International Cake Exploration Societé


Why Should You Join ICES?

Membership Gives You All Of This:

Annual Sharing Show & Convention

At this yearly event you will be able to see and experience:
  • Beautiful displays of sugar art produced by members from all around the world
  • A variety of demonstrations on techniques and methods, both innovative and tried-and-true at beginner through advanced levels
  • The very latest in cake decorating products, tools, and supplies from vendors from around the world
  • The opportunity to meet and talk with authors of books about cake decorating and confectionery arts
  • A membership meeting and installation of new officers. Learn more about the aims and organization of our Societe` by reading our Bylaws.

For more on Annual Sharing Shows & Conventions, see Coming Events.

Local Sharing Events

Local representatives are elected or appointed each year to help spread the art of cake decorating around the world. Throughout the year these representatives conduct meetings, get-togethers and Days of Sharing for their members. At these events you will meet other decorators from your area, see demonstrations and often participate in contests and other hands-on activities.

For more on Local Sharing Events, see Coming Events.


You will receive the ICES newsletter eleven times a year. It is designed to keep you informed about cake shows, classes, ICES events, and cake decorating ideas. Featured are color photos of cakes that were displayed at the most recent annual sharing show and convention. All ICES members are encouraged to share recipes, hints, patterns and photos for use in the newsletter.

Newsletters are also published by the local representatives. These newsletters will keep you up-to-date on people and events in your area. Want to peek inside and see some of the articles? Here are three recent articles from the newsletter received by our members.

For our latest Newsletter, see Newletter.


At all ICES events you will have the opportunity to be with other people--men, women, and children--who share your love of cake decorating and the confectionery arts. Our members run the gamut from beginner to professional level, from homemakers who occasionally bake cakes for their families to bakery professionals.


ICES promotes the art of cake decorating by awarding one or more annual scholarships to applicants deemed most likely to develop and promote the art form. Contact your local representative for a scholarship application.

For more on Scholarships, see Scholarships.


ICES membership brochures and publicity posters for upcoming conventions are available as well. Informative booklets on starting a cake club or organizing a cake show are also available for a small fee.

Hall of Fame

ICES honors cake decorators who have contributed significantly to this art by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. As an ICES member you can nominate people for this honor, and you may meet many of these "stars" of the cake decorating art, as they often attend the annual sharing shows.

For more on Hall of Fame nominations, see Nominations.

Annual Dues

  • Regular/Domestic*: $60 per year.
  • Membership - Digital Newsletter Only: $45 per year. (Available for US, International, and Gold Key memberships.)
  • International**: $75 per year.
  • Associate: $25 per year. Resides with or works for Charter or Regular Members and uses the same address. Does not receive a newsletter or the Representative's mailing, Is entitled to all other membership rights and benefits.
  • Three-Year Membership Plan: $156 for Regular/Domestic*; $201 for International**.
  • Charter Membership: $20 - Members who joined ICES before September 1,1977.
  • Gold Key Membership: $50 per year for Domestic*; $65 per year for International**. Those members who are not Charter members, are over the age of 60, and have been ICES members for at least fifteen (15) continuous years. (Please forward proof of age to ICES to the Membership Coordinator.)
  • Student Membership: $25 per year. Full time student enrolled in High School, College, or an accredited culinary or vocational school. Must show proof of enrollment. (Membership includes digital newsletter.)

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