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Just another manic… Saturday?

Hey hey hey, cake chums!

I have a little confession… I am the master of procrastination (it used to be in my Twitter bio, so it must be true!).

I am supposed to be sat here writing the latest issue of Something Sweet, but instead, so far this morning, I have run some errands, swung by the post office depot and am now debating whether to whip up a quick lemon cake, shoot an impromptu Facebook live or head over to Amazon to buy all the goodies in my saved shopping basket… #thestruggleisreal

I’m also very aware that I haven’t posted anything this week – but it’s not through want of trying, I promise. I actually have my next post ready to go, but I’m just waiting on a lil’ brand contribution to finish It off. We’re working cross-time zones though, which always tricky.

Because of that, and coupled with feeling a wee bit under the weather this week, I hadn’t actually scheduled any other content. But I guess, if nothing else, this rambling post – about nothing much of consequence – will serve to remind you all that I exist, that I’m still alive and that I am kinda working on content… 😉

One of the reasons why I was debating a Facebook live is that this week has been a particularly busy week for my PO Box, with goodies making their way to me from PME, the darling Breda O’Brien of Crafty Designs and a couple more besides.

I thought it could be fun to do a live unboxing video (perhaps giving you a taste of some of the things you can expect from my upcoming YouTube channel), but when I looked at the current state of my cake room, stuffed with in-progress collaboration pieces, some demo-development projects, a pile of competition prizes that I need to send out (they will be on the way soon – I promise!) and just general mess and clutter, I realised it might be better to maintain the illusion that I am always super neat and tidy.

A photograph of my cake room.
It doesn’t ACTUALLY often look like this…

I really can’t wait to get cracking on my new much larger studio!

Instead, I think you will have to continue to wait a little while longer for my official launch video and I suppose I ought to get back to writing this week’s issue – oh, which will probably be published a little earlier tomorrow, by the way. I’m off to Cardiff for the day, for another highly secretive cakey adventure (all will be revealed soon), and so will be hitting that publish button before I hit the road.

But don’t forget, as of February, Mr Baker’s Blog will be becoming a lot more organised, with my regular content schedule coming into play.

As I explained a couple of weeks ago, the plan is to feature some new and original content every Tuesday, sticking to this schedule:

  • First Tuesday – a brand new recipe from Mr Baker’s Cakes.
  • Second Tuesday – a new Mr Baker’s Cakes sugarcraft tutorial.
  • Third Tuesday – an exclusive interview with one of our favourite cake artists.
  • Fourth Tuesday – a guest tutorial, created exclusively for the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog.

This will, of course, continue to be supplemented by my weekly online magazine, Something Sweet – published every Sunday – and ad hoc additional posts as and when I write them, featuring product reviews, event coverage, comment pieces and so on. These will also be joined by new and original video content from my YouTube channel and the plan is to upload once a week, at least in the beginning. I’m still getting my head around video editing, after all. This may increase in the future, if I get better at it!

But anyway, yeah. That’s what I am up to today. How about you guys? Who is madly scrambling to finish a cake due this weekend? Is anyway doing some ‘for fun’ baking (Oh, I miss that!)? And who is managing to have a cake-free weekend? Let me know what you are up to in the comments…

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the latest issue of Something Sweet from Mr Baker’s Blog – your essential guide to all the latest news from the world of cake!

I’ll see you then… x

 

Oh, and PS. In a desperately lame attempt to try and be more relevant to the yoofs, I have now (re)joined Snapchat – feel free to come and find me for exclusive behind-the-scenes peeks at upcoming content and projects, and probably a good few pictures of my cats… 😉

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It’s 2019 and it’s all change at Mr Baker’s Blog!

Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to another year of Mr Baker’s Blog keeping you up to date with everything* that is going on in the world of cake.

*Well, I say everything, but I can’t manage to keep up with everything on my own. I’m kinda hoping that some of you will take a more active role this year too. If you fancy contributing either regularly, semi-regularly, irregularly or even just as a one-off, do get in touch via the usual channels: through my Facebook page, the dedicated Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes Facebook group or by emailing me directly.

Anyway, I do hope that you had a lovely Christmas break and a fabulous new year. We opened our doors once again for our annual New Year’s Eve open house and had a wonderfully relaxed evening of food and board games. I think my guests mainly enjoyed themselves – other than the forced-feeding of Christmas cake before they were allowed to leave. Does anyone else find themselves desperately trying to offload leftover fruitcake as the festive season draws to a close or is it just me? I mean, I’d happily eat it all myself, but I think I’ve had more than enough of my own baking for 2019 already!

Speaking of 2019, I am planning some big changes for Mr Baker’s Blog this year.

Don‘t worry… Something Sweet isn‘t going anywhere!

Don’t panic – I still plan to share all the latest news every week in my online magazine, Something Sweet. However, this year, I also want to want to formalise my offerings so that you know what to expect from the site, week to week.

As such, starting from the beginning of February, every Tuesday will see me upload some new, original and exclusive content:

First Tuesday – a brand new recipe from Mr Baker’s Cakes.

Second Tuesday – a new Mr Baker’s Cakes sugarcraft tutorial.

Third Tuesday – an exclusive interview with one of our favourite cake artists.

Fourth Tuesday – a guest tutorial, created exclusively for the readers of Mr Baker’s Blog.

This will, of course, continue to be supplemented by additional posts, including product reviews, event coverage, comment pieces and lots more besides.

I also have some more exciting news. Following some very generous Christmas presents from my family and a crash course in video editing from my buddy Etty van Urk of Cake Dutchess, this year will also see me adding a YouTube channel to the Mr Baker’s Blog line up!

I already have lots of exciting plans for new and original content, the likes of which you haven’t seen on a caking channel before, but unfortunately you’ll have to wait until I have managed to convert my spare room into a new, improved and, most importantly, larger cake studio before it officially launches. Oh, if anyone fancies sponsoring my new studio (ie you’d like to pay for it), then let me know…

*tumbleweed*

No? Oh, ok… 😂

In the meantime, if you’d like to subscribe to my channel in advance of my official launch and be one of the first to receive a notification when I post my first new video, then you can find it here. If 100 of you do it, I can gain access to a custom URL, so I would really appreciate it! Thank you in advance!

All in all, I’m you’ll agree that it is looking to be a VERY exciting year here on Mr Baker’s Blog and I do hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Bring on 2019!