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Oklahoma State
Sugar Art Show
Photos by Scott Johnson Hawks
When it comes to cake decorating competition, it doesn’t get
much bigger, or better, than the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show
An annual tradition and the biggest crowd draw to the
Oklahoma State Fair, OSSAS is hosted by Food Network
celebrity, Kerry Vincent, and provides an artist and social
platform for cake decorators from around the world. This year’s
installment ran from October 1st – 2nd.
Basically, there are two competitions within the show; the
open cake competition and the highly competitive Grand
National Wedding Cake Competition. The show has hosted
elite cake competitors since it began in 1993. This year’s theme
was “Wedding Cakes Rock!” and cake designers were allowed
to bake “cakes without constraint,” Vincent said.
Imaginations flew, as competitors had free reign to build
the most fantastical wedding cake without real theme restraint.
Whatever inspiration was chosen the contestant was on notice
that the interpretation must be elegant, with all the bells and
whistles technically and be applicable to a modern wedding
cake setup. Contestants were to show what the initial inspiration
was and how it led to the final construction. Cake art without
Imagine a sea of beautifully dressed tables that match
spectacular wedding cakes in front of a massive public audience
with numbers at 82,000.
For fans or those devoted to cake and sugar art, dreams
came true. From dawn till dark the air was charged with a sense
of magical excitement. The event inspired, educated and created
potential artists for the future.
As always, the cakes were the stars of the show with their
creators standing nervously off to the side waiting to hear their
fate. In the end, Gary Silverthorn from Port Huron, MI took
home the Grand Prize with Pamela Tsaldaris, also from Port
Huron, MI securing the 1st Runner Up spot.
With a nearly 42-inch-tall wedding cake inspired by a dress
from the 1998 movie “Shakespeare in Love,” Silverthorn’s effort
drew praise from the organizer as well as his fellow cake
He earned it,” said Kerry Vincent. “Not only was the crowd
with him, but the fellow competitors were behind him as well.”
To win this competition is a dream come true. It’s the
equivalent of winning an Academy Award,” Silverthorn said.
Lisa Bugeja, of Canada, won Second Runner-up, Mercedes
Strachwysky of Florida won Third Runner-up and Rebecca
Sutterby of Kansas won Honorable Mention.
During the awards ceremony, Kerry Vincent revealed the
theme for the 2012 Sugar Art Show will be Headgear, Hats and
Headbands. Competitors must create their own design, but it
can be inspired by something vintage - whether that be
Elizabethan, ancient Egyptian or the Roaring Twenties. The
show will be held on September 29 & 30, 2012 and for more
information visit
Pamela Tsaldaris – 1st Runner-Up
Grand Prize –
Gary Silverthorn