Welcome to the Issue 2.12 / December 2013 of the CakesDecor Gazette
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Hello my Lovelies,

Well it's that time of year again. The time we stress ourselves with long to-do lists, large crowds and not enough time to do all the things we committed to. But it's also the time of year that brings out the best in us. The joy we find in spending time with friends and family, the simple pleasure of sharing a meal with those you love. I have a commitment this Christmas....to someone I love....her name is Kate. You may have heard of her.

Gorgeous Kate is a much loved member of Australia's Cake Decorating Community, known best as The Greedy Baker. In July this year, Kate gave birth to a beautiful baby boy but just a week later she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma and had the first of 2 brain tumours removed.

These are Kate’s words:

"After I returned from the first brain op, I asked Richard to keep working on our house renovation. We spent the last money on decking timber. It may sound trite and stupidly ridiculous to others but all I could concentrate on in those early days was seeing where my family was going to be after I was gone.

I couldn't bear the thought of not seeing where they were... It still and does make me fraught with panic, of not being able to picture where my children are playing, where my husband is showering, where they will sit to dinner, where they will play all the board games that I planned to whip their butts at, where my kids will sit alone in their rooms looking at pictures of me.

I want to see plants in my barren backyard. I want a shed for my husband to tinker. I want the 3rd 'bedroom' (currently a storeroom) carpeted and turned into a bedroom for my little girl. A room I can make special just for her, a room her mum made for her. I guess I want too many things.

I just thought there would be time"

While we have all rallied around Kate emotionally, we recently became aware that due to a credit card expiry date, Kate missed being covered by her insurance policy's 3 month waiting period for 'pre-existing conditions' clause by 5 days! This seems to add an even more unfair aspect to an already cruel and unfair situation.

Kate is a wonderful, kind, witty and talented person who's sparkling personality has won her many friends and followers in the 2 years I have known her. She has tirelessly worked in her cake business to help support her family and generously donated her time and beautiful work to local charities, schools and by way of free tutorials in the cake community.

Kate and her very young children, Eve, 3 and Maclan, 5 months are all being cared for by their amazing Dad, Kate's husband, Richard. He has been given leave by his very understanding company but as you can imagine, this itself presents another financial burden.

The International Cake Community has come together in many ways to support Kate and try to ease some of her burden by raising enough money to cover her medical bills and some pressing bills that have come from her illness.

I urge you to please give whatever you can, no matter how big or small a donation. We all know when we look at our children, this could be us.

All Kate wants is to spend some quality time with her beautiful family and we want to give that to her, financial worry free.

Please help in any way you can xxxxx

Helping Sweet Kate Facebook Page

My Cause Fundraising Page

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What's Happening

What a jam packed bumper Christmas issue we have for you this month!!

We have all the wonderful winners from the CakesDecor Tutorial contest! They're fabulous!

We have a beautiful Editors Choice and gorgeous Christmas 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.

And we have a special feature on one of the Cake world's most recent collaborations 'Bake a Christmas Wish'

Merry Christmas! :)


CakesDecor Tutorials Contest

You had a great opportunity to win special custom apron made by Calli and $100 cash just by posting a tutorial. Read more here.

Winner: 3D Minnie Cake Tutorial

1st Week Winner

A Gumpaste Bows on Gluten Free Sugar Cookies Card

2nd Week Winner

Don Quixote Cake - La Mancha Windmill #2: Part 2: Roof and Blades 

3rd Week Winner

Dog cupcakes #2: Bulldog cupcake topper

4th Week Winner

Fondant Penguin tutorial

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Christmas Themed Cakes

It's always great If you can find lot of Christmas Cakes together on one place. We picked some of them posted recently on CakesDecor for an inspiration. 

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



MG Sugar Cake

I remember seeing the first exciting glimpses of photos being posted from Cakes International and coming across this stunning piece and being utterly amazed all over again at just how incredibly beautiful sugar can be.

I think if I had been at the show, I would have caused a traffic jam because all I want to do is stare at this cake...yes...cake!! I could gaze at it all day. 

Thank you so much Maria and congratulations xx


Cake Decorator Of The Week

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



Alice van den Ham - van Dijk


The Violet Cake Shop


Bake a Christmas Wish

I was very honoured to be involved in another collaboration recently, raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Bake A Christmas Wish is a collaboration of bakers from around the world. We have come together to bake up a storm in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This magical charity helps terminally ill children realise their dreams, we are coming up to the most magical time of year – Christmas! What better time could there be to help out such a wonderful charity.

Each baker has created a piece of edible are that represents their favourite Christmas film and have also donated a tutorial or recipe that have been made into downloadable booklets that will be sold. Along with the proceeds from our raffle, we aim to raise as much money as possible for such a good cause.

You can see all the pieces at the Bake A Christmas Wish Facebook page

You can support us in 3 ways:
Buy one or all of our booklets that we have for sale here
Buy raffle tickets for our Wish raffle here
Donate money using our just giving page here

Lets Eat Cupakes

Take the Cake

Curiaussiety Custom Cakes

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.


15 Minutes of Fame
Callicious Cakes wins UK Christmas Cake Comp!!

Gorgeous and talented Calli of Callicious Cakes was announced as the UK winner of Cake Craft and Decoration Magazine’s 2013 Christmas Cake Competition!!

Calli won a fabulous stand mixer from Kenwood valued at £399.99!

Congratulations Calli!! So well deserved!!

Callicious Cakes CakesDecor Profile

Callicious Cakes Facebook Page

Cake Craft and Decoration 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 December

Wake up! It's almost Christmas time!


Oh what a magical creation!!! You almost want to whisper  when looking at this masterpiece so you don't wake the little mouse before his Mummy does!

As always, incredible details, brilliant design and perfect modeling from Antonella!



Christmas Cake

Julie Freund

Julie is such a multi talented cake artist and this is just more proof that she can do anything she sets her mind to!

Beautiful Julie :)

Handbag & Shoes Cake - Cake International Gold Entry


Wow! I wonder how many people at CI wanted to pop these little beauties on for a spin around the room? 

Absolutely stunning and a gorgeous clutch to match!

Well done CakeyBake :)

The Tree House- Gold award at Cake International

Karla (Sweet K)

Best in Show

Incredible detailing, perfect modeling and unique design....the hallmarks of Karla!

Congratulations Lovely :)

Bake a Christmas Wish - Frozen


You don't often see people falling in love with a cake subject from a yet to be released movie, but how could you not? 

Wonderful, magical and HUGE!!! You need to check out how big Laura's cake actually is!

Yes, I said CAKE!

Cake This Tute




I knew I was looking for a Christmas Tutorial for you all this month, but I would have had to share this bit of gorgeous even if it was Easter!! I adore this shade of red and it makes the whole finish very realistic. Bobbie has given us a wonderful, easy to follow tutoriasl that even a sugar novice could mange.

Thanks Bobbie and Merry Christmas Everyone :)

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Kitchen Talk

Copyright Help/Advice by My Cake Hole

Before she went to into business, Leigh made a couple of Marvel / DC cupcake sets, as well as some Disney themed sets. Since she has launched officially quite a few of her cautious friends have mentioned Copyright.

She knows there are many decorators who will purchase toys to go with cakes, so as not to “cross the line” But she would like to know what the boundaries are. If not, how do you all handle it?

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Cakesdecor stats & links

November 12, 2013

We are 14,629 cake decorators making 345,766 comments on 100,845 cakes, 964 blogs, 84 recipes, 501 tutorials, and 1,104 forum topics.

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