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10 Things Mr Baker Can’t Live Without | GQ Bootleg

Happy Sunday, Cake Chums!

It’s time for another video and, this week, it’s the return of ‘BUT CAN WE CAKE IT?’, my series where I take on the latest YouTube trends and challenges, but from a definitively cake-related perspective.

In today’s video, I’m taking on the latest trend that seems to be blowing up on the platform… the ‘GQ Ten Essentials challenge – bootleg style’! And, of course, in the true spirit of ‘BUT CAN WE CAKE IT?’, we’re putting a uniquely cakey spin on it, sharing the “10 Things Mr Baker Can’t Live Without” or, in other words, the ten essential baking and cake decorating products and tools I need to survive!

Watch the video here:

As always, if you’d prefer to watch the video in its natural ‘habitat’ over on YouTube – or if you fancy getting your hands on some of the products I talk about in my ’10 Things Mr Baker Can’t Live Without’ list – head to the following link and check out the video description – I’ve linked them all for you! Go there now…

Oh, and I’m intrigued to know how your ten essentials would compare to mine… Would any items be the same? Did I miss any that you couldn’t live without? Be sure to let me know down in the comments – either right here or over on YouTube!

And until next time, happy caking!


PS. Are there any other YouTube trends or challenges that you would like to see me take on – but from a cakey point of view? Make sure you get in touch and let me know!

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Halloween Cakes and Craft Ideas

Hey #cakechums – and Happy Half Term to those of you with #minichums… and my fellow teachers!

I’ve spent the first half of this week’s break battling against a fairly significant bout of halftermitis, which, for those who don’t know, is the legendary cold that descends upon all teachers as soon as we break up at the end of term. Don’t feel bad for me though, if nothing else, it has forced me to take a break from everything for a few days and actually rest for once!

That aside, Halloween is fast approaching and, of course, it is going to look a little bit different this year. While getting all dressed up and heading out to parties or going trick-or-treating might not be possible, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still have lots of fun with our families at home.

With that in mind, I’ve been working hard to come up with lots of Halloween cakes and craft ideas to support you with that, from spooky snacks, bakes and meals over on the Kenwood Kids Club YouTube channel, fun Halloween cake and cupcake decorating tutorials over on my own social media and even a Facebook Live cake decorating tutorial for the Dublin Sugarcraft Guild.

I’ve already seen some fabulous cakes and bakes from people who have followed my various recipes and tutorials, so I thought I would gather them all together right here for you guys to navigate your way around them easily.

I’ll also be adding my latest recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (with real pumpkin) to the recipe section of Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog later today too, so if you fancy jumping on the Pumpkin Spice flavour train, you’ll know where to go…

But anyway, first up, if you fancy whipping up a fully decorated cake this Halloween weekend, I have two options for you:

My ‘Trixie Treat’ cake is a full photo tutorial for Renshaw and it takes you through every stage of creating your spooky trick-or-treater using clear step-by-step instructions and photographs. These cover everything from assembling and carving your cake, right through to all of those little finishing touches, which really bring your cake to life.

What’s great about this tutorial in particular is many of the skills and techniques shown – such as the Converse-style shoes, the bow and the eyes – can also be used on other cakes. If you fancy having a go at a Trixie Treat of your own, you can find the full photo tutorial at this link.

If you want your centrepiece cake to be a little darker and more mysterious (well, as dark and mysterious as my fun and colourful cake tutorials get…), why not have a go at my Spooky Cauldron cake?

This one was originally created as a photo tutorial for Fabricake, but this year, I also filmed a Facebook Live for the Dublin Sugarcraft Guild, where I recreated it once more. If you’d like to see me in action (and being my usual chaotic self), then you can head to this link – or, of course, you can simply check out the photo tutorial at the Fabricake website.

I also have a couple of cupcake options for you this year too, including the aforementioned Pumpkin Spice cupcakes, which you can see me making over on the Kenwood Kids Club YouTube channel, but if you want something really simple and child-friendly, why not turn your hand to my simple Halloween Mummy Cupcakes?

These have already proven very popular with some of our mini-chums and I’ve loved seeing the photographs of their creations, so do keep them coming! If you fancy having a go at them yourself, you can watch me make them in my latest YouTube video, which is available here.

Speaking of the Kenwood Kid’s Club, we’ve been enjoying a bit of a Halloween takeover all this month, and alongside our spooky cupcakes, we’ve also enjoyed whipping up a batch of Halloween-themed chocolate bark AND, in the final instalment of our takeover, this week I’ll be showing you how to make ‘Spookghetti and Eyeballs’, the perfect spooky dinner for a family Halloween at home.

So essentially, between my work over at the Kenwood Kids Club, my own YouTube channel and the projects I’ve created for some of my favourite brands, I’ve pretty much got all of the Halloween cakes and craft ideas you could possibly need for your Halloween celebrations all sewn up! I’ve yet to see anyone have a go at recreating every single project, but I think, if you do, I might have to rustle up some sort of prize…!

Oh, and before I go, this year, I was also thrilled to be invited back to take part in the annual Sugar Spooks cake collaboration again (which is now in its EIGHTH year!). The full collection of CarnEvil-themed creations will be going live at 5pm GMT TODAY, so be sure to keep an eye on my social media to find out what creepy creation has been keeping me busy recently.

Other than that, please do let me wish you all a fun – and safe – Halloween weekend and I’ll see you all on Sunday for my next YouTube video.

Until then… happy caking!


PS. I also give you a bit of a preview of some of these Halloween cakes and craft ideas (as well as the full Halloween Mummy Cupcakes tutorial) in my latest YouTube video, so feel free to check that out below…

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The Great British Bakealong – Episode 3

Hey Cake Chums and welcome back to Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog!

This week was it was bread week in The Great British Bake Off tent and the bakers were tackling a whole host of bread-based challenges set by the ‘male judge’ and self-proclaimed King of Bread, Paul Hollywood.

As I have explained in my posts over the last couple of weeks, once again I am baking along with the bakers in the tent and for the very first time, in this year’s edition of The Great British Bakealong, YOU get to decide which challenges I take on!

In this week’s poll (over on my Instagram stories), it was a VERY decisive result and, for The Great British Bakealong – Episode 3, 92% of you decided that you wanted to see me tackle this week’s Technical Challenge, so, in today’s video, I will be attempting to make a batch of six Rainbow Bagels – which, once again, I have NEVER made before… *gulp*

Check out The Great British Bakealong – Episode 3 below and be sure to let me know what you think of my Rainbow Bagels.

If you want to ensure you don’t miss a future episode of The Great British Bakealong, be sure to head over to YouTube and hit that big red subscribe button! And if you decide to have a go at one of this week’s challenges, be sure to tag me on social media so I can come and check out your bakes…

But, until next week guys… happy caking!