COVID-19 – Live teaching event update:
As most of our students travel from overseas, flying currently into UK means any traveller upon arrival at any UK airport must go into quarantine by law and self isolate for 14 days. For David to be able to teach live at the event venue, social distancing rules set out by the UK government will realistically have to be completely relaxed. David's teaching approach involves very close creative interaction, sitting next to each student during 1 to 1 demonstrations, as well as sharing equipment and materials. Once the pandemic is over and government restrictions lifted, live cake decorating courses will resume and event dates will be announced on David Cakes website.
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Presented by David MacCarfrae
Enjoying time-out at home in his garden in Liverpool England
“During this year we have experienced very sad times, our lives have been changed forever and everything has been brought into perspective regarding what is important in life – unity and the celebration of simply embracing each day with thanks and enjoying every single moment.
In this, my 56th year, I feel most blessed to be able to continue with my journey which realistically began 50 years ago this year, when I picked up my first ever piping bag while helping my Mum decorate cakes in the kitchen when I was only 6 years old.
I would like to welcome you to another new special feature page, where I will be posting all the latest David Cakes cake decorating news, while taking time out to share with you what is going on in my creative world.
So please join me as we continue our journey together, celebrating art and free-hand creativity today and everyday.
With sincere best wishes as always
“This is a dedication to my Mum Hilda, who has given me so much unconditional support, wisdom and guidance through all of my life. We have shared incredible and truly wonderful adventures together, working side by side at David Cakes from the very beginning, making what we considered ‘impossible dreams’ become a reality! It was my Mum who initially rang Buckingham Palace and promoted her son’s passion for cake decorating art, which ultimately gave me the opportunity to create not just one, but two Royal Wedding Cakes for the British Royal Family. Going from strength-to-strength Mum marketed David Cakes at every opportunity while networking with trade and commerce, ultimately achieving national recognition for the business, which was rewarded with multi-business awards from television and The National Training Awards council. In 1993 Hilda personally received ‘Business Woman of the Year’ award. Yes! – my humble Mum Hilda – ‘the determined and tenacious lady’ as she became known in chamber of commerce was David Cakes business marketing ‘power house’ – who without her energy and dedication, I would not be here today, celebrating my own business success.
In 2002 after tragically losing Dad to cancer, Mum felt it was time for her to retire from David Cakes and walk a different path with her life as she became very much involved with helping the homeless and many charities. She also embraced her favourite pastime – good old fashioned home-baking.
Mum’s now 82 years old. She’s still looking great and she’s still baking those delicious home-made cakes – which I truly enjoy! – hence me now being on my latest diet! I Love you my Mum – always x”
“Since the internet became available to the public in 1991, time and change have shaped the design of websites. As technology has evolved, so have opportunities to make new ideas, realistic and exciting possibilities! When David Cakes website first launched in 1995 , it was a new and very exciting era in business. Realistically I should say David Cakes ‘websites’, as since the initial launch 25 years ago, there have been many versions that have followed. As cake design trends changed and realistically website business competition became more intense, the objective was always to improve the look and presentation of each new David Cakes website created, when compared to the last.
In 2019 David Cakes started working with a new and innovative website design and hosting company ‘Sparkz Network’ based in Liverpool England, run by 25 year old website design specialist Callum, who not only offers new state of the art visionary web design concepts, but also an interactive bespoke design service to all clients. I commissioned Sparkz Network to not only create the 2019 David Cakes website, but also teach me new web design life-skills in order for me to be able to create more independently within the website, while still working, as I continue to do so with Callum, embracing his technical guidance and expert advice.
David Cakes website has now gone through another evolutionary re-invention, presenting a fresh new look for 2020. As business moves forward into another exciting chapter of it’s journey, I thank Callum for giving me the opportunity to be creatively challenged by technology with infinite possibilities.
