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International Cake Show Australia 2018

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Amazingly detailed 3D giraffe cake.


Have you ever binged on Cake Wars or Cake Boss or even just cake? Well then I have sublime news for you! Brisbane will be hosting the International Cake Show Australia in May 2018. That's right - the world's best cake artists are headed for Brisbane to compete in a variety of themed competitive cake events. Organisers told Weekend Notes, "It's the Top Gun of cake decorating, where the best of the best vie for the crown, where cake is the canvas and imagination the only limitation!"

Now if you're thinking this is just going to be like the CWA entries at the local show, think again. These aren't your grandma's cakes (even if she was a total boss at the The Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book or could whip up a mean Dolly Varden). The International Cake Show Australia (ICSA) will feature the work of thousands of edible artists, cake decorators, cake bosses, professional pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers, home hobbyist decorators and food personalities from across the globe. It's a chance to see amazing, colourful, artistic sculptures that also just happen to be edible too.

ICSA will be held at Brisbane Showgrounds Exhibition Building in Bowen Hills from Friday 18th May to Sunday 20th May in 2018. Early bird tickets are already selling like (you guessed it) hot cakes. Cake artists will battle it out in 22 categories across the three days. The general public is invited to view and take part in a full program of master classes, activations, entertainment and more.

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See stunning works of cake art like this up close and personal


What to Expect

Celebrity cake artists, chocolatiers, chefs and bakers appearing throughout the three days.

A two-day televised, live international cake-off on the main stage featuring six of the world's most famous cake artists - Paul Bradford, Dorothy Klerck, Timbo Sullivan, Verusca Walker, Margie Carter, Paul Delaney & Karen Portaleo.

Three Live, Laugh & Learn demonstration stages holding free demonstrations on the hour every hour.

A Haute Couture Wedding Marquis - Australia's most awarded wedding cake designers.
Hands-on Cookie Zone where the general public can decorate their own.
Hands-on Create, Make & Take Zone and Classes.
Chocolate, Sweet & Party Zone.
Australia's ultimate cake decorating competition.
Huge statement cakes in various locations throughout show.
Six workshop areas conducting master classes throughout the show.
Pop up shops – you'll be able to shop till you drop.
Feature booths where cake artists and chocolatiers will be building live installations.

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There's so much detail and work in every cake on show


Competitions and More

"The competition categories range from wedding cake artistry to cupcake bouquet design, sculpted busts, sugar-crafting, celebration cakes, edible art and buttercream cakes," event organiser say.

"The more adventurous artists and decorators can enter the architectural tribute cake (in 2018 the theme is an iconic Australian structure) category, geometric and abstract categories, gravity-defying creations and stylised and edible flower designs. There is also a team-based collaboration category which is expected to produce spectacular results from around the world."

There's also going to be a competition in special recognition of 2018 being the year of the Royal Marriage between HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Eddie Spence Tribute category is named for the Royal Icing Master who has worked on many royal wedding cakes for Buckingham Palace. We're sure those creations will be fit for a king and queen.

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Watch cute cake creations come alive in the competition events


One of the biggest highlights of the event will be a two-day televised, live international cake-off challenge on the main stage. It will feature six of the world's most famous cake artists including Paul Bradford, Dorothy Klerck, Timbo Sullivan, Verusca Walker, Margie Carter and Paul Delaney. Those of you who know the famous names of the cake decorating world will also have your decorating turntables in a spin to hear one of the world's most inspiring cake artists Karen Portaleo will be on the celebrity judging team.

International Cake Show Australia CEO, Joan McDermott said, "The International Cake Show Australia is open to the public and is all about creating magic, defying possibilities and breaking boundaries. For the millions who watch Cake Boss and follow the hundreds of thousands of edible artists on social media, this event is the penultimate experience."

There's great news for amateur bakers too; most of the competition is open for anyone to enter.

"However, some competitors like Dorothy Klerck, from Wellington in South Africa are more serious than most," said Joan. "Dorothy has been selected as one of the world's most awarded edible artists. She will be competing in the "Ultimate Cake Off Challenge" live on stage in Brisbane in May as part of the "Rest of World" team and will be competing against Team Australia, for the title of World's Best Cake Artist."

