesome Live Build with the super-talented  Corinna Maguire of Lovin’ from the Oven, Janette MacPherson of Janette MacPherson Cake Craft, Kylie Mangles of Letterpress Bakery, Kelly McWilliam of Kelly McWilliam – Cake Artist and Zoe Hopkinson of Zoe’s Fancy Cakes, as well as a whole host of Cake Dutchess Instructors.

On Saturday, I will be demoing the newest addition of the Grumpy Pug series, Christmas, on stand C28, with Carol Smith of Cakes by Carol and Rachel Wyatt-Brown of The Old Piping Bag – swing by between 11:00am and 12:30am to see me in action!

Over the rest of the weekend, you will likely find me mooching around the show and trying not to spend money on even more cake gear – and probably failing miserably – so do come and say hi!

But until then, I guess I’d better get back to my ‘to do’ list – otherwise I won’t have anything to bring…

See you Friday! x