International Cake Exploration Societé Annual Convention and Show

August 3rd, 2011 by Mary Gavenda

The International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES) is an organization for cake decorating and sugar art enthusiasts. It is an international organization with local chapters that hold their own meetings to share ideas and new techniques a few times each year. But the big event that everyone waits for is the ICES Annual Convention and Show.

ICES Cakes This year the convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 4 – 7 at the Charlotte Convention Center. It will be an exciting four days of demonstrations, hands-on classes, and shopping for new tools of the trade from vendors who come from all over the world.

There will be over 80 vendors displaying their tools. I’m sure there will be something there that you just HAVE to HAVE! Wilton will have one of the largest areas, displaying the new products and many actual cakes from the 2012 Yearbook for you to view up close.

I almost forgot to mention the outstanding cake and sugar art displays for all to admire in the Cake Gallery. I’ve posted a few images from previous shows.

You’ll be amazed at the sugar creations on display, from young to mature, amateur to professional decorators, all levels of decorators will show off their own creations. (I am always in awe of the decorators who travel thousands and thousands of miles and bring their beautiful, fragile show pieces to share.)

There should be over 400+ displays for you to admire, take note of techniques and photography. This is not a judged show, but a sharing show.

The Convention registration is open to ICES members as well as non-members. Over 1,000 individuals from throughout the United States and many other countries are expected to attend.

If you register for the convention, you are also eligible to attend the demonstrations and hands-on classes for an additional fee. You can see some of the over 70 demonstrations that will interest beginners to masters, from buttercream to pulled sugar and chocolate. There is always a wide variety of topics for every skill level and interest in the sugar arts. ICES Cakes

If you can’t afford the time to attend the entire convention, you may purchase a One-Day Shopper’s Pass, valid on Saturday or Sunday, for a cost of $50. This pass includes entry into the Vendor’s Hall for your shopping adventure and the Cake Gallery, so don’t forget your cameras.

If you’re in the area and want to stop by and admire the cakes on Saturday and Sunday, the Cake Gallery is open to the public for a fee of $10 a person. A portion of this fee is donated to a local charity, so it’s really for a good cause too!

ICES Cakes Hours for the general public to view the cake gallery are Saturday, Aug. 6th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sunday, August 7th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

If you need additional information about this year’s convention, check out or the ICES website at for more information about the organization. If you can’t attend in person, follow us through the show on our twitter page @WiltonCakes.

And keep in mind … “Nothing Could be Finer than to be in Carolina” for the convention.

I’ll be there to enjoy this unique experience…will you?

Mary Gavenda Mary is a Senior Cake Decorator at Wilton. She started her cake decorating career as one of the first Wilton Method teachers in the Chicago area, teaching at various Sears, Montgomery Wards and JCPenney stores and earned her place in the Wilton Hall of Fame. As a cake decorator in the Decorating Room, she creates the cakes for photography used on new labels and packaging and in all Wilton publications. Mary also teaches the Introduction to Gum Paste Class at The Wilton School. Mary is a member of The International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES), an organization promoting the art of food and cake decorating throughout the world. She has served as Illinois State Representative, Past ICES Vice President and Corresponding Secretary during her 3-year term on the ICES Board of Directors. She is still active in the organization.

5 Replies

  1. Shamini Perera says:

    I am residing in Sri lanka. I am a Wilton cake maker. I am student of Mr. clement and I need come to America to participate in a cake exhibition in next year. Please be kind enough to send me an invitation.

    Best regards,
    Shamini Perera

    • Mary Gavenda says:

      If you would like to attend next years ICES Convention and Cake Show in Reno, NV,and you need the proper Invitation for your visa, please go to the ICES Website, then look under Contactsand then Officers and Board Members. Look for Board Member Maria Kovacs, she is the ICES Board Member who is responsible for the International Committee or Rhoda Sheridan, another Board member who is liasion for Sri Lanka. You’ll find their contacts on the 3rd page, so just scroll down.
      They will be happy to send you an invitiation. It is an exciting show for cake decorators. Hope you are able to attend.
      contact list is –

  2. I missed this event due to other meetings planned that particular weekend. These designs are truly incredible!

    The fees to get into this convention is well worth the money if you are an aspiring cake decorator!

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  4. Aliceonasanya says:

    This is a nice idea . Wilton thank you. I am ICES member is a society for cake lovers

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