Headed to the cake show this weekend? Prepare to be amazed

Remember the Willie Nelson cake?

That’s the 2013 cake from Austinite Natalie Sideserf at the That Takes the Cake show that went viral not long after her husband posted it on Reddit.

Natalie Sideserf made this cake of Willie Nelson in 2013 that went viral. She and her husband, Dave, are now the stars of a new Food Network show called “Texas Cake House.” Deborah Cannon / American-Statesman 2013

Natalie Sideserf made this cake of Willie Nelson in 2013 that went viral. She and her husband, Dave, are now the stars of a new Food Network show called “Texas Cake House.” Deborah Cannon / American-Statesman 2013

Fast forward four years, and the Sideserfs are now the stars of a new Food Network reality show called “Texas Cake House” that debuted in January and shows how they make the craziest pieces of edible art you’ve ever seen. Although only two episodes have aired, more will air later this year.

You don’t have to wait for new episodes to see some awesome cake action. This weekend, the Sideserfs and hundreds of other cake artists from around the country will be showing at the That Takes the Cake Cake and Sugar Arts Show. The show takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Round Rock Sports Complex, 2400 Chisholm Trail Road, and along with the competition, the event includes classes and hands-on activities.

Realistic sculpture cakes are among the many attractions to That Takes the Cake, one of the largest cake and sugar arts shows in the country, which is now in its 13th year. Marcial Guajardo / Round Rock Leader

Realistic sculpture cakes are among the many attractions to That Takes the Cake, one of the largest cake and sugar arts shows in the country, which is now in its 13th year. Marcial Guajardo / Round Rock Leader

In this week’s food section, I had a whole story about how these cake artists are pushing the limits of edible art. One of the bakers in the story, Sara Weber, has a fine art degree, but didn’t start getting serious about caking — as it is known — until just a few years ago. Now, she’s winning contests and teaching classes and making hyper-realistic cakes.

Weber will be among the many competitors and teachers at this weekend’s event. Here are a few more photos to give you an idea of what you’ll see if you’ve never attended before:

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This cake was a winner in the special techniques category at the That Takes the Cake show in 2009. Contributed by Lettuce Turnip Photography

 

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That Takes the Cake draws cake artists from all over the country for its annual show in Round Rock each February. American-Statesman 2011

 

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More than 300 show-stopping cakes will be on display at the annual That Takes the Cake cake and sugar arts show. Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman 2013

 


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