That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition


That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition was the first cake show I have ever been to…and I decided to enter. Not the decorating category with other newbie but the tasting competition with all the amazing professional pastry chefs that do this as a job. What was I thinking? Oh yeah I remember…I know food and it is a tasting competition so how hard could it be? Then of course I wanted to enter all 5 categories plus some. I had the recipes picked out, ingredients bought to test everything out and then life happened (the flu, a family engagement party, a death, last minute help for another blogger….I could go on…) So did I quit? No! I did back off a little but probably should have dropped a few more categories. Oh well, I did it. I conquered my fear and entered. And my Lavender Blueberry Angel food cake pulled 3rd! It wasn’t the prettiest but it sure did taste pretty amazing! Note to self: things need to look pretty, ALWAYS!


So on to the show. It was amazing, inspiring, overwhelming and completely intimidating. There are really some talented people who enter these competitions.


cake show 2

Even some of the kids were pretty fantastic.


Walking around the showroom floor you can just tell the countless hours put into the pieces. The show pieces were fantastic too. They were tall, interesting and unbelievable; the theme was All Clear for Cake off!

show cakes

And then there were all the vendors; fondant, isomalt, airbrush, molds, edible images, printed sugar sheets, shoe kits. Wow! I could totally get in trouble. Unfortunately, most of it would probably sit in my craft room with all the other projects I’ve yet (afraid) to tackle. When I boiled down what I was interesting in it came to 2 things, fondant and isomalt. I have all the tools for fondant so I’ll start there not to mention my prize of purple fondant! Will probably need some lessons but hope to improve in the next year so I can face my fears and enter the decorating competition next year. As for the tasting competition, I’ll probably give that a whack again too but will be sure to remember the 10 things I learned this year!  Overall it was a great show and look forward to next year as we celebrate “Time of Ages.”


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Comments: 3

  1. HungryLittleGirl February 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Melissa congratulations to your great 3rd place! I hope to see the recipe for this cake soon here on your blog! I am impatiently waiting for it :)

    • Melissa February 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm Reply

      Post goes live on Wednesday!

  2. Lisa February 26, 2013 at 7:27 am Reply

    Congrats! The elaborately decorated cakes are pretty impressive, but that is a whole other category and realm of cake-making. in terms of which one I want to eat, it is yours, hands down! I am also eagerly awaiting the recipe. :-)

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