Competitors, celebrities, and connoisseurs of the cake and sugar arts universe will gather in Austin on February 26 and 27 to behold fantastic feats of confectionery curiosities as part of the “Caked Crusaders: Super Heroes and Super Villains” theme of the 2011 “That Takes the Cake!” Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition.
“The Show Cake competition challenges decorators from around the world to create an enormous piece to match our exciting theme,” said Kyla Myers, president of Capital Confectioners, the organization that hosts the show every year. Show cakes have a minimum height of 24 inches and are held to extremely high judging standards.
In the divisional competition, kids and beginners through to professionals and masters can enter categories such as wedding cakes, novelty cakes, or confections. Although the theme is only required of the show cake section, divisional entrants can also choose to incorporate the theme into their entries. The show itself also features the theme in decorations, t-shirts, and more.
“Cake can be a serious business, but it’s also a lot of fun. Our show is about the complete enjoyment of everyone’s favorite treat,” Myers said.
Jennifer Bartos, Show Director and owner of All in One Bake Shop, agreed. “We always hear that while our show elevates the elegance and beauty of this art form, it’s our Austin-style spin on the traditional that brings people back again and again.”
The Austin cake show has established a solid national and international reputation for excellence and hospitality, according to Bartos. “In just seven years we’ve gone from being a small event in the corridor of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school to now needing more than fifty thousand square feet to hold the event. As one of the top three cake shows in the country we attract many of the best in the industry: television personalities like Mike McCarey, Lauren Kitchens, Nicholas Lodge, Marina Sousa, James Rosselle, and Michelle Bommarito are only some of this year’s wonderful guests teaching classes and serving as judges for the competition.”
Myers added that the prestige of having the star of the film “Kings of Pastry” appear for a Q&A after a screening of the film for the Saturday night dinner event highlights the wide reach of the show. “It will be exciting to have Jacquy Pfeiffer discuss the documentary that features his quest for the prestigious MOF award. Chef Pfeiffer has been with us before as a judge and instructor.”
Members of the public are welcome to share in this super-heroic event as spectators, competitors, or students. “Classes are filling up fast,” Bartos said, “and the deadline for online registration for the competition is February 22, but we will accept divisional entries at the door up until 10:00 am on Saturday.” Bartos recommends that anyone interested in competing register right away at thattakesthecake.org.
General admission includes viewing competition entries, access to the vendor area, informal demonstrations, and the awards ceremony. This year the show also features a special all-day event on Saturday, February 26 where most of the competitors from TLC’s “The Next Great Baker” will team up once again to make super-hero themed cakes. This special event is also included in the general admission price, meaning there’s more to see and do than ever.