Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Aspiring Bakers Announcement: For Fondant Theme and Some New Changes (Please READ!)

There are a few important announcement to make.

Announcement #1

For Aspiring Bakers #16: Fun with Fondant! (February 2012), hosted by Yvonne of iceamericanos this month:

1) The closing date will be extended to 6th March 2012, and the roundup will be posted on the 7th March 2012. This is because I believe many bloggers are not aware that the new theme has already started on 1 February, and since this month is also shorter, we will extend the closing date so that you have more time to play with fondant. :)

2) To encourage members to play around with fondant this month, we also accept entries that do not come with any cake/cupcake/cookie recipes. As long as there is an attempt to make and decorate with fondant, we will accept it. (This exception is only for fondant theme this month only).

Announcement #2

From this month onwards, we will reveal our Aspiring Bakers new theme 1 month in advance. So you will know March's theme now, instead of 1 March 2012. Bloggers can now have more time to come up with the bakes/dishes and write about it. At the same time, the host will not have to rush doing the roundups (assuming that bloggers post up their entries earlier). :)

The rules of joining Aspiring Bakers remain the same. Means for March's theme, you post it on your blog between 1 March 2012 and 31 March 2012, and so on for the following months.

To take a peep at the upcoming themes, you can refer to Aspiring Bakers Page, scroll toward the end, under Upcoming Hosts. You can also check all the previous roundups here.


  1. That's some good change! I welcome the new change! Thanks for sustaining this AB!

  2. Just my thoughts: Honestly, I enjoy the "suspense" and anticipation while waiting for each month's AB theme to be revealed. It's kind of fun .... well... And, I dun think by revealing the theme earlier will solve the problem of the mad rush for host to do the roundups, cos there will always be bloggers who post their entries on the last day, hopefully not at the 11th hour! I will suggest to put a 2 days gap between cut-off date and rounding up date. For example: April's entries posted from 1 to 28 Apr, then roundup on May 1. For bloggers who are keen to participate, 2 days lesser to post their entries should not make much difference. But, I think the host will appreciate the breathing time.

  3. Thanks Jane! Do submit a few more fondant entries. :)

    Fong: Thanks for your feedback and suggestions.

    Actually, I also enjoy giving you all surprises. I always reminded the host not to reveal the theme. I'm sure a lot of faithful AB supporters look forward to the 1st day of each month for the roundup and see what theme is next.

    Ah, since I already started changing the rules, we'll see how it goes and whether it can solve the problem. This decision is made actually because the upcoming themes are getting harder and bakers might need more time to research about it before getting started.

    The new theme will not be officially announced until 1st day of each month. I will just put it on my AB page silently. The curious members can take a peep if they want to. Some bloggers who have a lot of backlog can also plan their post schedule if they have something to match with our themes.

    I will keep your idea to have a gap between cut-off date and rounding up date in mind. It's good to receive suggestions on how to improve this event to keep it going. Thanks and keep contributing! :)

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  6. can't recall whether I inform you about this. if have not, please hop over