It’s a Cake Lover’s Dream Come True!

This weekend, the gymnasium at Fairfax High School was transformed into a cake lover’s dream when it hosted The National Capital Area Cake Show. Cake decorators of all ages and skill levels showcased their skills in one of the top cake decorating competitions in the country.

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Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” makes an appearance in the “Bugs” category at The National  Capital Area Cake Show, Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Virginia. (Tracey Dowdy)

This marks the 9th year for the show and continues the tradition of giving back to the community by donating a percentage of the admission price to Serve Our Willing Warriors. As always, the competition assigned each category a theme: Wedding cakes – “Wedding Cakes Thru the Centuries”; Special Division Cakes – “April Fools”; Special Theme Cakes – “Bugs”; and a special Cupcake Challenge with the theme “Seasons”.

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Entry #610 in the Professional Cake Category, theme: Bugs. at the National Capital Area Cake Show, Saturday, April 1, 2017, Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Virginia. (Tracey Dowdy)

Cakes are displayed for the public Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 2017. Judging takes place Saturday and prizes are awarded at the close of the competition on Sunday afternoon.

Several local bakers, both professional and amateur took the opportunity to showcase their skills in the competition. Catherine Frost from Fairfax, Virginia, is completing her degree in Culinary Arts through Stratford University. Her Mother’ Day cake, which she entered in the Special Division Cakes/Single Tier Category, features intricate sugar flowers and a fondant silhouette of a mother and daughter on marbled fondant, all wrapped in gilded sugar lace.

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A Mother’s Day cake created by Catherine Frost for the National Capital Area Cake Show, Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Virginia. (Tracey Dowdy)

Along with the competition, the event featured decorating classes for children, beginners and professionals, live demonstrations, a cupcake tasting event and a bake sale with items donated by local professionals and home bakers.

The National Capital Area Cake Show is sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of The International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES), a “not-for-profit” 501(c)(6) association that focuses on education and sharing the creative possibilities of sugar.

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