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.
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
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.
A category is the type of item you are entering. Participants may enter one item per category in their designated division.
Royal Icing Work
Hand Molded Sugar Items
Mixed Mediums - Any combination of two or more of the following mediums:
New Age Design