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Welcome to the blog, Daisy Cakes!

The warm weather has finally arrived and what better way is there to celebrate than a set of glorious, colourful picnic-themed cupcakes?!

I am thrilled to welcome Sarah Bray to Mr Baker’s Blog with her first ever tutorial! Sarah’s cute and adorable Miniature Picnic Cupcake Toppers would be perfect for any spring- or summer-time celebration and she assures me that they are much easier than they look!

Sarah is an award-winning cake artist and tutor from Wokingham in Berkshire. A former teacher (like me!), Sarah had always enjoyed all things artistic and making cakes was something she used to do for fun. It wasn’t until someone approached her to contribute to a pamper evening at the school (where she sold out of everything) that she realised that she was actually pretty darn good at it. Eventually she started her business, Daisy Cakes and, as she continued to refine her skills, Sarah realised she really enjoyed making cupcakes and in particular miniatures.

I am delighted that Sarah has agreed to create her first tutorial exclusively for Mr Baker’s Blog and I am confident we’ll be seeing a lot more tutorials from this hugely-talented lady!

You can check out the full tutorial here…

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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!

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New Tutorial Alert!

I’m thrilled to welcome Emma Stewart of Truly Scrumptious Cakes by Design back to the blog this month with an exclusive FREE tutorial just for you!

Emma’s black and gold drip cake will make a stunning centrepiece to any holiday table, be it Christmas, New Years or anything else besides. You can find the full tutorial right now, via the tutorials tab at the top of the page.

Emma teaches her classes all over the UK and is in high demand, so to have her craft a tutorial just for us is a real treat – not to mention, it includes skills that you will be able to take away and apply on many other projects too!

Do check it out and, if you have a go, remember to share your results with both Emma and myself via social media! x