Oklahoma State Sugar Arts Show and Grand National Wedding Cake Competition

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.

Tulsa State Fair, September 2009

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.

Alie’s cake inside a sugar cage

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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12 Responses to Oklahoma State Sugar Arts Show and Grand National Wedding Cake Competition

  1. I’m something of a freak in that I don’t really like cake, but even a gateaux philistine like me can appreciate the artistry and craft behind these amazing looking creations!

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  2. Dee Gilbert says:

    Looks like the judges were really tough!

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  3. Fabulous entries, each logging hours of hard work and creative endeavors. Plus, your post made my mouth water!

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  4. Pit says:

    I just added five pounds [at least] by only looking at these pictures! 😀

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  5. JohnRH says:

    Wowwww. Amazing. I want to buy a railroad! (Love that Monopoly cake.)

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  6. neelstoria says:

    You love to eat – only cakes or everything in general 😀
    The dragonfly in the prize winning cake is really nice.
    Alie’s cake does look like it would have tasted great.
    And that’s such a lovely event. I wonder if we have anything similar here.

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  7. I’d say Alie’s cake is pretty darned sophisticated! Looks great. Plus I liked the little cartoon character with his acorn. –Curt

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  8. I would never be patient enough to apply so much artistry to a cake. By then, at least half of of it would be gone. 🙂

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