Planning a Wedding? Attend a 2012 Cake Show!

Throughout the year, various organizations host cake shows, and on we’re going to list current shows that you can attend. Whether you’re a party planner, bride-to-be, cake decorator or cake enthusiast, you can learn a lot from these events and have a lot of fun looking at the cakes and checking out the latest trends in cake design.

The cake is a very important part of any celebration, and I think it’s one of the best parts about a wedding. At a wedding, the cake will be the centerpiece of your reception, and you want it to reflect you and your loved one as a couple and to match the style and theme of your reception.

At a cake show you will see a host of cake designs, and, hopefully, you’ll find the cake that best matches what you want. You should try to narrow down your favorites by choosing a certain style and shape of cake and writing down the names of your favorite cake designers and bakeries. At these shows taking photos is encouraged, so take photos of everything that catches your eye. And if you forget your camera or just don’t feel like taking pictures yourself, you can generally buy CDs of photos of the event on their website after the event.

Most brides and grooms book their reception one year in advance, but many forget to order the cake until the last minute. This isn’t a good idea, since bakeries and cake decorators often book months in advance and usually only take a certain number of wedding cake orders. Contact the bakeries you’re interested in at least six months before your wedding, and, once you pick a bakery you like, be sure to book an appointment with them so you can go over possible designs.

A wedding will be remembered for a lifetime and so will the cake!

To give you an idea of what you will see at a cake show I have included the following cake show video.

Some of the cake shows you might want to attend in 2012:

March 2-4 – 5th Annual Cake and Sugar Art Show, Queen City Cake Decorating Club, Cincinnati, OH
March 2-4 – 2012 SASI Cake Show, Corydon, IN
March 10 – 11 – Garden State Cake Show, Burlington, NJ
March 10-11 – Annual Cake Show Competition, La Jolla, CA
March 24-25 – Capital Cake Show, Annandale, VA
March 31- April 1 – Florida I.C.E.S Cake Show, Ocala, FL
April 14-15 – Pennsylvania 32nd Annual State Cake Show, State College, PA
April 29 – 6th annual Cake and Sugar Art Show and Competition, Willowpass Center, Concord, CA
May 5-6 – Great American Cake Show and Wedding Cake Competition, Westminster, MD
May 6 – Cake Show 2012: Cake as Art, Bonnie Gordon College, Toronto, Canada
July 15 – 15th Annual Grand Wedding Cakes Bridal Show and Cake Competition, Charlotte, NC
August 2 -5 – ICES (International Cake Exploration Society) 37th Annual Convention – Reno, NV
August 18-19, 15th Annual Cove Country Cake Show and Challenge, Bedford, PA
September 29-30 – Oklahoma State Sugar Arts Show, Tulsa, OK

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