CAKE FANS: Joan McDermott with grand-daughter Ruby at the show.
CAKE FANS: Joan McDermott with grand-daughter Ruby at the show.

It's time to cake it till you make it!

ALWAYS passionate about baking, it was the introduction of microwave ovens in the early 1970s that started Joan McDermott's cake career.

Now she is feeding the appetites of the millions who watch Cake Boss, The Great Australian Bake Off and follow thousands of edible artists on social media with the International Cake Show (ICSA) at the Brisbane Showgrounds Exhibition Building in Bowen Hills from Friday, May 17, to Sunday, May 19.

A '10-pound pom', McDermott was one of the first women to join an Australian Commando Regiment, where she met her husband.

She left the Defence Force to start a family and now has four grown-up daughters and 10 grandchildren.

Cake It Till You Make cookie demonstration.
Cake It Till You Make cookie demonstration.

McDermott saw an opportunity to teach people how to use microwave ovens and established Microwave Cuisine, which toured Australia, New Zealand and California showing people how to get the most out of their microwaves.

After many career changes, Joan McDermott is now CEO for Cake Show Australia, an organisation for professional cake artists and home decorators with thousands of members throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Now in its second year, the International Cake Show will see some of the world's most famous cake heroes including hundreds of celebrity chefs and cake artists flying into Brisbane to share their skills in 90 demonstrations over two days.

"This is Australia's largest cake decorating competition, which is open to the public. Last year there were entries from every Australian state and from 18 countries. There are categories to suit everyone from beginners to professionals,” McDermott said.

Cake It Till You Make display of exceptional talent.
Cake It Till You Make display of exceptional talent.

There are 33 categories across the three days, with the general public invited to enter, view and take part in a full program of masterclasses, activations and 90 free demonstrations.

Competition categories range from wedding cake wars to pirates, dragons, mystery and magic, edible life-sized sculptures, sugar-crafting, celebration cakes, and buttercream cakes.

Extra adventurous artists and decorators can enter Australia's largest cake competition and participate in gravity- defying creations.

Children will be entertained by animated nursery rhymes and children's stories brought to life from sugar.

In a special tribute to one of the world's Seven Wonders, cake artists will build a 5mx4.5m Great Barrier Reef Sugar Spectacular.

Tickets: $15 for pensioners & students, $24 for adults.

Info: arcada.com.au.


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