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post #76 of 81
.......support materials (rods, PVC pipe, straws, toothpicks, floral wire)........

I would say columns w/dowels etc are perfectly o.k. according to those rules.
post #77 of 81
There are some wonderful tips in this thread! Thank you! I am planning on entering OSSAS this year - it will be my first competition, and I am entering a tiered wedding cake. My question is how far do most people go when decorating the table for their cake? I have some white organza fabric for draping that I got really cheap, and some ribbon for bows - will that be enough, or do people do more than that? Thanks!
post #78 of 81
Thread Starter 
If you are entering the divisional part of the competition then you do not need table decoration. You can use some as long as it does not take up too much space. The divisional entries are extensive and placed very close together.

If you are planning to enter the wedding cake competition then your table will need to be fully decorated. You will be reserved a 48 inch round table (that is in poor condition) and your table cloth/skirting MUST reach the floor. Tables are 29-30" high. It's okay for the fabric to "puddle" at the floor.

It's okay to use sheer fabric but over a heavier type of fabric. This hides the legs and the table top hang over if tucked underneath the skirting. Points will be slashed if any part of the under side can be seen. In this competition the table is almost as important as the cake. Your table must coordinate well with your cake and reflect the theme.

One thing that many people do not know about the location is the affect of the lighting. The lights put off a yellow cast. This changes the colors of everything but the fabric. So a white cake that looks beautiful in your house, in sunlight, fluorescent, or incandescent light will look cream if you are lucky.
I have had cakes that looked wonderful everywhere but there. One cake was matched perfectly, including the ribbon trim on the board. Then I took it to Tulsa and the cake looked old and dirty, while the ribbon looked like it could glow in the dark.

If you want to use white as your table covering that's great. Just be sure there is a contrasting color between the table cloth and a white cake. Try to make it look like the whites complement each other rather than appear that poor planning was involved. Even intentionally off-white cakes will look more yellow than say, eggshell or cream.

I learned all this the hard way. icon_lol.gif

HTH

Michele
Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
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Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
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post #79 of 81
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I forgot to add that extra table decorations are nice. Just don't over do it. If you can make edible decorations for your table scape - all the better.

The people who enter this competition put hundreds of hours into their work. It's a great experience. The hardest thing to do is to not take the judges notes personally. They DO NOT know who's cake is whose and judge based on the criteria given to them by Kerry Vincent. She has set a high standard for the competitors, so the judging must be stringent.

Michele
Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
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Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Galations 6:9, NLT

Author of "The Sugar Fix" cookbook and "Bloomin' Garden" DVD.
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post #80 of 81
I'm thinking of entering novice at the nec in oct. Ive found the classes but cant find any info. Has anyone done it before that can tell me what happens and any details
post #81 of 81

Competition curiosity.... 

 

I am entering a competition in a month and a half and for the wedding cake division I am thinking of doing a cake with wafer paper ruffles. Has anyone done a cake in advanced with wafer paper and let it sit out? Will it dry up and crack?

 

Also, I absolutely love modern minimalist wedding cakes with a few things here and there, but it seems that the more ornate wedding cakes tend to win. Have you found this to be true in your experience?

 

I am also considering having a portion of my show cake spin electronically. How do you think judges will take this? Will this be considered as another skill? Or is having a portion of the cake rotate too over the top?

 

Thanks!

 

KAYLA

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