Killer Cakes – Issue #113

Posted on Jun 01 2015


Are you planning on attending the 2015 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show? Gayle Trent and I are! Queen of Cakes Kerry Vincent has invited us to be there to promote Killer Wedding Cake!

This year’s theme is Fashion Week. We can hardly wait to see all the beautiful cakes, to see Ms. Vincent again, and to meet some of the wonderful cake artists (fingers crossed that Rosemary Galpin will be there)!

So, will you be there? If so, please let me know!

Killer Cakes – Issue 66

Posted on May 20 2013


Battered to Death CoverI’m excited that my friend Gayle Trent has finished my latest adventure, BATTERED TO DEATH, and it’s scheduled to be released on September 24, 2013. I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I wanted to share the wonderful things people are saying!

“One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”

—Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Trent has written an absolutely captivating cozy, complete with all the traditional elements of the genre. . . . I hadn’t even read past page seven, and I had laughed out loud numerous times. The dialogue in this book is filled with snappy wit.”

Pudgy Penguin Perusals

“Entertaining…and tasty read” 

–Entertainment Weekly

“It has been an absolutely fabulous experience knowing Gayle as a good friend and a genuine pleasure watching her mature into a very accomplished storyteller. The fact that she can weave a mystery about the things that we both find enchanting while drawing in a mainstream audience illustrates her skill with words. Daphne gets to investigate the complexities of the human condition, with one hand on her mixer and the other wielding a piping bag while embracing the craft that I love so much. Both Gayle and I are fascinated with the ins and outs of baking and decorating and the convoluted backstories that make it all so exciting; the crème de la crème for a mystery writer. A must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”

–Kerry Vincent, Food Network Challenge Judge and Master Sugar Artist

Does it get any better than that? Wow!

Here’s what the book is about:

Daphne Martin’s life is pretty sweet right now—she has a loving boyfriend, a popular cake decorating company, and has recently entered into a cake competition in town. But when she attends a class with a famously ornery celebrity chef, all of that threatens to change. The chef is found beaten to death with a cake stand after his first lesson, and he has more enemies than anyone can count. So it’s a shock to Daphne when she immediately comes under police suspicion. And on top of that, her boyfriend tells her he’s considering a career move—to Kentucky. To a company run by an old girlfriend! And, there’s still the cake competition Daphne has to win.

Daphne will need to put her wits to the test again—with the help of her nosy friend Myra—in order to clear her name, win the competition, and salvage her romance.

If you’d like, you can go ahead and pre-order the book!


Killer Cakes – Issue 61

Posted on Mar 11 2013


Fun with Sugar is coming up at the Central Park Hall at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Not only can you go and have fun with sugar, but you can also have fun with Kerry Vincent! 🙂 Ms. Vincent will be hosting the event, which takes place on Sunday, April 13, from 2 – 5 p.m.

Workshops will be provided by such accomplished sugar artists as Rebecca Sutterby, Cheryl Hawkins, Jayne Cunningham, Carolyn Wanke-Mangold, and Jennifer Matsubara. In total, sixteen decorators will be hosting workshops. Demonstrations will feature piped extension work, fantasy flowers, a detailed saddle, and pastillage pillars.

The cost is currently $20 per person, but the price increases to $22 after April 1. Visit the site for additional information. (Please excuse the use of last year’s flyer.)

Killer Cakes – Issue 49

Posted on Sep 10 2012


It’s almost that time again–time for one of the most prestigious cake-decorating competitions in the country: the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. If you’re a cake enthusiast and you’ve never been to the show, I encourage you to go if you get the chance.

This year’s theme is “Headgear, Hats, and Headbands,” and the festivities begin on September 28 and continue through September 30. Daily demonstrations will be provided by Celebrity Edible Art Stars, Martin Howard and Orlando Serrano.

Take a look at the video below comprised of photographs Gayle Trent took at the competition she attended a few years back. There’s even a photo of Gayle with Food Network Challenge Judge and Master Sugar Artist Kerry Vincent!

Again, the show is scheduled for September 28-30 at the Tulsa State Fair’s Quiktrip Building, Sugar Art Location No. 42 on Fair Map.


Killer Cakes – Issue 46

Posted on Jul 30 2012


I have some exciting news–Gayle Trent just signed a contract for Book 4 in the cake decorating mystery series! It will be titled Battered to Death and should be released sometime in 2013.

Event Spotlight: 2012 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show

At right is the cake that won First Runner Up in the 2011 competition and was prepared by Pamela Tsaldaris of Michigan. This year’s theme is Once Upon A Wedding Cake. Presenters at this year’s show include NYC pastry chef Martin Howard (follow Martin on FB) and master sugar artist Orlando Serrano (contact Orlando via email at

Of course, Kerry Vincent will be on hand to oversee the festivities. You might be familiar with Ms. Vincent as a judge from the Food Network Challenge shows, but did you know that she was inducted into the International Cake Exploration Societé Hall of Fame in 2004, and then the Dessert Professional Hall of Fame in 2010? If that isn’t impressive enough, Ms. Vincent has lived in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Switzerland, Singapore and Holland. She is a successful author, freelance writer, international presenter and wedding-cake-style advisor and designer.

Start making plans now to attend (compete in, maybe?) the 2012 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. Sign up for email updates.

By the way, Ms. Vincent asked Gayle Trent to send some signed copies of the cake decorating mystery series for the show. Gayle sent four copies of each of the three current books for Ms. Vincent to share with contestants and/or show attendees!  


Killer Cakes – Issue 30

Posted on Oct 03 2011


Thanks to the incomparable Kerry Vincent, Killer Sweet Tooth debuted at the 2011 Oklahoma Sugar Art Show in Tulsa this past weekend. (Pictured is Karen Portaleo’s entry at last year’s show.)  Ms. Vincent was instrumental in getting some pre-publication buzz for Daphne’s third adventure among the premiere cake decorators in the country.  Both Gayle and I appreciate Ms. Vincent’s kindness and generosity!

Please note, we’ll be having a contest prior to Killer Sweet Tooth‘s release on October 11 (next Tuesday). So please stay tuned for details. There will be lots of great prizes to be won, including, of course, copies of Killer Sweet Tooth.

Killer Cakes – Issue 16

Posted on Sep 27 2010


This weekend–October 1-3–Kerry Vincent will be hosting the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. Set up will take place on Friday, October 1. Below is the 2009 Grand Prize winning cake decorated by Mercedes Strachwsky of Florida. Mercedes’ cake beautifully illustrated the show’s theme, “Of Sea and Shore.”

On Saturday, October 2, visitors can attend the show from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.  On Sunday, October 3, the event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (or the conclusion of the awards ceremony).

The Grand National Wedding Cake Competition’s 2010 theme is Mansions and Monasteries. Contestants will “create a showpiece depicting elements from an existing mansion or monastery.”

A special guest to the show this year will be Richard Ruskell. To date, Chef Ruskell has won the most Food Network Challenge comeptitions. Additional guest “stars” include Corporate Chef Donald Wressell, “Cake Chicks” Cheri Elder, Bronwen Weber, and Carolyn Wanke Mangold, and the award-winning chef Andrew Shotts.

If you’re attending the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, be sure to check out all the wonderful vendors on hand. You can get some terrific items there–at least, I know I did! Also, if you go, please say hello to Kerry and give her a hug from Daphne and Gayle!