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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!

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Death knell sounds for Rolkem in the UK

It appears there have been further developments in the ongoing #rolkemsaga, which seem to be sounding the death knell of the brand in the UK.

Following the previous recall initiated by Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd at the formal request of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the FSA had requested a number of ingredient details from the brand to ascertain a better understanding of the product range. The information requested has not been provided and so the FSA have taken the decision to issue a Food Alert for Action to local authorities to withdraw from sale the entire Rolkem range with immediate effect – that is ALL products manufactured by Rolkem.

Their advice to anyone that has bought Rolkem products is to immediately cease using them in products intended for consumption, while local authorities will begin visiting specialist cake decorating suppliers to ensure that all products supplied from Rolkem have been withdrawn from sale.

You can find the full announcement from the FSA here.