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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 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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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…