Hi Talented CC'ers!
I'm planning to enter the NM State Fair Cake Decorating contest in September. It is for amateurs only and has 3 catagories: wedding, fair theme, and special occasion. I've already designed 2 entries, ordered my cake dummies, and am chomping at the bit to get started.
What tips do you have for a first time cake decorating contest entrant?
Also - how far in advance do you make your fondant cake for a contest? Do you treat it with any glaze in advance or let it be?
Thanks in advance for your help!!!
If your fair allows you to use dummies and you don't have to use real cake, you can do it way ahead. The fondant will keep fine, just keep it out of sunlight so that it doesn't fade.
Here's my advice. I'm not a competition expert, but these are the things I have found to be important.
1. Read their rules carefully and be sure to follow them to a tee!
2. Be unique. Don't do the same thing you think others might be doing.
3. Pay attention to detail. It's those little finishing touches that really make a cake stand out.
4. Neatness, neatness and neatness!
5. Your cakeboard should be at least 2 to 3 inches bigger than your cake.
6. Think of you cakeboard as part of your display. Cover it with fondant or something to coordinate with your cake. Finish the edge with a nice ribbon.
I hope this will help you., good luck on your entry.