I am thinking about entering a cake decorating contest at the Tulsa State Fair. I am wondering what will make a positive impression on the judges. Will it be better to use cake dummys? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Most competitions require dummies-the cakes have to sit a long time.
There is generally a score card, often available on the fair's website.
The board must be at least 2" larger than the base of the cake
It should be decorated to match/blend with the cake
I once got a 'ding' for not texturing the back of a leaf (who know?)
. . . while I have never competed . . . I can only guess that the list that CC's Critique Subgroup uses for guidelines would be something most judges would be looking for . . .
1.) Creativity (original design or clever adaptation of another idea) is interesting and pleasing. What might work better.
2.) Clean not cluttered or overdone, neat and skillful.
3.) Suitable degree of difficulty for skill level. Are you pushing yourself.
4.) Proper use of tips i.e. control, pressure and technique.
5.) Color choice and use, mixed well without streaking, compliments the design.
6.) Smooth coat without crumbs.
7.) Attention to details.
8.) Attention to cake board.
9.) Overall appearance.
and as a previous poster mentioned . . . sometimes the "rules" would be available . . . GOOD LUCK . . . and have fun . . . l hope some of our "competitors" will step up to the plate and answer your question too . . .