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Thursday, May 5

If you want to get your creative juices flowing and make some standout cakes and sugarcraft work, then look no further than this new issue.

We know you love modelling tutorials, and we’ve got you covered with plenty of options to choose from. Fancy something to reflect the warmer weather? Try your hand at recreating Vicky Teather’s cute bee cake. Trying to come up with a creative birthday centrepiece? The dino-mite dinosaur cover cake is 3D and would be perfect for both children and adults alike. Want to gift something personal this Father’s Day? Celebrate all the fathers out there and have a go at modelling your own figure and veggie patch.

This impressive Queen Bee centrepiece by Vicky teather is perfect for a birthday or summer party
This impressive Queen Bee centrepiece by Vicky teather is perfect for a birthday or summer party
Celebrate Father’s Day this year with this modelled grandad and his veggies cake
Celebrate Father’s Day this year with this modelled grandad and his veggies cake

If you, like many, find yourself falling down the cookie art rabbit hole while scrolling online, fear not! You don’t need to be a professional baker to excel at decorating these edible pieces of art. Self-taught cookie artist Juliette Arciuolo’s bridal shower tutorial offers you easy-to-follow royal icing techniques, allowing you to make interesting textures and add dimension to your cookie designs.

Try your hand at these easy boho royal icing bridal shower cookies
Try your hand at these easy boho royal icing bridal shower cookies
Recreate these sweet strawberry and ladybird mini cakes by Emily Hankins
Recreate these sweet strawberry and ladybird mini cakes by Emily Hankins

And that’s not the only trend we’re jumping on! From simple chocolate work and straightforward hand-painted designs to different decorating styles of drip cakes, one using ganache and one using cookie icing.

Innovative wedding cake designer Trudy Mitchell’s latest project hits the mark as usual, working with wafer and rice paper sheets to create showstopping structures and delicate decorations.

An ocean-inspired centrepiece with rice paper waves and shimmery coral
An ocean-inspired centrepiece with rice paper waves and shimmery coral
This seasonal layer cake is a guaranteed showstopper and tastes just as delicious as it looks
This seasonal layer cake is a guaranteed showstopper and tastes just as delicious as it looks

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about one of the most popular trends: flowers. Incorporating flowers into your cakes and sugarcraft creations never goes out of style. Whether it be in the form of a classic sugar arrangement or as a piped buttercream cupcake bouquet, flip through the pages and see for yourself just how versatile flowers can be.

Needless to say, there’s a bunch of techniques for you to try out, which will keep you busy over the next few months.

Elena Wilkinson
Elena Wilkinson's white sugar flowers are the latest arrangement in her Rainbow series
Sarah hunter
Sarah hunter's bright and colourful buttercream cupcake bouquet

One thing’s for sure – if you want to get better at decorating techniques, you’ll need to take the time to practice them. And hey, once you master them, perhaps you will have found your niche! You might then even consider turning your hobby cakes into a blossoming business. If so, take a look at regular consultant Lauren Grace Smy’s top tips article for ways to help boost your baking business potential.

And if you’re in need of more advice, Lauren is offering a free six month membership to her Honey Bee Cake Academy. Head over to the Competitions Page to check it out!

This pretty pudding would be fit for a queen, particularly for celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!
This pretty pudding would be fit for a queen, particularly for celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

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