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We’ve got the official language for our 2014 show theme available for those who like to plan their awesome showcakes early:

Time is of the essence for our 2014 theme of “Cake of Ages”. Cake decorators and sugar artists are challenged to create wedding, novelty, or other cake styles that depict a point in time such as a moment, a year, a decade, or an era. This could be done via an iconic person of a bygone century, the motifs of a particular decade, an event that represents a period in history, or other interpretations of architecture, art, or even fashion styles that have come and gone. Judges will be looking for the application of the theme conceptually throughout the design; whatever is chosen should clearly indicate an obvious point in time. The options are timeless!

Registration, class information, and more will be available at soon. Stay tuned!


We had a fabulous Day of Sharing on Sunday and are very grateful to everyone who came! Here’s a summary of some of the things discussed and links the instructors wanted you to know about.

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

First was Kerri Morris who showed us how to make a lovely Art Deco cake. She mentioned Bake Magazine, which is free for “qualified readers with managerial responsibilities in the retail, bakery cafe and intermediate wholesaler baking business in the United States and Canada” according to their website. She’s participating in contest and would love votes here.

Kerri’s Art Deco cake. Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Next was Lauren Kitchens who demonstrated a modelling chocolate luggage box and had us all in stitches with her great stories and gossip. She also talked about pricing issues and her recent Yoda cake. Someone mentioned that she had a coupon for her Craftsy class on her website but I don’t see it on there…if I get a link I’ll update this later (UPDATE: go to and scroll down to the Cityscape Cakes section for a link to the coupon!).

Photo from Lauren’s blog.

Lauren Kitchens and Mary Carmen Del Rio on the stage at our Day of sharing. Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Lauren also has a YouTube video that show you her recipe and methodology for making modelling chocolate:

And a video on how not to do it!

Next, Mary Carmen Del Rio demonstrated a multi-tiered cake using non-toxic markers for decorative accents:

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Then Jennifer Bartos of Make it Sweet demonstrated the new Icing Images Sweet Accents system, and one was given away as a door prize!

Samples from the Icing Images Sweet Accent system on a cake. Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Our last demonstrator was Stephen Benison, who demonstrated his Fabric Flower technique, for which he also sells stencils on his site.

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Stephen has a how-to video on the Fabric Flowers here:

Stephen also demonstrated some other techniques, like his Funky Flowers, mini flowers, and other cake accents, as well as showing what students learned in the extended classes in the days before the Day of Sharing:

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Stephen would love some more Likes on his Facebook page!

The winner of this year’s Heart of the Club award went to Chris Cantrell! The club honours you for your contributions through the years, Chris!

Photo by Tien Bui.

Kimberly Chapman posted a full tutorial on how to make the purse cake balls she brought, so those of you who didn’t get one can make and chomp your own!

Photo by Kimberly Chapman.

Here’s a link to a compilation video showing more photos and some video clips from the demonstrations.

Thank you to everyone who attended, to our fabulous instructors, and to our sponsors:


Just got an email via Bake a Wish that there will be a bake sale to benefit West, TX hosted by Austin Bakes. Details and a sign-up form to bake or volunteer can be found here.



Our cake show has a fabulous Groupon deal that just started, but has limited quantities. So grab it while you can and tell a friend!

Also remember that the deadline to enter a cake, pre-register for a class, or get discounted online general admission tickets is February 15. So sign up now to avoid missing the competition, higher costs, longer lines, and full classes at the show!

You can also still sign up to volunteer or buy a t-shirt online, but after February 15 you have to take what’s available at the show itself.

Hope to see you at the show!


That Takes the Cake! has two special on-site competitions this year – a Cake Club Cake-Off Challenge (Saturday 2:30 – 4:30) and a Speed Wedding Cake Competition (Sunday 12:30 – 2:00). Email Jennifer Bartos if you are interested in participating and she will send you more information.


Capital Confectioners is happy to announce Craftsy as a new sponsor for the “That Takes the Cake” Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition this year! We’ve got an exciting partnership lined up that will involve hands-on demonstrations. More details coming soon, but for now we’d like to help spread word about their current Groupon for 50% off the cost of their excellent video classes:


Make It Sweet’s latest newsletter is all about our cake show and the upcoming deadlines so be sure to check it out and register for the cake show here! Early bird registration ends on January 18 so sign up now to get a discount.


Our latest newsletter is here, and it features bios from some of the wonderful instructors we’re hosting as part of the 2013 That Takes the Cake! Sugar Arts Show.

Sign up for Celebrity Classes here.

Sign up for the newly announced Mini Classes here.


Frosting Creators in San Antonio has posted registration information for their 2013 Day of Sharing and cake contest on Sunday May 5 at Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center.


We’ve got some phenomenal classes lined up for the next show so grab your spots while you can! Plus there’s an Early Bird Discount of 10% until Saturday, October 26. That’s just over a week so book now and save!

List and Registration

Here are some photos of the cakes you’ll be making in your classes:

Lambeth Bootcamp 301 and 401

Lambeth Bootcamp 301 and 401 with Kathleen Lange

Dragonflies & Water Lilies

Dragonflies & Water Lilies with Rick Reichart

Peacock Cake

Peacock Cake with Rick Reichart

UT Tower

UT Tower with Mike McCarey

Life-Size Sculpted Football Helmet

Life-Size Sculpted Football Helmet with Lauren Kitchens

New Trends in Gumpaste Flowers

New Trends in Gumpaste Flowers with Nicholas Lodge

Master Course in the Nirvana Technique

Master Course in the Nirvana Technique with Mary Jo Dowling

Fashion Unzipped

Fashion Unzipped with Joshua John Russell

There’s also a class called “Stylish Sparkling Wedding Cakes” with Marina Sousa but we don’t have the photo for that yet.

Some of these classes will fill fast, so register for your spot now and get that 10% discount!