Established July 1999
What an exciting time!
I have never attended a whole weekend at Cake International and certainly never entered a competition there, so it was both an exciting and terrifying experience at the same time.
I was absolutely thrilled to achieve a Gold Medal in the Wedding Cake Category at the biggest cake show in the world.
I had a trememndous time at the show meeting up with sugarcraft friends old and new and took loads of photos. Visit My Facebook page to see photographs of the incredible exhibits and competition entries I saw.
I have always loved woodland themes, and when FPC Sugarcraft were going to release a new bark mould, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to design a cake around it.
The finished cake took 117 hours to make and included the following:
* Hand modelled characters - Squirrel, snail and mouse
* Pastillage and royal icing run out bench
* Hand cut silhouettes
* Brush embroidered and hand painted second tier
* Miniature bonsai Japanese Maple with sugar leaves
* Unbreakable Gel spiders web
* Lifelike sugar brambles, fern, oak and maple leaves and twigs
* Three varieties of modelled fungi
* Novelty base tier airbrushed and dusted to achieve the colouration
* Novelty cake separator holding sugar acorns and hazel nuts
I really hope you like it.
For more images, visit the Facebook page and you will be inundated! lol
I am thrilled to have won Best Cakes for Region 2 South Wales and Central at the Welsh National Wedding Awards after being a finalist for the third year running.
We went along to the wonderful Alice in Wonderland Themed Awards evening at the Stunning Brangwyn Hall, Swansea along with all the talented individuals in the wedding world in Wales.
The Awards also raised money for Ty Gobaith in North Wales as their charity.
Congratulations to all those that were shortlisted or won awards on the night. Thrilled to be one of you.
Thank you to whoever nominated me and to all those that voted for me. I really appreciate it.
Did you see the cake celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Wales Millennium Centre on the news at the end of November 2014?
I was delighted to be commissioned by Future Inns Cardiff to create the cake as their gift to the Millennium Centre.
The cake was on display for the day at the Millenium Centre for all to see and was on both the ITV and BBC Wales News.
Very Exciting and thrilled to be asked to make such an iconic building.
I entered the prestigeous Salon Culinaire competition at The Hospitality Show at the Birmingham NEC on Monday the 19th to Wednesday the 21st January 2015 and was absolutely thrilled to win gold for my wedding cake, and Silver and First in Class for my pastillage piece.
I had always wanted to make a miniature decorative exhibit, so it was a real delight to make my Harry Potter-styled piece. It was very terrifying taking my work there to be judged, but I received wonderful and helpful feedback which will be invaluable in my quest for progression.
Just waiting for the photographs from collecting my awards at the show.
I am thrilled to share that I received gold and 1st place for my small decorative exhibit entry at Cake International in March 2015
Allister Sassafeas is a leprechaun illustrated in Arther Spiderwicks Field guide from The Spiderwick Chronicles. I have always loved the beautiful illustrations in the book, and this was the perfect time to try my hand at making a character from an illustration alone, as he never appeared in the film.
He was made from sugarpaste, a little pastillage, and chocolate paste. He is 9 1/2" tall.
The cotton is edible too. I hope you like him.
I am thrilled to tell you that I will be joining the ShugaRush team for Cake International Birmingham 2015
ShugaRush is a collaboration of gold award winning cake artists creating installations for Cake International
Visit the Facebook page for updates and to see who the fantastically talented Sugarcrafters are in the group.
Click here to visit the Facebook page.
From Summer 2015 I will be teaching courses at the fabulous shop, The Vanilla Valley in Nantgarw,Cardiff.
The first of these classes is now on the bookings page, the popular woodland tree trunk course with modelled mouse. Based on my Gold medal winning woodland wedding cake.
I am very excited about this new venue, and really look forward to it.
Visit the Bookings page for more information.
This course is available to be taught at other venues, please email for details.
I was thrilled to be asked to write a blog post on how to create bark effects on cakes.
It has step by step photographs on texturing the sugarpaste and airbrushing to the finished colours.
Do you follow Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School on Facebook? It is a fantastic community
Out now in the Winter 2015-2016 issue of Squires Kitchen Cakes and Sugarcraft Magazine.
My Its Christmas Tutorial to make a three tier christmas cake with hand painted cut out buildings and modelled additional features.
Available from WHSmith, Barnes and Noble, selected supermarkets and direct from squires Kitchen
Make sure you keep an eye on Cake magazines so that you don't miss my tutorials.
If you would like to see what awards I have won, visit the awards page.
It has been a wonderful competition season and I am now settling in to make wedding cakes non-stop until November, but make sure you head over to the awards page to see pics.
I am honoured to share that I was invited to judge alongside the incredible talented Rhu Strand, Daniel Dieguez, Ceri Griffiths and Palo Barker (sponsor) for :
The Great British Cake Decorator 2016
in association with Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine
Right is the wonderful introduction I was given on the website to introduce me as a judge.
I am really looking forward to seeing all your wonderful work, and I hope you will enter, even if you haven't entered a competition before.
Read the rules and all the information about the competition on the link below.
Have you caught Rosie's Crafty Kitchen on The Craft Channel yet?
I am so excited to be a regular guest presenter.
Keep an eye on the programme listings for upcoming shows. I will post on my facebook when I am on next.
Rosie's Crafty Kitchen is on every Thursday 1pm and 5pm and will feature different guest presenters and products.
It has been a very exciting year, and what a wonderful way to finish the run of cake shows off by being honoured to have my own feature at the show. I am pleased to present The Faraway Tree at Cake International
There is a magical place called the Enchanted Wood where the trees have leaves darker than usual and sing wisha-wisha-wisha. Deep in the very middle stands The Faraway Tree. This giant and wondrous tree bears an ever-changing array of different fruits from acorns to plums all at the same time.
Unusual and delightful characters have carved their homes into the tree. Come visit Moonface in his house, and meet his friends the Old Saucepan Man, the angry pixie and Silky’s clock. If you pay him with toffee he’ll lend you a cushion to slide round and round, down the centre of the tree on the Slippery-slip.
This feature was inspired by the captivating books from The Faraway Tree Series by much-loved and prolific English author of children’s books, Enid Blyton 1897-1968.
'The Magic Faraway Tree' series by Enid Blyton, published by Hodder Children's Books, an imprint of the Hachette Children's Group. Illustrations by Dorothy Wheeler.
Visit my facebook page to see more photographs of the display as they are added, and all the wonderful people that came to visit.
July 2019 I celebrated 20 years in business.
Dragons and Daffodils Cakes is a mixture of creating cakes and teaching and demonstrating, so advance bookings are always recommended.
I teachfrom my premises in Abercynon and travel further afield to teach private classes
So what have I been doing recently?
* After receiving a number of gold medals, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, I joined the judging team for the worlds largest Cake Show Cake International in 2017. Click here to visit Cake International page
* In 2017 I created two more solo features for Cake International
(Pictures can be found in dedicated albums on my facebook page)
* I re-started my YouTube channel in 2018 with free how to tutorials
* I have a new blog available on my school site
* I have filmed tutorials for the fab online school Pretty Witty Cakes and Cakeflix
* 2019 saw the release of my cake tutorial book "Cyril's cake adventure" which can be purchased from the school website. www.dragonsanddaffodilsschool.com
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