I have just been asked to enter a local cake competition/tasting that the Birth Center is putting on as a fundraiser for their organization. The theme is "Birthday."
Now, I would L.O.V.E to enter a competition, but haven't done so yet because I don't feel like my skill level is up to par to enter one of the big regional cake shows (ICES, Mid-Atlantic, etc.) However, this is just my area and I feel like it's a good step into getting a feel for what to expect at other comps.
So, my question is: do you think it's okay to enter a showpiece that is not so advanced? I LOVE pinkcakebox.com and would love to do a cake similar to some of her cakes, but is that too simple, even for a local competition? Should I try for something complex? I don't do a whole lot of sculpting or 3D figures, but I am getting into it (slowly) because I do want to advance my skills.
I see competition pictures that blow my mind! I just wonder if I should be aiming for that type of complexity or just do what I'm comfortable with, even tho it may be simple and already done before (like the pinkcakebox.com cake)
You do what you feel comfortable doing. A person that has never done a topsy turvy that submits one with bumps and lumps and crooked angles and smudged uneven accents....well, I'm not going to be impressed. I can't do basketweave to save my life, but understand it's fairly simple. So I will be 10 times more impressed with an entry of basketweave design executed flawlessly.
Whatever you are comfortable doing, and will result in a cake you are satisfied with is just about the way to go! Good luck and don't forget to submit a pic for us to see!
A 'competition' is as much for the nan-decorator visitors to enjoy as for the 'cakers' to compete in! Make something you like and feel comfortable doing and enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with!
I'm doing 2 cakes for the Arizona cake show this weekend, and I have one that is a fun/favorite that I do and another that I designed just to use some new cake toys I got from First Impressions just last month! I made the cakes to please ME and IF by chance it pleases the judges that is a bonus! If the non-cakers enjoy seeing it and are impressed with all of the cakes they see at the show...even better! I an anxious to see what all the entries will be.....and what NEW things I can see being done! After 30+ years doing cakes...there is Always something new to see and learn! And to me, that is the best reason to go....to compete...and to enjoy a cake show.