Cake Decorating Competition Winning Tips
Thursday, 31 July 2014
It's so frustrating to spending time and money on a cake competition project only to have it disqualified so here are some tips that might just get you the gold prize.
- READ THE SCHEDULE thoroughly, not just the class but the whole thing.
- Dummies are usually used for competition cakes (unless the schedule states otherwise) but remember whatever you do with a dummy cake must be repeatable with a real cake.
- It is bad practice to push wires directly into cakes and to use un-edible supports/beads/diamantes. Use food grade picks to insert wires into your cake.
- If there is anything you are unclear about on the schedule then contact the competition organiser.
- If the schedules states to fit within 12" then this includes everything including the board ribbons
- Be original, don't copy straight out of a book or magazine
- Do not enter the same piece in a series of different competitions
- Gold, metallic and glitter are popular but do not use to excess and check that they are food grade or can be easily removed.
- Take time to get a good coating on cakes.
- Include sufficient techniques to show skill without using too many techniques to detract from the overall design.
- Add ribbon around the edge of the board
- With floral arrangements do not leave wire stems straight, a bend makes them look more natural.
- Make sure your cake is entered in the most suitable class.
- If the rules say do not use a particular item, DON'T USE IT.
- If the class does not state a height restriction, then it can be as high as you like.
- If the schedule states a cube then height, width and depth of the exhibit must fit completely within the cube measurements.
- Fruit cake classes often have a weight range, so weigh the cake before the competition.
- A flower spray must have all stems wired together to show wiring up skills.
- An arrangement can have wires going into sugarpaste, oasis or similar substance.
- A plaque is a thin, removable sugar item, not a coated board.
- Once you have completed your piece re-read the schedule.