As the world enters Royal Wedding Frenzy mode, Australia’s leading wedding cake designers are readying to face-off on the same weekend as Harry and Meghan tie the royal knot, in Brisbane at the International Cake Show Australia!!
In what may be the perfect icing storm - the International Cake Show Australia will take place in Brisbane over May 18 to 20 and will showcase some of the most breathtaking, innovative and classic wedding cake designs from all over the world.
It has been revealed pastry chef and Californian native Claire Ptak of East London’s Violet Cakes will create the royal wedding cake, which will be a break away from the traditional English fruitcake and royal icing fondant, and instead, she will bake an organic lemon and elderflower sponge cake for the royal couple using seasonal ingredients, buttercream and fresh flowers.
The International Cake Show Australia will showcase a range of wedding cake designs and designers (as well as cake artistry of all shapes and sizes) including the work of Australia’s top nine Haute Couture Cake Designers, covering traditional through to modern and architecturally challenging creations!
A program of more than 54 free demonstrations, ranging from wedding cake techniques, to how to create amazing sugar-modelled animals will be held over the three days. Two of the installation highlights include a Giant Wedding Cake that has been created by nine cake artists and led by internationally acclaimed cake designer Faye Cahill from Sydney, as well as a gravity defying Alice in Wonderland cake created by a team of five.
The nine finalists competing for the Australian Haute Couture Wedding Cake Designer of the Year Award in the fitting theme of ‘Rich, Royal & Regal’ are Sarah Jane Wicks from Brisbane, Caitlin Mitchell from Brisbane, Monica Cavallaro from Sydney, Faye Cahill from Sydney, Louisa Massignani from the Gold Coast, Zoe Clark from the Sunshine Coast, Maria Shaw from Melbourne, Greg Cleary from Brisbane, and Shayne Greenman from Mt Tamborine.
The winning haute couture cake designer (voted by members of the public attending the International Cake Show on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May) will make history before a mass of cake devotees and a live-streamed entwining of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Each finalist will display their finished masterpiece in the Haute Couture Wedding Cake Designer’s Marquee at the International Cake Show Australia at Brisbane Showgrounds for the public to view.
The winner will be announced at ACADA’s (the Australian Cake Artists & Decorators’ Association) Australian Cake Oscars on the evening of Saturday 19th May, presented by international cake heroes Paul Bradford and Karen Portaleo. The ACADA Australian Cake Oscar Awards are the most prestigious awards within the Australian Cake Decorating Industry.
International Cake Show Australia 2018 Fast Facts
Date: Friday 18th May to Sunday 20th May, 2018
Location: Brisbane Showgrounds Exhibition Building, Upper Level Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Tickets: TICKETS ON SALE NOW at https://www.acada.com.au/buy-show-tickets
Early Bird Adult One Day Entry $24 incl GST | Early Bird One Student/Pensioner Day Entry: $15 incl GST
What’s happening at the show?
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 (3) “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!
Cookie demonstrations and mini-classes.
Chocolate, Sweet & Party Zone.
Australia’s ultimate cake decorating competition.
Huge statement cakes in various locations throughout show.
Six workshop areas conducting masterclasses throughout the show.
Pop up shops – you’ll be able to shop till you drop
Feature booths where cake artists/chocolatier’s will be building live installations.
The Competition Program
Class 1: FEATURE CLASS: WEDDING CAKE TABLE – 3 OR MORE TIERS
Class 2: EDDIE SPENCE TRIBUTE – a spectacular royal cake Eddie Spence style, fit for a Royal
Class 3: CUPCAKE BOUQUET
Class 4: REALISTIC SCULPTED BUST – Competitor’s Choice
Class 5: SUGARCRAFT
Class 6: TIERED MINIATURE CAKE
Class 7: TRANSPORTATION THROUGH THE AGES
Class 8: FLOWERING PLANT
Class 9: CONTEMPORARY CAKE WITH STYLISED FLOWERS
Class 10: SCULPTED ANIMAL/s
Class 11: GARLAND OR FLORAL CROWN
Class 12: A NOVEL CELEBRATION CAKE –open to students only.
Class 13: INCREDIBLE EDIBLE ART
Class 14: MULTI-DIMENSIONAL COOKIES – 12 multi-dimensional cookies.
Class 15: ROYAL DECORATED COOKIES –12 royal decorated vintage cookies.
Class 16: PRETTY PETALS AND PASTELS – a tiered celebration cake
Class 17: ARCHITECTURE - AN ICONIC AUSTRALIAN STRUCTURE
Class 18: Enchanted Forest – capture the magical spirit of an enchanted forest.
Class 19: GEOMETRIC AND ABSTRACT – 2 or more-tier cake, must be something truly outside the
Class 20: BUTTERCREAM – a buttercream cake of 1+ tiers, incorporating buttercream flowers and
Class 21: GRAVITY DEFYING – must be gravity defying, and animated.
Class 22: PROFESSIONAL CLASS – statement cake.
Class 23 COLLAB AUSTRALIA – A Global Online Collaboration “One Sweet Step at a Time”
(individuals or teams of 2-4)