August 2, 2015

Is my ‘BIBLE’ your ‘BIBLE’ – Nominations for the Cake Masters Awards are now open

Is my ‘BIBLE‘ your go to cake decorating ‘BIBLE‘?
If so, I’d love you to nominate it for the Cake Masters Best Book Award. All you need to do is say what you love about the book – it’s category 11 so please scroll down!!!!

Cover design of Lindy's contemporary cake decorating bible book

Is this your favourite go too book? If so please nominate it today!

This book, which I know has helped many of you on your cake decorating journeys, was the idea of my commissioning editor at the time, the very talented Jenny Fox-proverbs. It was a book she had to really persuade me to write – I knew it was going to be a very large undertaking, one where my life would be on hold for a quite considerable amount of time! Eventually I said yes, but what I hadn’t bargained for was Jenny leaving my publishers for bigger and better things, my lovely, also very talented, art editor also going and if I remember correctly my editor as well. So I was left very much to my own devices to come up with the content and decide the chapters etc. Thank goodness this wasn’t my first book!!

Since the publication of my ‘Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible‘ back in October 2011, I have received some amazing feedback and the internet is full of lovely reviews from right around the world. Many people tell be how the book has changed their lives but the most memorable and most heart warming was a lady I met last year at Cake International. This lady came up to me at my stand and simply said “You saved my life – I mean it you saved my life“. She went on to tell me how she had been in an incredibly dark place and that my book had rescued her and brought her back. Focusing on one page of the book at at time, she slowly but surely worked her way through the 160 pages learning new skills and techniques as she went. WOW!!

bible book - back cover

Full of colour, detail and inspiration…..!!!

If you have your own story to tell, of how my book has helped you, I’d really love to hear – if you wish you can simply add your comment in the box below (only your comment is published not your email) BUT better still I’d love you to nominate this book for this years Cake Masters Awards – would you do that for me?

The Cake Masters Magazine Awards, also known as the Cake Oscars, are the only major awards programme dedicated to recognising the best talent in the world of cake decorating and sugarcraft. The awards event is run in association with the leading show organisers, Cake International and last year I had the great privilege of presenting one of the prizes. To get a feel for the awards and spot some familiar faces take a look at last years short highlights. I’m the one in the red dress!

Thank you in advance for your nomination I do really appreciate it.
All the best
Lindy

Orange and Poppy Seed Australian Cake Recipe as baked by Lindy Smith

I fell in love with this delicious cake on a teaching trip to Australia a few years ago, the tangy flavour and interesting texture of the poppy seeds and orange peel have me hooked! It seemed that everywhere I travelled, everywhere I looked, a version of this delightful cake was always on offer. It was so simply scrumptious I could never resist.

I was absolutely delighted, on leaving, to… Continue reading

Cake Masters Magazine Feature Lindy Smith as their Cake Decorating Expert – February 2015 Issue

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Find Lindy inside!

I’ve been decorating cakes for 24 years, so have seen many changes in styles and techniques in that time. Cake decorating, like most crafts, is constantly evolving. New ideas, products and materials come and go however many of the basics remain the same. The internet is an amazing resource that we cake… Continue reading

See Lindy Smith Live on Stage at Cake International Manchester this coming weekend for FREE

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Lindy Smith named in Top 12 emerging female entrepreneurs to watch on Twitter by London PR Agency

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Create and Craft TV invite author Lindy Smith to demonstrate cakes from her ‘Mini Cakes Academy’ book

Over the years that I’ve been teaching and demonstrating cake decorating, I have appeared on various TV shows but  yesterday was my first appearance on Create and Craft TV. Create and Craft is a TV channel dedicated to all things craft, so when I heard that they wanted to feature my new ‘Mini Cakes Academy‘ book… Continue reading

Lindy Smith takes part in the CakeFu Masters Webinar Series

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Author and Business Woman Lindy Smith Short Listed for BizMum Award

My business, Lindy’s Cakes, came into being when my children were very small. At the time my husband had been made redundant so I made a decision to try and make a living from a hobby I was passionate about, cake decorating. I can’t say the road has been easy but it has been a thoroughly enjoyable journey. I never dreamt when I started that cakes would take me right… Continue reading

Ten Autumn Cupcake Challenge Finalists Judged by Lindy Smith and the Food Heaven Team from Cupcake Heaven Magazine

I was recently leafing through back issues of Cupcake Heaven magazine, on the look out for recipes, when I stumbled across a feature about last years Autumn Cupcake Challenge. It had completely slipped my mind that I had helped judge this competition! As you can tell from the photos it was very hot last September, but what I remember most about the event was not the heat but… Continue reading

Are you ready to improve your cake decorating skills?

When you spend quite a lot of time teaching, as I do, it’s a real treat to be a student occasionally. Yesterday I went on a fascinating painting course, I thoroughly enjoyed the class and the teacher was very knowledgeable. However sometimes during the day, I did feel as if I was back ‘at school’ and would get into trouble for not doing quite what was required! As a creative… Continue reading

Achica Living: Interview with the queen of cake decorating Lindy Smith

“There is never just one thing that leads to success for anyone. I feel it always a combination of passion, dedication, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time.” Lauren Conrad

I couldn’t agree more with this quote, you can work incredibly hard and have tonnes of passion but you also need to be in the right place at the right time! It was certainly… Continue reading

Is there a nut free alternative to ground almonds that I can use in a cake recipe?

Here at Lindy’s Cakes we are asked questions all the time and interestingly we receive many more questions about baking  then we ever do about cake decorating!! Now I love baking and have been baking for as long as I can remember, but I know that many of you are very new to this fascinating science and often need a little help and guidance. I therefore thought I’d share a… Continue reading

Cake designer Lindy Smith talks to Eric Smith on BBC Radio Shropshire’s Breakfast Programme

This morning I was up bright and early to drive north to BBC Radio Shropshire’s studio in Shrewsbury to be interviewed live on the Breakfast show. I love talking about my cakes, so it was a delight and a pleasure to answer Eric Smith’s questions on Shropshire Breakfast.

Book review for Lindy’s award winning ‘Creative Colour for Cake Decorating’ book

I love creating cakes and books that are a little different but still appeal. Over the years I have developed a style, which I am told is very recognisable, obviously not absolutely everyone’s cup of tea, but is one that has proved very popular. Books take a huge about of effort to plan, develop, create and write so I always love hearing what you have to say about my finished… Continue reading

Lindy Smith’s “Creative Colour for Cake Decorating” wins prestigious International Gourmand Cookbook Award for Best Pastry Sweets Book in the UK

My latest book, Creative colour for Cake Decorating  has just been honoured with the award for “Best Pastry Sweets Book in the UK” by the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards.  What fabulous news and such a lovely way to end 2013. I am absolutely thrilled, especially as this book has to be my favourite of… Continue reading

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