2018 Rules and Regulations

Information and Regulations

Entries and Participants

Participation in the cake show is open to all interested persons. Entrants may only enter in one division; within that division an entrant may enter one item per category. All work must be the sole work of the participant (See Children’s Division for the only exception). Entries must be a minimum of 6” x 6”, but no larger than 36” x 36” at the base.  This measurement includes anything upon, or with which the item is displayed.  Satellite cakes must also fit into this measurement. There is no height restriction.


Dummy or Styrofoam cakes are encouraged, but the piece must be possible with real cake. Sculptured cakes must be possible with at least 50% real cake. A comprehensive diagram or two photographs indicating framework (the base or form upon which the cake is assembled), actual cake placement and design must accompany all sculpted entries. Place next to the entry in an envelope marked “For judges’ examination only,”


Judges will disqualify an entry that has been posted on any social media site PRIOR to judging. This includes pictures of the process of making the entry, as well as the finished product.   COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IS NOT ALLOWED without written permission from copyright owner.  (Any cake using such material will be accepted for display only).


The show committee reserves the right to reclassify any entry to another division or category. No entries will be accepted that are in poor taste or of a sexual nature. All entries for this show must be original work for this show. Any that have been previously judged may be entered for display only. Entries may be photographed, and all photographs and negatives are the property of the person taking them. The photos may be used by Washington State Sugar Artists’ for publicity purposes. 


Reasonable care will be taken of all exhibits. However, Washington State Sugar Artists’, its members, the show staff, owner/operators, and staff of the show site will not be responsible for any loss or damage to persons or entries. If the need arises, the show staff may move an entry, due to unforeseen issues.


Each registered participant will receive a ‘Certificate of Participation.’ Ribbons will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries per judge’s points awarded. There may not be a first, second, or third place in each category. Best of Show must have earned a first place ribbon. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded to ‘Best of Show’, and other top winning entries. All children and youth will receive ribbons. A special ‘First Timer’s’ award will be given. Due to the variable length of judging time, awards and ribbons may not be put out for public viewing until Sunday. 


No advertising or signage is allowed without permission of the show directors and proper fees paid.

Judging

Judges are invited from the world of cake decorating and confectionery arts. They have received training and have been qualified by the Washington State Sugar Artists 'Judges’ Committee. All scoring awarded by the judges is tabulated by a third party appointed by the show committee. 


Judging will take place from 10am until completed on Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

 

During judging, do not interrupt the judges and keep your conversation regarding entries quiet and unobtrusive. 


Posting of the process of building an entry or its final appearance on any social media site prior to judging, will disqualify it from the show.


THE DECISION OF THE JUDGES WILL BE FINAL. 


Cakes will be judged by two judges based on the following criteria for possible total of 100 points (50 points per judge): 

· General Appearance- Includes overall first impression  5 points 

· Choice and Use of Color – Includes application, color balance, continuity   of color  5 points

· Presentation – Assures board size and covering compliment cake   5 points 

· Creativity – Includes display and design composition. Use of mixed  mediums ok if they work well together    10 points 

· Difficulty of Technique   5 points

· Neatness – Includes background application   5 points 

· Precision - Use of tools (includes tips, cutters, etc.)  10 points 

· Original/Clever adaptation of an idea   5 points

Divisions

Please read the following carefully.  Ask the Show Director or registration desk if you are unsure of the Divsion for which you qualify.  Be fair to yourself and others.


Children: Any person, 10 years of age or younger. Entrants are allowed to have parents bake cakes, prepare icing, and cover boards. Children entries will not compete for Best of Show, or Best of Category. Both parent and entrant must sign the entry form signifying that they have read these rules and will abide by them.

Youth: Any person 11-17 years of age, who does not qualify as a professional must enter this division.

Beginner: Any person having 13 months or less, of cake decorating/sugar arts experience, who does not qualify for the professional division.

Intermediate: Any person having 14 months or more, of cake decorating/sugar arts experience, but does not qualify for the professional division, or has won three Best of Beginner Division* must enter this division.

Advanced: Any person having three or more years of cake decorating/sugar arts experience, but does not qualify for the professional division, or has won three Best of Intermediate Division* must enter this division.

Semi-Professional: Any person who does not meet the requirements for the Professional Division, but regularly receives remuneration for cake decorating/sugar arts, has been in the cake decorating/sugar arts field for more than 6 years, or, has won three Best of Advanced Division* must enter this division.

Professional: Any person who earns or has earned more than $1500 per year from cake or confectionery pursuits. Anyone who has had extensive instruction in the sugar arts, including instructors of cake or sugar arts, bakers, caterers, or anyone in an allied field. Also, anyone who has won three Best of Semi-Professional Division* must enter this division.

