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Cheers to the Freakin’ Weekend…

Happy weekend, cake chums!

Sorry it has been rather a quiet one on the blog this week, but real life well-and-truly got in the way of cake life this week! I won’t bore you with the details, but rest assured I am absolutely ready for a lazy weekend!

Hopefully Sarah Bray of Daisy Cakes’ rather fabulous Miniature Picnic Cupcake Toppers tutorial has kept you busy in my absence! Don’t forget to let me know if you have a go at it – I’m planning to tackle it myself at some point – when I’m not knee-deep in other exciting projects.

Coming in the next few weeks, I’ve got some absolutely amazing interviews lined up – with some actual caking legends – and, at the request of some of my subscribers, I will also be having a play with the Rapid Rose and Perfect Peony kits, which arrived today from the lovely Natalie at Immaculate Confections. As a very reluctant sugar florist, I try to avoid making flowers unless truly necessary, but Natalie assures me that her fabulous kits will revolutionise my life! Look out for my two-part review coming soon…

 

These are all alongside an absolute mega-project that I have been beavering away on for a while now. A clue? Well, it’s another project for a brand that I have previously collaborated with in the past. I wonder if you will be able to figure it out… 😉

The other big news of the week is, of course, this week’s cake shows on either side of the Atlantic. It seems half of the cakers on my social media timelines are heading to the Irish SugarCraft Show 2018, in Dublin this weekend, while the other half are jetting off to The SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo, in Miami. I’ll be honest, I have spent so much time on the FlyBe website this week, dithering over whether to book a last-minute jaunt over to the Irish show this weekend (SoFlo is a little bit out of my budget right now!) and it has taken some real restraint to stop myself hitting that ‘purchase’ button. I think it is only the thought of a full-on weekend – after the exhausting week that I have just had – that stopped me going through with it.

I do hope that everyone who has headed to either show this weekend has a truly amazing time though – and naturally, I have lined up some fabulous guest writers to share the highlights of each of them with us all when they get home.

Oh, and speaking of the Irish Sugarcraft Show, this weekend also sees the official launch of The Celtic Cakers Tutorial Book – if you’re at the show, be sure to head by the Ribbon Shack stand to check it out. And don’t forget that today also marks your last chance to get your hands on a copy in my Celtic Cakers giveaway, so if you haven’t entered yet, you know what to do!

 

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Review: The Celtic Cakers Tutorial Book

In the most recent issue of Something Sweet, I was most excited that I was finally getting to tell you about a truly remarkable book that was coming very soon – however that’s nothing compared to how excited I am to say that The Celtic Cakers is now available!!

Compiled by Corinna Maguire of Lovin’ from the Oven, The Celtic Cakers has brought together a team of some of Ireland’s top cake designers to produce a huge array of step-by-step pictorial guides to creating fantastic cakes of all skill levels.

Paired with the fabulous tutorials, The Celtic Cakers also take you on a journey around the stunning Emerald Isle itself, introducing themselves and their cake stories, alongside beautiful photographs of their local regions.

It offers readers the chance to learn techniques such as hand-modelling, creating stunning sugar flowers, crafting wired figures, carving cakes, structuring cakes, working with gelatin and much, much more.

From the adorable Big Brown Bear by Paul Redmond of Purple Feather Cake Design to the stunning cover cake, A Seaside Wedding by Corinna herself, there really is something in the book for everyone. But don’t just take my word for it! The cover quotes, from some of the cake world’s greats, speak volumes about how fabulous the book is:

I love this book! Such cute ideas with such detailed instruction from the basics to the advanced … enough to get the casual Cake admirer to jump in and test the waters. And some new ideas as well for those who have already dabbled a bit. A definite must!

Shawna McGreevy
Cakeheads – McGreevy Cakes

 

A fantastic collection of tutorials from a group of the best cake decorators! From simple
techniques to more challenging projects, a fantastic book.

Rosie Mazumder
Editor at Cake Masters Magazine

 

This book covers so many useful tips and techniques, a truly great resource for any decorator at any experience level.

Avalon Yarnes
Avalon Cakes School of Sugar Art

When I first received the advance copy of the book, I literally spent about two hours just reading it from cover to cover – I genuinely couldn’t put it down and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that it is quite simply breathtaking. Corinna and her team of talented cakers have managed to capture the beauty and well… almost the very essence of Ireland and combine it with some truly stunning tutorials from some of the greatest talents their little corner of paradise has to offer.

If you’re looking to try something new or to really challenge yourself, I would highly recommend you grab a copy from Amazon (you can find it here).

In fact, I’m so convinced you’ll love it, to celebrate the book’s official launch weekend on 28-29 April, I’ve bought an extra one to give away to one of my lucky subscribers.

Yes, you heard that right! I’m giving away a copy of The Celtic Cakers right here!

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on this fabulous book, you just need to ensure you have subscribed to Mr Baker’s Blog before the competition closes on 29th April 2018.

To subscribe, simply scroll to the subscribe button in the sidebar on the right (or at the bottom of the page if on mobile) and pop in your email address. Not only will this enter you into my Celtic Cakers giveaway, but you’ll never have to worry about missing a Mr Baker’s Blog post again!

Regretfully, after having to shell out almost £80 to ship my last giveaway prize to the states (Yes, really!), I am going to have to limit this one to UK-only entries, I’m afraid. But don’t panic, further-afield subscribers can still grab your copy direct from Amazon.

Congratulations again to Corinna and the Celtic Cakers team on an absolute masterpiece and good luck for your launch next weekend!