Is your calendar marked for April 17?

If not, you still have until tomorrow to register your cakes for Mike Elder's Icing on the Cake Sugar Art Show and Exhibition to benefit Newhouse Women's Shelter in Kansas City, MO.

The show will consist of  a cake and sugar art expo live demonstrations, raffle, used cell phone drive (to benefit Newhouse), People's Choice voting, kids' exhibition and a TV-style live challenge (featuring noted TV decorators) as the finale.

The expo's theme is Kansas City - Elder purposely made the theme a little vague in order to provide sugar artists with creative freedom - showcase Kansas City's fountains, jazz history, agriculture or anything else you want to show off. Cake artists of all skill levels are invited to enter. Special awards will be given, but this is an expo, not a competition, so cakes will not be judged. Feel free to include a menu, flyer, business card or any other promotional material with your cake display. Special award categories include:

  • The "Black Sheep" - The most out-of-the-ordinary, non-traditional or in-your-face style.
  • Most Creative - The cake that most "pushes the envelope."
  • Best Use of Mechanics - Put your engineering skills to good use!
  • The "Kitchen Sink" - The design that incorporates the most stuff.
  • People's Choice - Votes by donation (to Newhouse Womens Shelter).
  • Decorators' Choice - Voted on exclusively by the show's participants.

 Click here to register for the expo by April 1.

The Live Challenge, Icing on the Cake's finale, will include celebrity chefs from WEtv and TLC and Food Network competitions.

Brian Stevens - TLC's Cake Boss: Next Great Baker
Ruth Rickey - WEtv, TLC's Ultimate Cake Off  and Food Network Challenge
Bob Broughm - TLC's Ultimate Cake Off
Debbie Goard - Food Network Challenge

To see challengers' bios and get more info on the show, check out Mike Elder's blog.

For more information on Newhouse Women's Shelter, click here.