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After the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural event, the Cake Bake & Sweets Show is again bringing the most delectable and awe-inspiring elements of the baking world to Sydney.

Attendance at the 2014 show went beyond the organisers’ wildest expectations and, this June, more than 30 pastry chefs, bakers and cake artists are lined up to take to the stage again for more than 150 hands-on demonstrations.

The program includes Australian Baking Business regulars Tim Clark, Kirsten Tibballs, Pierrick Boyer and Katherine Sabbath, along with local cake designers Helen Kastanis, Jacki Fanto and Anna Maria Roche, among others.

New to the show this year is the Healthy Baking Theatre, which caters to guests who are pursuing a range of lifestyle diets. Demonstrations will include ‘free-from’ baking using natural ingredients and alternate baking solutions.

A must-see across the three-day event will be the Sydney in Cake installation. Produced by the Australian Cake Decorating Network, the feature will include a walk-in gallery of cake art created by leading cake artists. The archway entrance will take the form of an edible Luna Park and the display will include numerous iconic Sydney landmarks.

In addition to the main demonstration stages, the show floor will be packed with vendors supplying the tastiest treats, latest tools, ingredients, books and hard-to-find appliances, allowing attendees to learn about the latest and greatest in the world of professional baking.

Event director Brad Langton said the success of the 2014 show has resulted in a large number of household retail brands looking to be involved this year.

“We’ve focused on bringing together a world class collection of professionals to inspire, entertain and educate visitors with demonstrations catered to novices in the kitchen right through to at-home masters, and we’ve not forgotten those who simply njoy the finished product too,” he said.

“An extensive range of the latest ingredients, tools, appliance and baked goods will also be available for purchase.”

The Cake Bake & Sweet Show will be held from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14 at the Sydney Showground at Olympic Park. Visit the website for more information.Melbourne will get its turn in the spotlight in October.

Do you have what it takes to be crowned cake decorating champion?

The Cake Decorators’ Guild New South Wales is inviting bakers, pastry chefs, cake decorators, decorating teachers and demonstrators with more than two years’ professional experience, to enter the southern hemisphere’s richest cake competition.

Wedding cake, novelty cake and sugar art divisions are open, and entries will feature as a major attraction to the Cake Bake & Sweets Show. Best of all, $12,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs.

The Cake Decorates Guild of NSW was formed in 1979 by a group of experienced cake decorators that saw a need to establish a forum to develop and share knowledge among the baking community. Judge and state president of the guild Helen Robinson said the competition is an opportunity for professionals to showcase their creative flair to prospective customers, particularly brides-to-be.

“We are expecting spectacular designs and creative innovations using the medium of sugar from the professionals. They must demonstrate a high standard and draw upon their experience in the field,” she said.

“The judging panel is looking for cakes that make an impression – cakes with a ‘wow’ factor.

“Judges will be looking for cakes that utilise different skill sets and techniques. No doubt, it will be a tough competition, so good execution of skills may enable a competitor to get an edge over someone else.”

Deliveries must be made before Thursday, June 11. For more information and to download an entry form, visit the Cake Bake & Sweets Show website.

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