CakesDecor Gazette: Issue 3.04 / April 2014

Editorial

Hello my Lovelies,

I LOVE a good reaction to my work….in fact, I think I can admit to being a big reaction junkie! There’s nothing like seeing joy on someone’s face and knowing that something you created with your hands put that look there.

Well recently, I got the best reaction EVER! Months ago, when my gorgeous friend told me she was having a larger than usual party for her adorable son’s first birthday and dedication ceremony and it would have ‘A Very Hungry Caterpillar’ theme…I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew that I would finally get to really challenge myself with a stacked cake structure.

Anyway….weeks of planning, painting and creating later and we were carrying the towering confection to the stunning Dessert Table made by another wonderful friend. When Riley’s mum saw the cake….my usually unflappable friend practically threw herself at me and hugged me for ages while she cried on my shoulder!! Cried!! Happy tears she promises me ;)

Now I’m even more desperate to push the boundaries because I want me some more of that!! Is that bad? Should I hang my head in shame I don’t need applause or publicity or fame…I just want tears haha! Happy tears of course ;)

What has been your best reaction to something you made? Tell us your great reaction story in the comment section below, we’re looking forward to reading them. You can also tell us what you would like to see in future issues of The Gazette :)

Raewyn xx

Welcome to the Issue 3.04 / April 2014 of the CakesDecor Gazette
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Editorial

Hello my Lovelies,

I LOVE a good reaction to my work….in fact, I think I can admit to being a big reaction junkie! There’s nothing like seeing joy on someone’s face and knowing that something you created with your hands put that look there.

Well recently, I got the best reaction EVER! Months ago, when my gorgeous friend told me she was having a larger than usual party for her adorable son’s first birthday and dedication ceremony and it would have ‘A Very Hungry Caterpillar’ theme…I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew that I would finally get to really challenge myself with a stacked cake structure.

Anyway….weeks of planning, painting and creating later and we were carrying the towering confection to the stunning Dessert Table made by another wonderful friend. When Riley’s mum saw the cake….my usually unflappable friend practically threw herself at me and hugged me for ages while she cried on my shoulder!! Cried!! Happy tears she promises me ;)

Now I’m even more desperate to push the boundaries because I want me some more of that!! Is that bad??? Should I hang my head in shame?? I don’t need applause or publicity or fame…I just want tears haha! Happy tears of course ;)

What has been your best reaction to something you made?

Raewyn xx

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What's Happening

This month will see the return of our very popular Cake Decorator of the Week feature!

We have an incredible Editors Choice this month and a gorgeous Board Treatment tutorial for you to try. Have you used one of our tutorials? Why don't you submit it to CakesDecor.com and your creation may be featured in the next Gazette.

We also have Michal's interview with the fabulous Michaela Fajmanova of Cakes by Mifa.

Enjoy! :)

New Website For Knitting/Crochet enthusiasts

As many of you know already, we’ve launched a brand new website for people who love knitting and crocheting - KnittingCrocheting.com.

If you are a knitting or crocheting fan, feel free to join and be a part of this new exciting journey. Also, please share the website with people who might be interested in joining as well.

Cakes Decor Gazette Editors Choice
The Editors Choice for April is...

New Zealand Road Trip Cake

by

Kevin Martin - Chocolate Earth

Kevin truly is an incredible Sugar Artist! Wether he is using an airbrush or moulding chocoalte, I'm constantly amazed at his creations. And can you believe he produced this stunner in 3 days from concept to creation? Wow!!

Thank you and congratulations on being my Editors Choice for April 2014 Kevin.

Raewyn :) x

Cake Decorator of the Week
The Cake Decorators of the Week for March were...

Mardie Makes Cakes

Caroline Nagorcka

Cake Heart

Leonietje

J Cake

Interview #22: Michaela Fajmanova

Bio

My name is Michaela Fajmanová and I live in the Czech Republic. After graduating from high school, I worked as a shop assistant, barmaid, air hostess and in the end as a restaurant manager. In 2008 my first daughter was born and I became a full time mum. Three years later my second daughter was born and that’s when I discovered the magic world of cake decorating. In short space of time, the hobby turned into business and today I run my own cake studio specializing in wedding cakes. I live with my husband, children, two dogs, four cats and 10 chickens in a small village by a forest.

My hobbies include drawing, painting, and photography. My favourite sports are skiing and cycling. My family and cake decorating are the two biggest loves in my life.

Full interview > | See all interviews >

Cake Masters Magazine - April Issue

(Sponsored)

Welcome to our beautiful April issue and we are so excited that this is the first Cake Masters magazine on the shelves in WHSmiths (UK)! 

This issue is full of wonderful cupcakes, bringing some beautiful miniature modelling for you to be inspired and mesmerised by.  It never ceases to amaze me how far some artists go to bring unique and brilliant ideas to the small top of a cupcake. From the very delicate to the way out there, we really get to see some amazing skills. I have always been fascinated by miniature modelling – so we have a special selection of features and artists that really show you what can be done on a tiny scale.  Believe me it’s eye-poppingly wow stuff!

