Cake Camp History

About Cake Camp

Contributed by Fay Shanholtzer

It’s hard to believe how the California Cake Club has grown and what has been accomplished since the beginning in 1980, at Anaheim. Frances Kuyper (The Cake Lady), the Founder, held the first meeting in Anaheim with approximately 40 attending. Jeanne Lutz was appointed President for two years.

In 1982-84 under the presidency of Fay Shanholtzer, California Cake Club received the statues of a Non Profit Corporation. For the October 8, 1983 meeting in Bakersfield, we had the first mini demos, which developed into the first Mini Classes on July 14-17, 1989 at Bakersfield College, during the Presidency of Vada Millar.

In July of 1989 it was presented with the idea for the California Cake Club to sponsor Mini Classes with traveling teachers. Many members had been approached for this to happen. After many meetings and telephone calls, Vada stepped up to spear head the project with help from Lorine Eckardt. and set the dates for July 14-17, 1989 for the very first Mini Classes, to be held at the Bakersfield College. There were 17 teachers and 53 classes scheduled. All classes were well attended with students coming from all over California and other states. In Feb 1991, the Board announced that an agreement was formed between 3C’s and Country Kitchen, in Illinois, to offer mini classes on alternating years. Hence, they held mini classes in 1991, and we continued in 1992, holding the event biennially.

The California Cake Club members are pleased to have so many countries support our Cake Camps. We realize how important it is to have all this knowledge available to everyone.

Below is the history that has led us to our 14th Cake Camp.

Mini Classes
Year Location Dates Executives Theme
1989 Bakersfield College July 14-17 Pres: Vada Millar Chair: Lorine Eckhardt
1990 Bakersfield College July 13-16 Pres: Vada Millar Chair: Lorine Eckhardt
1992 UC Santa Barbara July 17-20 Pres: Vada Millar Chair: Lorine Eckhardt
1994 UC Santa Barbara July 14-17 Pres: Linda Doorbar Chair: Jeanne Lutz Chairman Aloha
1996 UC Santa Barbara July 11-14 Pres: Linda Doorbar Chair: Nancy Morgan Western
1998 San Jose State U July 9-12 Pres: Helen Freeborn Chairs: Pat Strubb & Nancy Morgan Ship Wreck
2000 Loyola Marymount U July 13-16 Pres: Linda Bills Chair: Alice Molina Down On The Farm
2002 UC Riverside August 15-18 Pres: Linda Bills Chair: Alice Molina Under The Big Top
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2004 UC Riverside June 24-27 Pres & Chair: Laura Grater Hollywood
2006 Riviera Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada September 3-6 Pres & Chair: Laura Grater Summer Camp
2008 Riviera Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada Jul 31 – Aug 3 Chairs: Linda Bills & Valerie Lindsley Get Lucky
2009 Riviera Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada September 17-20 Chairs: Linda Bills & Valerie Lindsley Cakes, Cookies and Creativity
2011 Green Valley Ranch Resort Henderson, Nevada July 14-17 Chairs: Linda Bills & Valerie Lindsley Sugar Art in the Vineyard
2013 Green Valley Ranch Resort Henderson, Nevada July 18-21 Chairs: Linda Bills & Valerie Lindsley Tiers & Tiaras
2015 Green Valley Ranch Resort Henderson, Nevada August 13-16 Chairs: Linda Bills & Valerie Lindsley Sweetastic Sports
2017 M Resort, Henderson, Nevada August 10-13 Chairs: Linda Bills & Valerie Lindsley The Roaring 20’s