Rules and regulations

Registration Deadline:

Sunday
September 10, 2023

Entry Fee:

$40

Set Up:

Friday
Sept. 21, 2023
2:00pm – 7:30pm

NO entries will be accepted after 7:30pm

Judging:

Saturday
September 22, 2023

Registration may close early if we reach max capacity!
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Classifications

Open to all adults 18 years or older

Professional

One who qualifies under at least one of the following:

  • Has been decorating for more than 5 years
  • Has taken 100 to 150 hours of hands on sugar art classes
  • Is an ICES Certified Sugar Artist or a Master Certified Sugar Artist
  • Is an ACF Certified Executive Pastry Chef
  • Works in a commercial bakery full time
  • Teaches (or has taught) classes in advanced cake decorating techniques
  • Is a cake show judge
  • Has won 3 Best of Advanced or Semi-Professional Division award

Advanced/Semi-Professional

One who qualifies under at least one of the following:

  • Has been decorating for more than 3 years, primarily as a hobby
  • Has taken 50 to 100 hours of hands on sugar art classes
  • Makes cakes for sale as a part time business
  • Teaches basic cake decorating classes
  • Has won 2 Best of Intermediate Division awards
  • Must not meet any of the qualifications under the professional division

Intermediate

One who qualifies under at least one of the following:

  • Has been decorating 2 years or more as a hobby
  • Has taken 25 to 50 hours of hands on sugar art classes
  • Has graduated from a culinary/pastry program school within the last 6 months
  • Has won one Best of Beginner Division award
  • Must not meet any of the qualifications under the Advanced/Semi-Professional division

Beginner/Student

  •  Decorates as a hobby for less than 2 years
  •  Has taken less than 25 hours of hands on sugar art classes
  • Is self-taught through online classes, books, etc.
  • Is a student enrolled in a culinary/pastry program
  • Must not meet any of the qualifications under the Intermediate, Advanced/Semi-Professional and Professional divisions
Categories
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Sculpted Cakes
  • Novelty/Special Occasion Cakes
Judging System
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be chosen in each category and classification.
  • Winner will be chosen for Best of Division, then Best of Show will be chosen from the Best of Division winners.
  • People’s Choice Award will be voted on by attendees.
  • All entries will receive score card with comments.
Scoring for all Categories

Entries will be judged on the following

  • Incorporation of required elements — 15 points
    • Specific to each category
  • Creativity & Originality — 10 points
  • Neatness of cake covering — 10 points
  • Neatness of decorations on cake — 10 points
  • Difficulty of technique(s) used — 15 points
  • Skill — 15 points
    • Number of techniques & mediums
  • Use of color — 10 points
  • Overall appearance — 15 points
General Rules for all Categories
  • Registration must be completed and paid for by September 10th, no entries will be accepted after that time.
  • All entrants must check in at the registration desk before being escorted to the Cake Competition Show Area.
  • Only 1 entry per person, per category is permitted.
  • Each entry will receive an identifying number that will be attached to the cake board to assist in judging.
  • Absolutely no identifying markings should be on or near the entry. (Names, logos, business cards, etc).
  • Entries must be checked in by 630pm, and set up must be completed by 7:30pm Sept 21,, 2023.
  • Judging will take place September 22, 2023.
  • Winners will be announced about 1:00 pm, September 22, 2023.
  • Entries are not permitted to leave the vendor hall until 3pm, Sept 23rd, 2023
  • Entries must be removed from the display area between 3pm-6pm, September 23rd.
    • Any items, cakes, displays, etc remaining after 6pm, will be disposed of by staff.
  • No machined or laser-cut cookie parts are allowed.
  • All entries will be photographed and shared on the website and social media, by entering the competition, you are giving us permission to share pictures.
  • Judges reserve the right to remove or disqualify any entry they feel violates rules or doesn’t meet requirements.
  • Judges decisions are final.
Wedding Cake Requirements

Theme: Wedding Songs

  • Open to all Professional & Intermediate entries
  • The theme is Wedding Songs.  This should be a creative interpretation of any song that you feel would be a great song for a wedding.  Name of song, lyrics or artist name is allowed to be incorporated.  Copywritten images should not used.
  • Must be minimum of 3 tiers
  • Entry must not exceed a base measuring 20”x20”.
    • No element of the design may exceed 20”x20”
  • All flowers must be handmade, commercial/premade flowers are not permitted
    • Floral wires should not be inserted directly into the cake, use straws or picks
  • May be made with real cake and/or cake dummies, but must be a design that can be easily translated into cake
  • Use of non-toxic items (luster dust, disco dust, etc) is permitted
  • Minimum of 4 different techniques must be used to decorate the cake, more are encouraged.
  • Competitors will complete an entry form to be displayed with their cake, form will have
    • Identification number
    • Category
    • Classification
    • Description of cake and inspiration (list of techniques used)
  • Judges decisions are final.
Sculpted Cake Requirements

Theme: Music

  • Open to Professional, Intermediate and Beginner entries.
  • The theme is Music.  This should be a creative interpretation of any song, song lyrics, artist, genre or era that you choose. Name of song, lyrics or artist name is allowed to be incorporated.  Copywritten images should not used.
  • Entry must not exceed a base measuring 20”x20”.
    • No element of the design may exceed 20”x20”
  • Must be a minimum of 12” tall, base is not included in the overall height
  • Entries MUST be made of at least 75% real cake and 25% dummy or rice cereal.
    • Cake must be covered with edible materials
    • Toppers or anything added to the outside of the cake must be handcrafted and made of edible
      material
  • Use of non-toxic items (luster dust, disco dust, etc) IS permitted
  • Minimum of 6 in process photos must be taken while working on your piece.
    • Must be submitted at the time of check-in
    • If no photos are provided, your piece WILL NOT BE JUDGED.
  • Competitors will complete an entry form to be displayed with their cake, form will have
    • Identification number
    • Category
    • Classification
    • Description of cake and inspiration
  • Judges decisions are final.
Special Occasion/Novelty Cake Requirements

Theme: Music

  • Open to Professional, Intermediate and Beginner entries
  • The theme is Music.  This should be a creative interpretation of any song, song lyrics, artist, genre or era that you choose. Name of song, lyrics or artist name is allowed to be incorporated.  Copywritten images should not used.
  • Entry must not exceed a base measuring 20”x20”. No element of the design my exceed 20”x20”
  • Must be a 1 or two tiers
  • If using flowers, they must be handmade, commercial/premade flowers are not permitted
    • Floral wires should not be inserted directly into the cake, use straws or picks
  • May be made with cake dummies, but must be a design that can be easily translated into cake
    • Must be covered with edible materials
    • Toppers or anything added to the outside of the cake, must be handcrafted and made of edible material
  • If applicable, underside of all exposed dummies must be covered
  • Use of non-toxic items (luster dust, disco dust, etc) IS permitted
  • Minimum of 2 different techniques must be used to decorate the cake, more are encouraged.
  • Competitors will complete an entry form to be displayed with their cake, form will have
    • Identification number
    • Category
    • Classification
    • Description of cake and inspiration (list of techniques used)
  • Judges decisions are final.

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