Hosted by Caroline Rhea
With International Judges
David MacCarfrae | Alexandria Pelegrino | Gordon Bailey
Produced in Canada by Bucks Productions
“With that ever so serious facial expression during the opening credits (which always makes me laugh!) CAKE WALK is still ‘doing the rounds, so to speak. After it’s initial premiere in Canada in 2011, the 13 part TV series has been syndicated into 13 countries around the world and now in 2020 is showing on Amazon Prime UK and USA. Every time I re-watch an episode, I smile and still feel so honoured to have been contracted as a judge for this television series, that was an amazing opportunity to have been given and experience during in my career.”
“During the last 8 years, myself and my technical assistant Edward have had the pleasure of working with ice cream and bakery ingredient manufacturing corporation ‘Kelmy’ based in Jijona, a town located on the south eastern coast of Spain. Established in 1953, Kelmy is a family run business, now with the third generation managing business operations, setting up many product distribution ports around the world. All Kelmy products are made with 100% natural ingredients and are gluten free. Kelmy superior quality products have been awarded with Halal and Kosher approved certification, making Kelmy multi-culturally friendly for everyone to enjoy!
David Cakes is most honoured to be working with Kelmy, assisting with new product development, marketing and product promotion. We have also been given the opportunity to travel around the world with Kelmy, attending many international cake decorating shows and bakery expos, showcasing new products through live demonstration while encouraging audience participation. As we plan ahead for new and exciting joint adventures, David Cakes feels most blessed to have experienced such an incredible journey with Kelmy and we look forward to enjoying many more great times, as we continue our creative journey together!”
[FEATURED PHOTOGRAPH] David and Edward celebrate free-hand creativity with Kelmy Managing Director Inés during a live cake decorating demonstration showcasing new superior quality Kelmy cake decorating products at an international food and bakery expo in Hong Kong
David and Edward celebrate with international students
David Cakes Academy in Liverpool
“My cake decorating journey started realistically when I was 6 years old, helping my Mum decorate cakes in the kitchen at home. I never anticipated that one day I would doing the same and sharing my knowledge of cake decorating, not just in Liverpool, but around the globe!
I feel so blessed and most privileged to have met and created with so many beautiful people from all over the world who have attended David Cakes cake decorating events. I thank all the event organisers and students who made myself and Edward feel so welcome and we will always cherish the memories of the special times we shared – Thank you so much x”
“I would like to thank all the wonderful students who have attended David Cakes teaching events. Beyond the classroom friendships continue and as time moves on we may drift apart, but you are never forgotten.
Every so often, during a cake show or a bakery expo, out of the blue, I hear a – ‘Hello David!” – called out from the crowd and I turn around and it’s one of my students who has come along to the enjoy the show. For me it is always a wonderful moment as we catch up and embrace great memories and share progress.
In June 2016, the morning of my 52nd birthday started with a very special greeting sent via facebook!
A group of cake decorators in Germany, who I had had the honour of teaching and meeting at various cake shows in Europe, had each created a personalised birthday tribute – just for me!
So much free-hand creativity and precious time had been given in order to make day a very special one – which it did!
The years may have passed, but I will always remember and cherish those beautiful creations presented to me, which I was so honoured to have received.
I thank you all and wish you a fantastic day x”
David’s cake decorating journey spans an incredible 50 years
From humble beginnings David has become internationally renowned
Free-hand piping specialist | Cake maker to The British Royal Family
International reality TV series judge | Website designer | Consultant
National Training Award winner | TV Business Awards winner
David truly has experienced an incredible journey
“I have to pinch myself when I say it is 50 years since I first sat down with my Mum in the kitchen and started decorating cakes. At the age of 6, I remember the process of decorating cakes to be such an exciting and amazing thing to do – “It was what I wanted to do when I grew up!!”
Now grown up I am still a big kid at heart! – still getting so excited when I start decorating cakes!
I feel very lucky to have had my Mum and Dad encouraging me to follow my dreams to wherever they were going to take me. I guess I didn’t really know where, but something deep within my heart was my guide – and that ‘inner feeling’ is still there, still encouraging me to keep going forward and push my creative boundaries higher and higher!
So where from here? – Simply keep working hard and enjoy every moment!
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