World’s best cake decorators descend on ABQ

NM Cake convention
More than 1,000 sugar artists will descend on ABQ over the weekend to showcase their finest work.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a bad weekend to be on a diet.

This weekend Albuquerque will be the cake capital of the world.

More than a thousand master cake creators are descending on the city as we speak.

“They bring cakes over on the planes, yes,” said Leigh Sipe, director of the convention. “Some of them even buy a seat for their cake.”

Call them sugar artists.

The International Cake Exploration Society, ICES, goes to a different city every year to spotlight the latest in sugar art innovations.

“It’s no longer just cake decorating,” said Diane Holgate, New Mexico representative for the International Cake Exploration Society. “It is art.”

On Tuesday, New Mexico’s top cake decorators were putting the finishing touches on the 2014 convention’s feature show piece: a giant cake shaped like an hot air balloon.

These things are called show cakes for a reason.

The New Mexico cake is 7-feet, 8 inches tall and weighs more than 300 pounds.

Each panel represents a different aspect of the state’s culture, designs that include everything from Day of the Dead skulls to sand paintings.

While competition is not the main reason for the convention, these confection creators keep upping the ante.

“You can do that and reach out to people’s creativity, their ability to be inspired, when they look at things and say, “‘Oh my gosh, that is sugar. I can’t believe it,'” Holgate said.

If you want to spend $400, you can sign up to participate in the convention’s workshops and learn cake decorating skills from the crème de la creme.

A cheaper option: For $10, you can tour the cake hall and watch the live cake competition on Saturday.

You can get tickets at the East Complex of the convention center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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