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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…

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Rosie Cake-Diva – a one woman phenomenon…

What do you get if you cross a trained architect, a helicopter pilot, a multi award-winning cake-making genius and a much-sought-after television presenter?

 

Well if you answered anything other than Rosie Dummer, then I have to ask: where have you been? The chances are, if you haven’t heard Rosie’s name before, then you will at least know her by her caking alter-ego, Rosie Cake Diva.

A staple at many of the country’s cake, baking and food festivals, she is probably as well known for her inimitable presenting as she is her show-stopping cakes. In fact, with a 2017 presenting roster that included both of the Cake International spring shows, the Bolton Food Festival, the London and Manchester Cake & Bake Shows, the Kirkcudbright Food Festival, Eat Drink Fest, Cake International: The World’s Largest Cake Show, The Cake Masters Magazine Awards, a weekly cake and bake show on The Craft Channel and, of course, her own show on BBC Radio Lancashire, it might be fair to say that in some circles, people forget that first and foremost, Rosie is one of the brightest stars of the UK cake industry.

Thankfully her return to the latest series of Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers will soon put pay to that and I thought it was time for the rest of the world to meet the lady behind the microphone

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My latest interview is up… and it’s a corker!

When I started cake decorating, a little over three years ago, I relied heavily on online articles and tutorials to develop my craft. They are honestly a godsend to the new and uninitiated and I remain eternally thankful to all those individuals who give up their time and energies to share their knowledge and skills with the rest of us. One name that used to appear pretty religiously in all my search results was a certain McGreevy Cakes and a quick click over to Facebook revealed that McGreevy Cakes had about a MILLION page likes, so they clearly knew what they were talking about.

 

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that Shawna McGreevy, the talent behind McGreevy Cakes is pretty much considered cake royalty the world over and after falling very much in love with the fun and playful style of her work, I became a fan. Her jaunty tutorials on YouTube were fun and easy to follow and honestly, I just used to watch them for the sheer enjoyment factor – whether I planned to emulate the cake or not! She has since launched her own online cake school, Cakeheads.com, which has just celebrated its first birthday!

I was actually lucky enough to meet the legend herself a couple of years ago (although rather embarrassingly had spent most of the evening with her entirely unaware of who she actually was) and so began a much-valued transatlantic friendship. And because everyone needs a little sunshine in their lives, I thought it was high time I shared the gift of The McGreevy with the rest of you