Welcome to the Issue 2.06 / June 2013 of the CakesDecor Gazette
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Hello Lovelies,
It’s been an incredibly hectic time at my house this month! I keep hearing myself saying “when things calm down, we will….” and “when things get back to normal…” But I’m slowly starting to think that maybe this is our normal…at least for now.
I don’t know about you, but I find it a constant battle trying to juggle everything I have going on, making those I love feel important and loved AND all the while trying to do it with a smile on my face, never complaining and really not fooling anyone.

It’s with thoughts of this struggle we all face that I want to remind us all that we…make…cakes! We toil for hours, spends hundreds, sometimes thousands on tools, ingredients, classes and books all to see that amazed smile, hear that delighted squeal and sometimes even go to mush inside at the sight of a happy tear or two. Even with all the time, money and hard work, it’s still just cake…without the wonderful people in your life to share it with…it’s just cake….without your family to be quietly proud of you even though they complain about being Cake Widows….it’s just cake.
So please, next time you read something negative or horrible in the Cake Community, don’t let it turn you off or dishearten you, remember that without all the good things in our wonderful community of family, friends, bakers and cakers…it really would be…just cake 

Raewyn :) x

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What's Happening

It's been a busy month! We have some stunning cakes to share with you in our Top 5 Cakes of the Month and a couple of brilliant tutorials you will love!

Our interview this month is with the incredible Karen Portaleo!

There are some familiar faces in our 15 Minutes of Fame feature and we revisit our Cake Decorators of the Week for May.

Enjoy! :)


10 000 Members

We've reached 10 000 members on 6th June 2013 and it took us 1 year, 7 months and 5 days. You had a chance to take a guess when we'll reach 10 000 members on CakesDecor and win our T-shirt. The closest guess was 6/7/2013 by Calli from Callicious Cakes. Congrats! 

Read more here.


Cake Decorator Of The Week

Our fabulous CakesDecor Decorators of the Week for May were.......

Callicious Cakes


Miss Couture



May Interview - Karen Portaleo


I studied art at the Ringling School of Art and Design, jewellery at Georgia State University, jewellery, enamelling, copper smithing, glass and porcelain at Penland School, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Atlanta College of Art.

I’ve had a colourful career path so far ranging from teaching Ballroom dance at 16 to designing jewellery for a large design house, to mural and sign painting. In 1995 I started my own business as a prop and set designer for the advertising industry. My client list included Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Target, Maybelline, Dove and Hershey’s.

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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.


Date: JUNE 29, 2013, 12 PM – 5 PM

Link: http://cakesdecor.com/topics/849


15 Minutes of Fame

Eeeek!!! Tracey Rothwell features on MTV Geek!!!

In May fabulous Tracey Rothwell, owner of Little Cherry Cake Company was featured on the Holy Grail of all things ‘Too cool for school’ – MTV Geek!!! Here she is pictured with one of her Scary Idols, Robert Englund...now that's ONE way to eat a cupcake! Click here to read the full article. Tracey has also recently been featured in the Lancashire Telegraph, you can read about that here.
Congratulations Tracey!! :) x

 Shereen of Shereen's Cake and Bakes has launched her first book!

Woohoo! Lovely Shereen of Shereen’s Cakes and Bakes just had her first book published! How exciting!
I would like to offer Shereen my congratulations and best wishes on the success of this gorgeous book, well done Shereen :) x

You can purchase a copy of Party Cakes here.

 Shereen of Shereen's Cakes and Bakes launches her first book!

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 May

The Little Owl Violinist


Who wouldn't love these fabulous little guys? They ooze cuteness and make you happy when you look at them. Gorgeous colours and wonderful details! Well done Ana :)

Pin Up Vintage Cake

Torte Di Ivana

I love this stunning Pin Up cake by Ivana! The colour palette is beyond stunning..the modelling superb and the painting is swoon-worthy!! Another jaw-dropping success from the Master, well done Ivana! :)

Skull Handbag and Shoe

Verusca Walker

This look from Verusca is bordering on 'iconic'! I don't use the term lightly but I feel like I'm watching style being created before my eyes! Brilliant work Verusca, very well done :)

Masquerade Lady Cake


Ooohhh....I'm in awe of this cake and the talent it took to create! Cecilia has shown in one move how incredible her sense of style and design is. This work leaves me astonished...full of joy and running to hang up my spatula forever ;) 

Vintage High Tea


Isn't this just beautiful? Can't you just hear the clinking of exquisite china and tinkling of expensive polished silverware? This stunner takes me straight to High Tea with the Hoi Polloi! Beautiful work Chrissy! :)

Cake This Tute

We really are spoilt for choice on CakesDecor.com with so many incredible FREE tutorials available to us. I would like to thank everyone that has so kindly shared their knowledge with us all.

This months gorgeous Cake This Tute features the beautiful Princess Doll Tutorial by our wonderful and multi-talented member Calli of Callicious Cakes!

I think Calli's doll cakes are the best I have seen and I can't wait to try this out....her piping skills are beyond belief so i will be stretching myself ridiculously, so please wish me luck everyone!

Thanks for so generously sharing your amazing talent with us Calli :)

Go to tutorial

How can you get involved?

If you use this technique and post the results on CakesDecor.com you will be in the running to win a prize. Just add a description and tag it with "g201". We will choose some and showcase them in the next issue of our Gazette.

Cake This Tute Review by Raewyn

This month my tutorial review is

Stained Glass Effect Cake

by Tasha of


I have to say I adored using this tutorial. The whole thing was very clear and easy to follow and I found the hand painting and even the piping very relaxing! I plan on doing 3 other panels and haven't decided what to feature on the others yet, but I'll certainly enjoy making them. I can't say I recommend you try this in a caravan full of jumping children as I did...the things we do to get everything done haha! Thanks so much Tasha, this was a fabulous tutorial and a technique I've wanted to try for ages :)

Here is how I used the Bi-Colour Rose I made using Lisa of LMCakeDesign's gorgeous tutorial. It was for a Mothers Day fundraiser at Holly's school so I went for some brighter colours than I would usually try.

I loved learning this new technique and felt very clever making it with my hands instead of cutters. Thanks for sharing with us Lisa :)

How can you get involved?

If you use this technique and post the results on CakesDecor.com you will be in the running to win a prize. Just add a description and tag it with "g201". We will choose some and showcase them in the next issue of our Gazette.

Kitchen Talk

Check out this amazing new technique that will make your life easier: 3D Sugar Printing. I know that there is something special about toppers crafted by hand, but could you imagine the potential this technique could offer?

Read more here >

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