Masters: Any person who has won three Best of Shows in a single category in the Professional Division*, or who has authored a book on that category, must enter this division for that category.

Judges Table: Any person who is judging at this show must place their entry on the judges table but enter in their division.

*If you have won Best in Division for an entry at any juried cake or confectionary competition it counts toward your requirements to move up in Division. For example, if you have entered a cake at a state fair, other juried cake show, or this show those “Best of __” Ribbons qualify your current entries under a new Division.

Categories

 A category is the type of item you are entering. Participants may enter one item per category in their designated division. 


Buttercream

  • Wedding or Tiered Cakes: Decorated with royal icing,      buttercream, whipped cream, etc.
  • Special Occasion Cakes: Birthday, shower, holiday, etc., decorated with royal icing, buttercream, whipped cream, etc.

Fondant

  • Foreign Technique Wedding or Tiered cakes Traditional Style:  Fondant, rolled buttercream, or collars. Cake styled using traditional techniques, with hand modeled flowers, piping, and standard cake shapes.
  • Foreign Technique Wedding or Tiered cakes Modern Style: Fondant, rolled buttercream, or collars. Cake styled in nontraditional manners, using unique shapes, molds, and modern techniques.
  • Foreign Technique Special Occasion Traditional Style: Birthday, shower, holiday, etc. Fondant covered, rolled buttercream, or collars. Cake styled using traditional techniques, with hand modeled flowers, piping, and standard cake shapes.
  • Foreign Technique Special Occasion Modern Style: Birthday, shower, holiday, etc. Fondant covered, rolled buttercream or collars. Cake styled in nontraditional manners, using unique shapes, molds, and modern techniques.

Novelty/Sculptured Cakes

  • Must be possible in at least 50% cake. The cake design and a comprehensive diagram or two photographs indicating framework (the base or form upon which the cake is assembled), actual cake placement, must accompany all sculptured cakes entered. Place information in an envelope marked “for judges’ examination only” and set with judging card.

Royal Icing Work

  • Run-in, flood work, color flow
  • Royal work - minimum amount of tulle netting and ribbon may be used
  • Brush embroidery

Hand Molded Sugar Items

  • Gum paste figures
  • Gum paste other than figures (wire, ribbon, and netting may be used)
  • Candy clay
  • Marzipan
  • Pastillage
  • Chocolate figures
  • Blown, pulled, or cast sugar

Decorated Items

  • Gingerbread houses or houses other than gingerbread - 100% edible mediums
  • Gingerbread items other than houses

Miscellaneous Items

  • Cupcakes
  • Decorated cookies - cutters and molds may be used
  • Petit fours or pastries - minimum of six pieces

Chocolate

  • Chocolate sculptures - submit diagrams or photos showing construction of piece. Place information in an envelope marked “for judges’ examination only” and set with judging card.
  • Cocoa painting – non cake
  • Dipped pieces - minimum of six pieces
  • Molded pieces - minimum of six pieces

Mixed Mediums  - Any combination of two or more of the following mediums:

  • Buttercream Gum paste
  • Candy clay Rolled buttercream
  • Chocolate Royal icing
  • Chocolate leather Sugar molding - including panoramic eggs
  • Fondant Sugar work including blown, pulled, or cast 

 New Age Design

  • Die-cutting-machines such as (Cricut, Silhouette …) 
  • Pourable icings such as (Sugar Veil, Sugar Dress …)
  • Sugar or Frosting sheets 

Each Entrant:

  1. Gives  permission to have entry photographed. Agree to any photos taken may be used by WASSA for publicity purposes
  2. Holds no one responsible if entry is damaged or stolen at any time.
  3. Swears the entry is its first time in a judged show.
  4. States that they are not nor has ever been a professional cake decorator, baker, caterer, or working in an allied field, unless they have entered one of the following divisions. Semi-professional, Professional, Masters, or Judges. Also permits entry to be re-classified as necessary.
  5. Permits entry(s) to be moved if Show Directors deem necessary, although the upmost care will be taken.
  6. Agrees that entries will remain on display until 3:00pm Sunday, May 06th  2018. (Special circumstances may be brought to the Show Directors for consideration.) 
  7. Agrees that entries may be disposed of if not claimed by 6:00pm Sunday, May 06 2018.
  8. Agrees to abide by the rules of this contest as stated, and asks that no      exceptions be made.
  9. Acknowledges that the Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry for reasons not specified in the above rules and regulations.
  10. I hereby give permission for each of my displays to be photographed and/or videotaped, and for such photographs and/or videos to be published and/or sold by WASSA’s event sponsors and contracted photographer, Stringer Photography, for any purpose, without any compensation to me.