Alie loves baking; I love eating. It is a match made in heaven. But years of rheumatoid arthritis have crippled her hands, so she can only admire talented cake decorators.
Kerry Vincent, an Australian-born cake designer, was founder of the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition and co-founder of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show which celebrated its 25th and last anniversary in 2018.
The annual competition ran for a number of years on the Food Network and was one of our favorite programs – again, Alie likes to bake; I like to eat.
After a few years marveling at what we saw on TV, we decided to see it for ourselves. We flew to Tulsa for a long weekend and, in addition to the competition, visited the Tulsa State Fair and Gilcrease Museum of Western Art.
The cakes were divided into divisions ranging from professional to amateur, masters to beginners, adults to teenagers and categories from wedding cakes to novelty cakes to simply elaborate sugar decorations.
We have far too many photos. But here are a few I hope you will enjoy. Click on photos to enlarge.
Although Vincent has retired, a Google search might lead you to see a similar show yourself. Here is just one link.
Date of our visit: 27 Sep 08
PS: We loved to see it; but I was disappointed to learn the competition was all about decoration; the cakes were often months old and therefore inedible. Nonetheless, the artwork was amazing. Alie’s cake below might not be as elaborate, but it was delicious.