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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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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