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Checking out the first EVER Northern Ireland Sugar Expo – NISE

Last weekend, I flew over to Belfast to check out the first ever NISE cake show.

Across the weekend, we endured flight delays, snow (a LOT of snow) and goodness knows what else besides – but, do you know what? We had an amazing time!

Between some fabulous classes, amazing demonstrations, fabulous retailers and some of my favourite #cakechums, it was well worth a visit.

If you missed it, fear not – I’ve got you covered:

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Yes, it IS Sunday, but…

Good morning guys and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Blog!

You’re probably here looking for the latest issue of Something Sweet – your weekly slice of all the latest news from the world of cake.

However… for those of you who follow my social media channels, you will probably have seen that this weekend I am at the Northern Ireland Sugar Expo (NISE) in Northern Ireland.

We’re enjoying an action-packed weekend and as much as I would love to be efficient enough to be able to put together an issue of Something Sweet whilst also working at a show all day, I do only have so much time (perhaps it’s time for an assistant… I can pay in cupcakes?).

But don’t worry, I couldn’t just leave you with nothing, so for that reason, I thought I would treat you to a little sneak peek of just some of the things I’ve been up to during our first day at the NISE show.

This will, of course, be followed up with a much more thorough post AND a YouTube video later this week.

Oh, and if you have been thinking about coming along to the show today, but hadn’t made a firm decision, then do come! I know it’s going to be another fantastic day. Don’t forget you can catch ME demonstrating live on the main stage at 10:00am this morning.

And don’t panic, Something Sweet will be back as usual next weekend.

Enjoy your Sunday guys.

xx

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There are no secrets that time does not reveal…

I do love a quote – don’t you? Today’s title is courtesy of Jean Racine – one of the three great French playwrights.

Happy Friday everyone! Gosh this week has been a long one!

 

It’s been yet another busy week for me – I think it’s that time of year! But my cake week started with Tuesday’s announcement by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that they had decided to issue a Food Alert for Action to local authorities to withdraw from sale the entire Rolkem range with immediate effect.

Most of us had realised that this was looking increasingly likely, but I know some people were still taken by surprise. I’ll be going into a bit more detail about it in this week’s Something Sweet, but I have already heard tales of environmental health officers (EHO) telephoning businesses and, in some cases, even calling on them to either advise the disposal of Rolkem products or actually seizing them! If this has happened to you, I’d love to hear from you – I’m sure my other readers would benefit from hearing the advice you were given by your EHOs.

I’m also hearing unconfirmed rumours that this might not be the end of this sorry saga, but I’ll let you know more when I do…

 

On Wednesday, I published my first post regarding my previously very secretive collaboration project over on the Fabricake Blog.

I won’t spoil it by repeating it in full here, but you can find out all about it right here.

 

On Thursday, it was finally announced that I am working with the NISE team to bring the UK’s newest cake show – created BY cake artists FOR cake artists – to life!

Yes, it’s probably time for a new headshot soon…

Thank you so much for all of the congratulatory messages, but I think it may have thrown the cat among the pigeons in some circles. I thought I’d better address the main question that has been asked in the last couple of days…

No, I’m not quitting teaching. This isn’t a new job or a replacement career.

I have actually been working with Emma and Alessandra since April – all of the social media content and promotional materials you have been seeing come out of NISE HQ so far were already me – and I will be continuing to work with them alongside all of my other ongoing roles and projects in the months leading up to the show.

Like the rest of the team, I am not being paid for my work or my time, it is a passion project for us all and we are looking forward to developing a truly cutting-edge show that will push the limits of cake design, while still remaining true to the classic skills and styles of cake decorating.

If you haven’t already liked the official NISE Facebook page, be sure to head over and get on that to keep up to date with all the latest news and information as it is released. I’m carrying so many exciting secrets around with me at the moment and I can’t wait to share them with you all!