If you're unfamiliar with Dorothy's work, it's worth a Google. She has tackled some enormous cake projects like a 650kg rhino cake and the world's biggest elephant cake.

Of course, it wouldn't be a cake show without pop up shops from associated food and product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, food and product service agents and retailers. It's a chance to see the latest and greatest in decorating and all that is sweet.

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Is it a burger? Is it a cake? Zoe Byres' creations will have your mouth watering either way


Cake Artists Appearing in 2018 Include

From Brisbane

Zoe Byres - Cake Art By Zoe Byes
Zoe's is the team leader for a mammoth Alice In Wonderland Display that will be at the show.

Trina Thompson - Sweet Ruby Cakes
Trina appeared in the last two international cake off challenges. Trina is Brisbane based and will compete this year.

Caitlin Mitchell - A Little Cake Place
Multi-award winning wedding cake designer and a rising star and is on ACADA's organising committee.

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Multi-award-winning cake designer Caitlin Mitchell


Serdar Yener
Internationally renowned cake artist, teacher and pastry chef. An incredible talent; Sedar owns international online cooking school Yeners Way. He is an accredited professional ACADA Member.

Greg Cleary
Internationally known sugar flower artist, wedding cake designer and teacher. Greg is also a pastry chef and sits on ACADA's board.

Zoe Clark - Zoe Clark Cakes
International Award winning wedding cake designer; Zoe is teaching at the show and is one of the nine Australian Cake Designers invited to exhibit in the Couture Wedding Cake Marquis.

Shayne Greenman
Internationally acclaimed Pastry Chef and Sugar Artist.

From Sydney

Margie Carter - Margie Carter's Cake World
Australian Matriarch of cake decorating, she started Planet Cake. A phenomenal Talent, she's leading this year's cake off challenge for team Australia at the show this year and is also teaching.

Sharon Wee - Sharon Wee Creations
Again a phenomenal talent, she will be demonstrating at the show this year.

Mio Shih - Deliciously Yummy Sydney
Mio teaches, incredible work and is a true rising star. Mio is teaching workshops and demonstrating at the show this year.

Monica Cavallaro - Moreish Cakes
Monica was previously a finalist in the Great Australian Bake-off and is teaching at the show.

Faye Cahill
International Award winning couture wedding cake designer, very well-known and also on ACADA's board.

Paul Delaney - Delaney's Cakes
Paul has 30 years' experience as a pastry chef and cake artist. He is on Team Australia in the Cake off Challenge this year.

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I can't wait to see the Alice in Wonderland display this year


From Overseas

Paul Bradford (Scotland) - Paul Bradford Sugarcraft
International Team Leader in the Cake Off Challenge. Paul won the 2017 "World's most inspiring cake artist. He is really entertaining and a great asset to the show.

Dorothy Klerck (South Africa) - Eat Cake Party
Dorothy was the international team leader in the last cake off challenge. She's in the International Team again this year and will also teach at the show.

Karen Portaleo (Atlanta USA)
Karen has the highest profile in the world within the industry. She will compare and judge the cake off challenge (team of three compares) she will do three free demonstrations and also host the Sunday Lounge interviews with the high profile cake artists at the show. Karen has won the international award as the most inspiring international cake artist several times.

Marta Hidalgo (Spain)
Marta is an incredible cake artist. She won the International Collab Australia section of the competition last year with her bust of King George and will be teaching this year.

Marta Torres
Marta is an incredible cookie decorator. She travels the world teaching and has won many awards. She will be teaching and demonstrating techniques at the show.

Timbo Sullivan
Timbo is very hip and out there. He's a great cake artist and travels the world teaching. He'll teach at the show and also be part of Team International in the cake off challenge.
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Why? This event takes the cake
When: Friday 18th May to Sunday 20th May, 2018
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds Exhibition Building, Upper Level Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Cost: Early Bird Adult One Day Entry $24 incl GST | Early Bird One Student/Pensioner Day Entry $15 incl GST
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