Thinking Of Entering A Competition...thoughts?

Decorating By Tellis12 Updated 27 Jan 2010 , 1:31pm by cylstrial

Tellis12 Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 7:34pm
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There is a cake decorating competition coming up soon and I was thinking about entering. I've never done any kind of contest or even a really fancy cake but I thought it might be fun.

I was just wondering if any of you have any thoughts, suggestions or tips for me, like where to start, what to not do, ect. Thanks!

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Elcee Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 11:37pm
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Hi, Tellis 12, I am entering my first "real" competition soon, too. The Colorado ICES chapter has their show over Valetine's day weekend. There is a thread here called Competiton Hints (I don't know how to attach the link, sorry) that was REALLY helpful.

I have entered a cake in my state fair but that wasn't really a serious competition. I don't sell cakes so I think competitions would be a fun way to stretch my creativity and skills. I am just a couple of hours of instruction and 3 months of experience beyond being able to enter as a beginner so I have to enter as an intermediate decorator even though I don't feel "intermediate". icon_smile.gif

I looked at your pictures and your cakes are really nice so that's certainly not an issue!

Good luck!

metria Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 11:44pm
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metria Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 11:45pm
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I also found that if you look at different cake show websites, their judging criteria might also clue you in on what to do. Here's another site:

MarlaQuack Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 11:53pm
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Hi Tellis,

Where and when is the competition?


Elcee Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 11:54pm
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Metria, that's it! Thank you!

Tellis12 Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 3:14am
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That hints post is awesome! I had no idea it was here. Thanks for the help. Good luck Elcee. Come back and let me know how it went.

Maria, I see you're in the Queen City as well. I'm planning to enter the Queen City Cake and Sugar Show. Have you done it?

MarlaQuack Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 1:08pm
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I've not entered the Queen City cake show, but am delighted to know when It is. I will probably come see it. I've yet to make it to a meeting with the group because I lead a Girl Scout troop every Tuesday night.


Loucinda Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 1:44pm
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I know quite a few of the members of Queen City - and they are all really nice ladies! (and they are very helpful too) I attended the show last year, and I am thinking of entering it this year too - maybe we will see each other there. icon_smile.gif
I used to have a paper on competition cakes, I will see if I can find it. It was a presentation that Christine Clark did at ICES. (she has won a ton of competitions with her cakes).

MarlaQuack Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 1:52pm
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Yea Loucinda! If you come you MUST let me know when you will be here so I can meet up with you again.


cylstrial Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 3:54pm
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I also participated in the Queen City cake competition last year. It was really good! There were lots of entries and the ladies were awesome! I really want to enter it again this year - but we are even farther away from it this year than we were last year. So I'm not sure that I'll be able to. I guess I need to make up my mind soon though.

But to the OP - yes you should enter! It will help you learn more about cake decorating and you will get to see so many other cakes!

Loucinda Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 5:44pm
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Tellis - you definately should enter (sorry I got a little off track with my last post) I can't find that paper I had that has the hints. I remember the cake drum was important, making sure it matched the cake and was the proper size.

Marla - if I go, I will let you know for sure. icon_smile.gif

Tellis12 Posted 27 Jan 2010 , 1:17pm
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Thanks for the support. It's nice to know how many of you in the QC are here on CC. I think I'm def. going to do it. Now I just have to figure out my design. That sounds like the difficult part!

cylstrial Posted 27 Jan 2010 , 1:31pm
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Pg 5 has the tips and guidelines about the board being the same shape, etc.

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