Showtime: SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo.

Showtime: SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo.

American Cake Decorating magazine had the great pleasure of attending Soflo Cake and Candy Expo. This annual sugar show draws thousands of eager cake decorating enthusiasts to Miami, Florida. We share pictures from our incredible sugar-art installation: In A Garden of Flowers.

This year ACD wanted to pull out all the stops, so we assembled a team of 15 incredible cake artists to create an edible sugar-art installation at Soflo Cake and Candy Expo.

The theme this year was “In A Garden of Flowers”, and Italian-themed sugar garden filled with dazzling edible statues, and sugar flowers.

Satin Ice generously donated fondant and gum paste to the installation artists, and Icing Images provided wafer paper for the gorgeous wafer-wisteria which was created by Kassy Jimenez. Peggy Tucker of Cake Play Isomalt donated isomalt in every color to Laurie Collins, who made a gorgeous sugar-mosaic.

The centerpiece was a stunning 6ft Grecian fountain that was crafted in two parts. The bottom of the fountain was made by Satin Ice Artist of Excellence Beth Townsend and featured sculpted lions. The top was created by Jo Wieneke and featured so many beautiful details.


Local pastry chef, Katy Moser-Brandel created life-size macaron topiary’s. The topiaries were decorated with edible sugar-leaves, sugar-flowers, macaron mushrooms, and moss.

Food Artist Joyce Marcellus took inspiration from Italian food, creating an intimate outdoor picnic table with sugar-lasagne, charcuterie, and spaghetti and meatballs.

Modeling expert, Daniela Cabrera created a beautiful edible sculpture with Satin Ice fondant and gum paste. The figurine was modeled after the Goddess Venus.

Sugar artist Jennifer Fray created a statement wheelbarrow overflowing with sugar flowers.

Laurie Collins used CakePlay Isomalt to create these gorgeous mosaic pieces. They looked like stained glass!

Jesuit Paul Nugas created a beautiful floral cake, adorned with colorful sugar-flowers and sitting in a sugar-vase.

One of the statement pieces from the collaboration was created by Hemu Basu. Her Grecian Goddess bust was crafted using Choco-Pan and airbrushed with edible color.

Willi Soto and Lili Cuellar showcased their stunning sugar-flowers and sculpting ability with this edible bust.

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