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I’m feeling very hot and a little bit bothered…

I’ve been a bit quiet again, haven’t I…? Sorry.

It’s been a big week at school AND a big week in cake this week so I have rather neglected you again.

At school we have been having our transition days – the days when we all move to our new classrooms and meet the children that will be joining us in September – which is always exciting! Luckily, I’m staying where I am this year, so hopefully I won’t have quite so much to do during the holidays to prepare for next year, which means lots of free time for fun cake-related shenanigans!

Which brings me to this week in the cake room, where I was working on a cake for a friend of mine. I was tasked by our mutual friend of creating something with the interesting theme of… seafood sticks. Yes, really.

Battling the elements, I whipped up one of my signature original-recipe chocolate mud cakes with milk chocolate ganache (and FINALLY having a fridge big enough to store cakes while I’m working on them was a real lifesaver this week, I can tell you!). Due to the heat, the final didn’t turn out quite as polished as I’d hoped, but I got it done and my friend loved it, so that’s the important thing.

Everyone thought they were rhubarb… *sobs*

The heat has also been having an impact on some of my older pieces that I still have on display. Santa seems to have finally given up the ghost and I am watching my Nadine bust like a hawk. Is anyone else having to deal with such sugar fatalities?

Rather excitingly, I was also working hard on a rather exciting project that I am in the process of putting together. It’s all a bit secretive at the moment, but I will hopefully be sharing a little bit more about it next week over at my other blogging home – Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd. I’ll let you know when I can tell you more!

But in the meantime, how has your week been? Are you still coping with the heat? I’d love to hear what you’ve been working on.

Oh, and don’t forget to let me know what has been happening in your corner of the sugar world for this week’s Something Sweet!

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Say Hello to Summer – Cake Share Event!

Summer is officially here and it seems that the weather actually got the memo this year – with the mercury already hitting 31°C in some parts of the country (yes, I know some of you live in places that are far hotter than that – but in the UK, we get very excited by a bit of sunshine!).

Of course, once we get back in the kitchen, the heat can be a bit of a challenge for those of us not used to caking in warmer conditions – air-conditioning is a very rare luxury in the UK, so the summer months can be pretty darn tricky – with buttercreams, sugarpastes and ganaches all playing up! Panic stations!

But do try not to get hot and bothered! I firmly believe that sugarpaste can smell fear.

To keep our spirits up during this tricky week, I thought I’d host a bit of a cake share over on my Facebook page. It’s been an age since I have done one and nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing and sharing some of the fabulous cake work being produced out there.

If you would like to join in, head over to Facebook and post your favourite summer or sunshine themed cake to my page – or why not post in the Mr Baker’s Blog from Mr Baker’s Cakes Facebook group? And please don’t think you have to be the best caker in the world to join in – all are welcome and never forget, we were all beginners once!

I’ll be sharing some of my favourites across the week and I’d love to discover some new up and coming talents as a result too!

And if you have some top tips for summer caking, why not share them too? You never know whose sanity you might just be saving!