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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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Meet the Maker: the Cake Dutchess

As I said yesterday, Mr Baker’s blog is all about sharing what all the talented individuals in the world of cake are up to all year around.

Sometimes this means I get to speak to some truly inspirational people and I feel truly honoured that so many of them are happy to give me a little bit of their time – particularly when it comes to agreeing to interviews, as they can be pretty time-consuming for them.

I know you guys have been enjoying them though and so – teaser alert – I have some real humdingers heading your way in the next few weeks…!

I thought we’d kick off the latest round by sitting down with the legend behind the Cake Dutchess brand. Etty van Urk is well-known for her stunningly adorable modelling and for being the creator of the hugely popular Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste, but that is just the start of things as far as this entrepreneurial whizz is concerned.

Originally from the Netherlands, Etty now lives in Scotland and originally started decorating cakes in 2009. However, after falling out of love with making cakes-to-order a few years later, she began to develop her love of modelling.

Since then, she has gone on create her own modelling paste; recorded an incredible number of free tutorials, which she shares on her Facebook page; recorded classes for both Pretty Witty Cakes and Craftsy; and is now in the final stages of developing her own line of tools AND writing her first book – all while being a full-time mum of two! Wowsers!

I’m sure you’ll agree that it is time we get to know this incredible lady a little bit better, so check out my full interview with Etty via the interviews tab in the menu.

And stay tuned – you won’t believe who is coming next…!