Hellllllooooo!! It has been a VERY long time since I wrote a blog post. About three years, almost to the day in fact. In general, life took over, I was busy with orders, and I kind of fell out of love with my old website so couldn’t really be bothered putting the effort in if the truth be told! However, now I have a shiny new website (thanks to Smart Bear Websites) and I’m feeling pretty motivated to start blogging again. Happy Days. So, what’s happening at the moment? Well, in terms of orders and practical work, not a great deal. I’m currently having my kitchen renovated so no work space, no orders. Lots going on behind the scenes though- work on the website, planning for classes etc… and this! Yes! I’m now writing for Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft Magazine (The BEST SELLING Sugarcraft Magzine!!!) which in itself is just so exciting for me, but as an added injection of giddiness, my little robot model got to be the main feature on the front cover!! How excited am I?! (Small hint- VERY). I’m so honoured to be asked to write for the magazine, and I’ve been given a monthly feature, so you’ll be seeing me appear again in the magazine for Marie’s Monthly Modelling Class. A couple of tutorials are already photographed and more planned ready to make! Just like my Monthly Modellers Classes, the tutorial is very step by step and explains everything in detail. Once you’ve learnt how to make the different shapes and how to put them together, you could adapt the tutorial for a different colour scheme, or change the shapes to design your own robot. This little model would be great for a birthday cake, or you could even use it for a Valentine’s/Anniversary cake by making a partner to sit with your robot. And well….it’s got to be done hasn’t it….had to nip to WHSmith at The Trafford Centre on Friday when the magazine was out in the shops to get a cheeky selfie. Slightly embarrassing when the manager came up to ask if I was ok, but hey, not every day you get to be a cover star is it??? Looking forward to next month already!
24th January 2015
At Marie’s Bakehouse we offer a range of different classes, but one of our most popular ones is the Monthly Modeller Class. As the name suggested we meet once a month to model something different each time. Here are some of the things we’ve modelled already…… a witch an elf an owl a dragon a beach scene and an afternoon tea And these are all the work of students- not mine. We’ve also made a mermaid, Santa, a pirate, handbags, a princess, trains, cars and teddy bears to name but a few! If you’d like to join us, you can find a full list of classes here with our next class being Ronnie the Robot on Wednesday 28th January 7-9pm. We do have a regular group of ladies who come to most classes, or those that come to ones that take their fancy. As well as learning, and being creative for two hours, we have a good natter, cups of tea and coffee and I bring along something I’ve baked (using my ladies as guinea pigs for my latest recipe hahaha), or if I’m very lucky, one of the ladies bakes for us instead!! Everything is provided, all you need to bring is a box to take your creation home. It’s a really nice relaxing evening, so if you fancy coming one night to one of our Monthly Modeller Classes, you would be very very welcome! You can message me on my fb page www.facebook.com/MariesBakehouse or via email at email@example.com
13th October 2014
This Wednesday 15th October 7-9pm sees the next adult Monthly Modeller class, which will be Brenda the witch. www.facebook.com/MariesBakehouse to book.
4th February 2014
It’s February. It’s cold, wet, pretty dull most of the time, and we’re desperately thinking about some summer sun to brighten our days, and booking a holiday to keep us going til then aren’t we? Well, if you are into cake baking and decorating I have the perfect holiday for you! Last May I was lucky enough to go away on a French Cake Break with two friends, one who has a cake business not far from me in Manchester, and another who is a keen baker and just starting out on the road of learning how to decorate her masterpieces. A fairly mixed bag of experience between us, but what we produced pleased all of us in equal measures. French Cake Breaks are run by my wonderful friend Rhu of Pimp my Cake and Claire of Gite La Nougayrede. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that I’m giving a glowing report because Rhu is my friend, what you are about to read is a true reflection of how much I enjoyed the week. Because I did enjoy it. Immensely. Of the week we spent away, two days accounted for travelling there and back, and relaxation time, and on one day we had a visit to Sarlat Market, a wonderfully typical French market town where you can buy souvenirs to take home, including all the local delicacies. The remaining time is spent at the gite in classes with Rhu, who is very generous with her knowledge and I picked up lots of extra hints and tips along the way, as well as the teaching for all three projects. Rhu runs a beginner’s week, an intermediate week, and now also a fabulous week learning how to make Marissa the mermaid. Oh how I would love to go back and take this week of classes!!
During our stay we made a bride and groom, a high heeled shoe and a car, all of which came back in the hand luggage!(I know my groom has a bit of a lean- but I know why it happened and I learnt from it- all part of the class experience!)
The accommodation is extremely comfortable and the meals provided are amazing, Claire is a fabulous cook, also making some amazing puddings. Add some lovely local wine to the mix- I’d make sure you pack the elasticated trousers!
If you are thinking about taking a French Cake Break, I can honestly, whole heartedly recommend it. I had the most wonderfully relaxing week, enjoyed fabulous hospitality and learnt an amazing amount in the short time we were there. I’d definitely go back if I had the opportunity to. Don’t hesitate any longer- go and book that holiday!!!
You can find out more about French Cake Breaks here, hear the latest news on fb here and find more about what Rhu is up to here .
Let me know if you go- I’d love to see the holiday snaps!