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At annual Del Mar cake show, it’s all about skills and sugar

Attendees get a close look at some of the competition’s larger entries.
The annual San Diego Cake Show is March 17 and 18 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Photo by Charlie Neuman

It’s a chance for bakers and confectioners to get out of the kitchen and share space and ideas with other sugar enthusiasts as the annual San Diego “Confections for a Cause” Cake Show. Local bakers, professional pastry chefs, amateur decorators and people who just love looking at intricate sugar sculptures can spend three days in classes and workshops learning about techniques and tricks for all skill levels. Plus, there’s a cake design competition, decorating demonstrations, and vendor booths. (A percentage of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.)

San Diego Cake Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (classes start at 11 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday).Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. $10-$18 for the show, $14-$23 for parking, $100-$435 to attend classes. (858) 333-6905. sandiegocakeshow.com