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National Capital Area Cake Show 2010

March 24, 2010

Okay, while the sugar high has not necessarily worn off and the stars are still blurring our vision, we are ready to share about our wonderful weekend at the National Capital Area Cake Show in Fairfax, Virginia.

WOW!  That is definitely a place to start, but I guess we should go back to the beginning…

I attended the show with my 7-year old daughter, Mandara, and my mom, Nancy.  On Saturday, we arrived at Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA at 10 am, just as the show began.  The first thing we did was buy a NCACS apron with a Sharpie marker (thanks, Mom!) that I carried around all day, like the groupie I am, to get the autographs of all the cake stars that were in attendance.  🙂

We spent the next couple of hours admiring the competition entries, which included cakes of many varieties, chocolate, gingerbread, and cookies.  There were dozens of vendors of baking and decorating supplies and tools.  Big names like Fondx, Choco-Pan, and CalJava were there selling their wares for discounted prices.

Then we slipped into the already in-progress live challenge which featured four cake artists and one assistant for each working for 8 hours on a circus theme cake.  Norman R. Davis and Zane Beg of “The Sweet Life” in Annandale, Virginia were the challenge emcees, keeping the audience abreast of the competitors’ progress as well as completely entertained with their witty banter.  Mike McCarey, Lauren Kitchens, and Marina Sousa were the live challenge judges but took the time to sign autographs and take pictures with their fans.  Anne Heap of “Pink Cake Box” was our favorite to win.

Periodically, we would slip out of the live challenge to check out other features such as a demonstration on stenciling, make-and-takes, and of course, to eat lunch and sample the yummy goodies available at the bake sale.

The day came to an end at 5 pm, although there was an evening of sharing with Marina Sousa.  After a restful night at our hotel, we headed back bright and early to the show for a demo on gumpaste flowers, a cookie decorating class, more make-and-takes, and two more (albeit shorter) live challenges:  one of Haunted Castles and one called “What’s In the Box?” between Norm and Zane where they were given a box with mystery elements that they had to use to create a cake in just one hour.  There was also a tasting of the live challenge cakes from yesterday.  (Of course, I just had to have Anne Heap’s vanilla bean cake with chocolate mousse filling – yummy!)

The day ended with the presentation of certificates, ribbons, and medals for the cakes entered in the competitions.  Mandara won honorable mention for her “Girls Rock” cake, while my friend, Laura, won first place in her division as well as overall for her division with stunning cookies.  Laura’s son, Matthew, and her mom, Joanne, also walked away with ribbons in their divisions.

A fun time was had by all, and while the show is over, the memories and lessons will last a lifetime.  We are looking forward to going next year and entering a cake of our own as well as to other upcoming shows (the 30th Annual Pennsylvania State Cake Show in just a few weeks, April 17th and 18th).

Check out all of our pics from the NCACS under our newest page, “Cake Shows”, and its sub pages.

Happy baking!

Christina & Meghan

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