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CookieCon 2014 Recap

Written by Mike Tamplin Apr 9, 2014


I know, I know. It’s been over a month since my last post, but I swear I have a good excuse. My month of March has been crazy (the phrase “March Madness” seems totally fitting). The workload at my day job has picked up, which keeps the days interesting but busy. Family also came to visit me, which was a pleasant distraction for a few days. However, the most exciting reason for my lack of blog updates is recovering from the fun I had at CookieCon!

For those unfamiliar, CookieCon is a cookie art convention where attendees from all around the world come to showcase, network, and learn all things cookie. This year was its second time hosting in Salt Lake City, Utah, but my first time attending the event. It was a surreal experience to finally meet the people behind the cookie blogs and Facebook pages I follow on a regular basis. I had a wonderful time and wanted to share with you a few aspects of my trip.

The Keynote Presentation

The event weekend began with a killer opening by the multi-talented Arty McGoo and her equally-talented husband, Mr. John. They put together hilarious clips of CookieVision, a pitch for an all-cookie TV channel. You can find the run down of this keynote opener at Arty McGoo’s blog.

Here is a clip of my favorite part of their keynote presentation.

The Swag

Each attendee was given a swag bag full of cookie decorating goodies. Cookie cutters, stencils, disco dusts, you name it and it was probably in there. However, there were two items I’ve never seen before that piqued my interests.

CookieCon swag items

The pump brush by The Sugar Art is a neat little device. The packaging mentions you can fill the center with pearl dust and press the pump to dispense the color. However, I think it could be very useful if filled with cornstarch. If an airbrushed cookie dries tacky to the touch, use the brush to dust over the cookie with cornstarch to set the airbrush color.

Another item that caused a stir of excitement at CookieCon was the Notta Cookie by Karen’s Cookies. It’s a practice surface to try out all your decorating techniques without the need to bake a cookie. It’s reusable and dishwasher safe!

CookieCon cutters

While theses cutters weren’t included in the swag bag, I just had to purchase them when Karen’s Cookies debuted them at the convention. The new speech bubbles and plaque shapes will definitely come in handy for fortune cookie sets.

The Sugar Show Entries

One of the popular features of CookieCon was visiting the room with all the Sugar Show entries. I entered the Maleficent cookie below for the “Once Upon a Time” category, which happen to win a Presenter’s Choice Award from Anne of Flour Box Bakery. Thank you, Anne!

Maleficent Cookie

There were so many jaw-dropping entries in the Sugar Show, but here is a small sample of my very many favorites. I wish I could have captured all the entries on film.

CookieCon Sugar Show
CookieCon Sugar Show
CookieCon Sugar Show
CookieCon Sugar Show
CookieCon Sugar Show

The Links to More

My one main regret was not taking enough pictures of the happenings of the event and the wonderful people I met over the weekend. It was difficult to take in all the sights and participate in all the action while lugging around a large camera that seemed to just get in the way. I should have taken more photos with my phone!

However, where I lacked in taking photos, these ladies did a great job capturing and sharing what CookieCon was all about. Check out these links to see more of the exciting event:


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17 replies on “CookieCon 2014 Recap

  1. When and WHERE will the next Cookie Con be held — Sooooooooooo wished I could have attended but I am in Virginia and distance to the convention was a bit too far.

    1. Hi Kathy! Rumor has it the next CookieCon will be in the Fall of 2015. A venue and date haven’t been determined yet though. Maybe by the end of this year there will be an announcement about it. :)

      1. Certainly looking forward to that news– WHO actually coordinates the event?

        1. Mike and Karen of the online store, KarensCookies.net, are the organizers of the event. They created a separate website and Facebook page for CookieCon, so be sure to follow both for the latest announcements.

  2. Hi Mike. It was nice meeting you at CookieCon. I can’t wait for the next one. Thanks for the cornstarch idea with the pump brush. Where did you get your background in today’s pictures?

    1. Nice meeting you too, Kathy! Did you mean the white wooden background in the photos? If that’s the case, I did a blog post about how I made them. You can check them out at this link: http://www.semisweetdesigns.com/2013/04/15/diy-reversible-wood-table-top-tutorial/

  3. Brings back lots of good memories, Mike. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for including me in your list of “more from CookieCon”. :) It was wonderful to meet you!

    1. It was awesome finally meeting you, Pam!

  4. Let me start off by saying my jaw is on the floor! Those sugar show entries are out of this world amazing!! WOW!!! Your cookie is incredible!

    I wish I could have attended this year. I would love to have seen you in person. Maybe next time.

    1. There were so many Sugar Show entries that left you in awe! I wish I could have included them all in this post. Hopefully, we will get a chance to hang out in person, Lisa!

  5. Wow, this was a great recap and my cheeks hurt from smiling! It was great to meet you and wish we could have spent more time chatting. I’m not as crazy as I seem…okay, actually, that was me on my best behavior! :)

    1. Kim, you were so much fun! You and Tricia were such a hoot. :) SO happy I got to spend time with you and I hope we’ll get another chance in the future.

  6. It was so great to meet you….I hated that I was so under the weather this time, but I absorbed as much info as I could. On day one I took 3 pictures in the sugar show, and yours was one of them. I love that wicked witch! See you at the next one!

    1. Susie, I’m so glad I got to meet in person. You were just as sweet in person as you are online!

  7. I was just wondering how you were doing and stopped by to find this great recap! So great to have met you in person. This guy is just as cool as he seems people!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca! I know I’ve been out of commission for a few weeks. However, I have cookies baked as I type! It was wonderful meeting and hanging out with you in SLC! Regarding me being cool… takes one to know one. ;)

  8. Thanks for posting that video, I watched it 3 times in the row. So fun. :-)
    Your cookie is awesome, looks the dough was colored, too. I think, it looks like it. It blends really well with the icing and all. Great idea.
    Those are nice cookie toys to play with. I’m loving the idea of a practice cookie, have you tried it ?
    Would have been really nice to meet you finally in person, maybe next time.

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