How sweet it is

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Whenever I was heartbroken, my mum used to say, “Don’t worry dear, there’s someone out there for everyone,” and she was right. connie

After years of being literally left on the shelf, Colin the Caterpillar has found true love and he’s making it official.   Since dating his girlfriend Connie, for less than a year, Colin and Connie are getting hitched.

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After years of being a confirmed bachelor, and showing up at the best parties in town, hanging around with the likes of David Beckham and Boris Johnson, Colin is ready for commitment.  Close friend Percy Pig said: “Colin has been looking for love for some time and Connie is definitely the one – he’s smitten! They make a perfect pair and seem really happy together.”

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The celebrity cake couple have been inseparable since they met and have been quite public about their love and devotion towards each other.  In celebration of their union, Marks and Spencer are creating a limited edition Colin and Connie wedding cake (available from 23 February 2017), just in time for the wedding season. You’ll see a more spruced up Colin with a top hat and black dress shoes, while Connie swaps her pretty pink signature bow for a veil and a bouquet of flowers. The cake also has a sprinkling of confetti and of course, two matching gold wedding rings.  It will be the wedding of the year. What a sweet way to celebrate love.

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A little jaunt to Paris

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We love this illustration by Kasia Dudziuk.  It’s so sweet, chic and stylish;  it has all the things you love about Paris (especially all those chi-chi places to eat cake).  I dream about doing this all the time. One day, when we’re not too busy in the Delights Kitchen, we’ll hop on Eurostar and have a sweet adventure of our own…

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Proud Mary

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Mary Berry wins the Best TV Judge Award at the National Television Awards – Pic: Ian West/PA Wire

We’re big fans of Mary Berry in the Delights Kitchen.  It was so nice to see her beat off stiff competition and pick up the award for Best TV Judge at the National Television Awards, last week (and we were loving the fist-pump, too).  Congratulations, Mary.  We salute you!

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The gentle art of procrastibaking

 

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Yes, I raise my hand up, as I am totally guilty of this.  In fact, this t-shirt, was probably made with me in mind.

Procrastibaking:  The art of making cupcakes instead of doing something else you should be doing.

Right now, I am knee-deep in receipts and invoices, in the Delights Office.  I need to complete my tax return by 31st January.  I have started off with the best intentions.  I get myself some coffee, I switch on the computer and I start crunching the numbers.  I neatly put everything under the right headings: Ingredients, Packaging, Postage, Cleaning Products, Equipment, Website updates and Deliveries. After about an hour of this, my mind starts to wander.  I drift off to more exciting subjects.  Being a creative type, crunching numbers and doing my tax return is incredibly boring, but it is very necessary.  As I type away and organise my receipts, my mind starts to think about other matters…

  • Decorating techniques
  • Flavour combinations
  • Themes
  • Colour combinations
  • Topping
  • Fillings
  • The fluffiness of frostings
  • Just anything to do with cake, really…

Before you know it, I am down in the Delights Kitchen, reaching for the vanilla extract, plugging in Penelope and baking up a storm.  Yesterday, I just had a yearning for plain old vanilla cake, so that’s how I got my bake-on.  I’ve got two days to complete this task and press the ‘go’ button, so I better stop procastibaking and get on with the job at hand!  I will keep you posted on how I get on….

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Cake-gate

 

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English etiquette teaches us that at dinner parties and social gatherings, you never mix good food with talk of religion or politics.

Cake is universal, everybody loves cake, there is a special cake out there for everyone,  (whether you’re gluten free, fat free or sugar-free), there is equality with cake.  Cake and politics are rarely bedfellows. However in the last week, with all the pomp of the American presidential Inauguration, cake made centre stage.  It seems that the cake made for the Salute to the Armed Forces Ball, attended by the newly sworn –in President Trump, was the exact replica of the cake made four years ago for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

The original cake (the cake on the left) was made by Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes.  Both cakes have nine tiers, with stripes on the bottom, a presidential banner and seal motif, shiny emblems in the middle section, and the cakes are both topped with stars.

The second cake (the cake on the right) was made by Terry McIsaac of the Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington D.C.  We understand that an unnamed member of Team Trump contacted the cake shop several weeks ago on short notice with a request to copy the original.  Terry initially offered to use the original cake as inspiration, but it was insisted that the cake should be a replica.

Whenever someone comes to me requesting a replica of a cake, I always give them this reply:

“I cannot copy someone else’s work, but if there are elements from the cake you like, we can take this as inspiration to create a personalised cake for you.”

In the cake world, we have to acknowledge and respect the great work of other cake makers. There is enough sky for all of us, and we must learn to cultivate and develop our own cake style.   The Internet has gone wild over this story and has brought it back to politics.

Duff Goldman graciously took the copy-cake as a compliment. He congratulated the Buttercream Bakeshop on doing a fantastic job. There’s a lot of love in the cake world (this is not always the case in the political arena).

According to the Buttercream Bakeshop’s Instagram post, profits from the cake will be donated to the The Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organisation in America working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer equality.

 

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The night-shift

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I can totally relate to this image.  There has been many a night, when I’ve been up, way past the midnight hour, to finish decorating a cake, or even bake a cake.  Thankfully, that doesn’t happen as much these days.  I’m a little more organised and realise that there truly is such a thing as cake prep.  Having said that, there are times when the most creative cake ideas and solutions seem to come in the dead of night.  Usually because everyone else is fast asleep, there’s no noise and no distractions.  What time of day are you most creative?

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Ooh it’s frrreezzing…

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Baby, it’s cold outside.  Don’t forget to put on your mittens.  I baked and created made these winter inspired cupcakes with these simple, sugar,ice-blue mittens on the top.  Perfect after a winter walk, sitting by the fire (or radiator) with a hot chocolate or something stronger…Keep warm in the winter, my lovelies.

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