President of Nelson Cake Decorators, Linda Bunt.Photo: Kate Russell.

Event is Nelson’s icing on the cake


All things cake related will be on show in Nelson this weekend.

Hundreds of cake decorators are coming to town for ‘Cake and Sugar’ – the annual New Zealand Cake Decorators Guild conference at Club Waimea.

President of the Nelson guild Linda Bunt says it’s a privilege to host the event.

There will be overseas demonstrators, an exhibition of competition cakes, sprays of flowers, sugar art and more.

There will also be trading stalls where those interested in cake decorating can purchase materials.

Linda, who’s been a member of the guild for 20 years, says cake decorating is making a comeback in Nelson and they have doubled their membership in the last two years.

“We have 39 members including five 14 and 15-year-olds – and they are incredibly good. It’s an artform that was beginning to die off, so we’d like to get these young ones to carry the craft through.”

She attributes the surge of interest to the many cake decorating shows there are on television now.

“It’s not just about slapping stuff on a cake anymore.”

Linda says her interest in cake decorating was sparked by a friend who decorated wedding cakes.

“I used to watch with envy. They had night classes at Waimea College and Nayland College, so I joined one of those. From there I joined the guild and I’ve never looked back.”

She does everything from sculpting, to birthdays, to weddings and gets requests for the formal, to the semi-formal to the “very strange”.

“One cake I did for a wedding was a piece of steak. You do get challenged. Last week I had to do a buttocks cake.”

Linda says the conference is great way to learn new techniques but it’s something the public will enjoy too.

“The conference is a wonderful exhibition for someone who just wants to see a different art form and its varying styles.”

‘Cake and Sugar’ is on this Saturday 2 November from 8am – 5pm, and Sunday 3 November from 8am – 3.30pm at Club Waimea. Entry is $3, or $5 for a family. Children under 12 are free.