We have Astral de la Mare from Buttercream Bakery - Brighton who applies a level of cute, colourful detail to her most tiny cupcake toppers.  We couldn’t let Astral get away without sharing some of her skills, so we have an exclusive tutorial from Astral with over 30 images showing how to model mini sweets and treats perfectly.  We also have the superb and internationally recognised Sachiko Windbiel from Mimicafe Union, who has turned her attention to detail and love of modelling into a thriving topper business.  You won’t believe her amazing little fondant creations!

We are also so lucky to have a few cupcake themed tutorials; Cake International Gold winner Amanda at The Clever Little Cupcake Company and Crystal Candy bring some exciting skills and ideas to keep you inspired!

In other news, I was lucky enough to be Jen’s Afternoon Tea date this month at The Ritz- London, it was just the most luxurious and gorgeous belly-filling treat!

We had a great time featuring Cake International winners last time, so we have done it again! Our magazine is always about the people behind the baking, and in this feature we let you hear and see the people that are keeping this international competition alive. I hope you enjoy reading about the ups and downs of competing….and maybe get a little inspired to try something yourself!

Finally, we will be at The Cake & Bake Show Manchester and Cake International London this month, so please come and visit us. We love to chat to you all, and we will have something very special for you to see…and wear(!)..all will be revealed! www.cakemasters.co.uk/magazine

Caking Around the World

We would like to bring you news and information about the many exciting Cake events around the world.

If you know of any Cake shows or competitions in your area, we would love you to share them with us.

Cake and Bake Show Manchester

4-6th April 2014

Manchester Central

Cake and Bake Show Manchester

 

Cake International London

10-12th April 2014

ExCel London

Cake International London

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15 Minutes of Fame
Lara of Tasty Cakes Wins!!

Congratulations to our fabulous CakesDecor member Lara Clarke for winning the People's Choice in the Food category of Samsung's Launching People competition!

Lara has amazed us over recent years with her highly publicized creations and fabulous media savy!

Congratulations Lara, well done :)

You can see more detailed images of Lara's creations on her CakesDecor profile and on her Facebook page

Tasty Cakes CakesDecor Profile

Tasty Cakes Facebook Page

We love keeping up with exciting news and events for our readers. If you or someone you know has been in the media recently, just post the information in our forum '15 Minutes of Fame'. Each month we will choose some to share here in the Gazette. 

Monthly Top 5

Most Popular Cake for March

Easter Love Cake

MIlla

I'm always a sucker for some fabulous hand painting on a cake and this creation is no exception! From the adorable Bunny to the beautiful flowers this cake is an Easter delight!!

Congratulations Milla and thank you for sharing your work with us :)

Daisies!!

JC Cake

Butterfly Kisses Cake

Cake Your Day

 

Naughty Pony Suspended Sculpted Cake

Sweet As Sugar Cakes

Sweet Teddy Bear

Passioni di Zucchero

 

Cake This Tute

Fondant Parquetry Cake Base

Sarah - Estrele Cakes

A wonderful, easy to follow tutorial that will give your cakes the most incredible foundation. This could be adapted in many ways for an endless variety of professional, eyecatching finishes.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Sarah :)

Go to tutorial

Bake This Tute

Gluten Free Brownies   Delicia Designs

This recipe yields one 8×8 inch square pan.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 8×8 square baking pan.

In a bowl stir together the sugar, oil and vanilla extract. Beat in the eggs one by one. Next combine the rice and tapioca flours, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Stir mixture until well blended and pour into pan.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Go to recipe

Kitchen Talk

Marketing a Home Bakery

Forum Question from Kay

I am beginning a home baking business. If you have a home baking business, please advise what your marketing techniques were and how you acquired new customers. I feel that I need help in marketing my business since it does have a store front.
If you don’t have a home bakery business and have ideas I would like to hear from you.
All replies welcome.

Go to full post

 

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Hi Raewyn.
The best reaction I ever go was tears too, happy tears. Though my work wasn’t outstanding and gravity defying, like yours, mine was a simple garden toadstool cake for a little lady’s 3rd birthday. The specs given by the mother was just something to do with flowers or plants because the beautiful little girl loves gardening.
When mummy saw the toadstool cake she hugged me so tight and had tears of hapiness in her eyes. That was the best experience and reaction I have recieved in the 2yrs I have been caking.

June ...

Mine was a simple baby shower cake for my niece. 3rd cake I’d ever made. She hugged and cried when she saw it….best feeling ever!!

SugarMagicCakes (Christine) ...

My best reaction was for this baby shower/ birthday cake. Her mum ordered it for a surprise and when they both picked it up, her daughter looked extremely happy and close to tears and wouldnt stop thanking me as she carried it away down my path. Couldve been the hormones! :-)

Mrs BonBon ...

Funnily enough, it was very recently. Other than for my grandchildren, most of my cakes are made for adult recipients, who are generally very pleased. This particular cake was for a friends little boy. She brought him with her to collect it and the look on his face when he opened the box was absolutely priceless. He absolutely beamed from ear to ear, bless him.

Raewyn Read Cake Designs ...

What lovely stories and gorgeous cakes!! Thanks for sharing with us :) xx