Birmingham Competition Schedule | Cake International

Birmingham Competition Schedule

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 Entry closed Friday September 27th 2019.

 

A: Sugar Floral Arrangement

Create an arrangement of sugar flowers and foliage as either a spray or in a container to represent a cut flower display – i.e. not growing.  The design can be completely your own choice, including style, format, colours and flowers plus foliage.  

Rules

  • This must represent a realistic arrangement of CUT flowers i.e. not still growing.

  • Stands and containers are permitted but must be inside the overall size limit.

  • Ribbon may be attached to the board or stand only.

  • All floral elements must be made from sugar flower paste only. Other edible pastes are not permitted. Cold porcelain is not permitted.

  • Wire, tape, stamens and thread may be used in context e.g. for stems and flower centres. They should not dominate the display.

  • Where used, thread should be natural e.g. cotton, silk, lacemakers cotton or any natural fibre.

  • Synthetic threads and feathers are not permitted.

  • Non-edibles such as beads, diamantes etc. are not permitted.

  • The display must fit within an 18” x 18” (45cm x 45cm) square, with a maximum height of 30” (75cm).

  • Please place a small card in front of your exhibit stating the flowers/foliage represented. It must be no bigger than 6” x 4” (15cm x 10cm).

Hints/tips

  • More is not necessarily better, simple and artistic displays can be very effective.

  • Pay attention to edges, finishes and detail as well as the overall display.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

B: Floral Sugar Craft

Create a realistic exhibit of ONE type of flowering plant as might be seen in real life

Rules

  • All floral and leaf elements must be made entirely from sugar flower paste, other forms of paste are not allowed.

  • Wires, tape, stamens and thread may be used in context e.g. for flower stems and centres. They should not dominate the display.

  • Threads permitted are: cotton, silk, lacemakers cotton or any natural fibre.

  • Synthetic threads and feathers are not permitted.

  • Non-edibles such as beads, diamantes etc. are not permitted.

  • A non-edible display container or stand may be used.

  • The exhibit must not exceed a 14” x 14” (35.5cm x 35.5cm) square and 30” (75cm ) in height.

  • You must list the realistic flower chosen on a small card (card to be no bigger than 6” x 4” 15cm x 10cm) in front to your exhibit.

Hints/tips

  • This class is all about accuracy and attention to detail. You are expected to show multiple blooms on a plant, where appropriate, and at different sizes/ stages of opening, including buds, in keeping with reality.

Marks will take into account:

OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

C: Floral Inspirations

An open class offering you the chance to create an imaginative piece of floral art using your own choice of presentation, style, format, colours and flowers plus foliage.

Rules

  • The flowers may be realistic, stylistic or fantasy or a combination.
  • Stands, supports and containers are permitted but must be inside the overall size limit
  • Ribbon may be attached to the board or stand only.
  • Floral elements must be made from sugar flower paste, bean paste, edible wafer paper or gelatine. Cold porcelain is not permitted.
  • Wire, tape, stamens and thread may be used in context e.g. for stems and flower centres. They should not dominate the display.
  • Where used, thread should be natural e.g. cotton, silk, lacemakers cotton or any natural fibre.
  • Synthetic threads and feathers are not permitted.
  • Non-edibles such as beads, diamantes etc. are permitted in this class.
  • Decorative wire is permitted.
  • The display must fit within an 18” x 18” (45cm x 45cm) square, with a maximum height of 30” (75cm).
  • Please place a small card in front of your exhibit stating the flowers/foliage represented. It must be no bigger than 6” x 4” (15cm x 10cm).

Hints/tips

  • You can make something very realistic and traditional, or really different and unusual. The choice of style and design is completely up to you.

  • If you use added elements such as beads, decorative wire etc., they should enhance, not detract from, your floral work.

  • Pay attention to edges, finishes and detail as well as the overall display.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

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D: A display using a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 decorated cookies

RULES

  • Each cookie can be any size to fit within the display area.

  • Cookies should be ideally ¼” (4-6mm) and no more than 0.4” (1cm) thick.
  • The design can be 2D or 3D i.e. flat and decorated on one surface only, like a picture or a plaque, or constructed into a 3D object e.g. an animal, a box.

  • Cookies should be completely edible and assembled using an edible medium only, e.g. royal icing, sugar glue, chocolate. No non-edible supports can be used for any part of the assembly.

  • Cookies can be painted, have piped designs or relief images, or use sculptural surface elements, as long as all of the decorations are 100% edible.

  • Stands are permitted to display the cookies but must fit within the size and height restriction.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 12” x 12” (30cm x 30cm) square and 24” (60cm) in height, including stand.

  • Ribbon is permitted to edge of the stand or board only.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

HINTS & TIPS

  • In competition terms, a cookie can be so much more than commercial-type biscuit. It is an opportunity to use the medium to showcase your ideas and decorative skills, whether that’s something elegant and intricate or crazy and fun. Your design, you decide.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

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E: A Decorated Plaque made from pastillage or chocolate

RULES

  • All elements on the plaque must be entirely edible e.g. chocolate, royal icing, sugar paste.

  • It may include any or all of these elements: painting, drawing, writing, piping, relief type work, i.e. having a more sculptural surface.

  • The work must be made entirely by hand. Texture mats, rolling pins and moulds must NOT be used.

  • The plaque may be presented on a plate stand or a display board.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

  • The exhibit, including the stand, must not exceed an area of 10” x 10” (25cm x 25cm) square and 12” (30cm) in height.

HINTS & TIPS

  • A plaque is essentially a flat plate onto which decoration can be added. It is something that you might imagine hanging on a wall. It can be any shape and range from something flat with surface images or text, to something more sculptural where the design is raised, as in ‘bas relief’, as long as it remains essentially a 3D ‘image’ rather than a 3D object.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

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F: A display of 6 different, individual cupcakes with a unifying/common theme

RULES

  • For competition purposes, cupcakes are defined as small cakes baked in standard paper or foil cupcake case, to serve one person. They are usually baked in cupcake or muffin tins/pans and are approximately 2” (5cms) base, 2.5” (7cms) top and about 1.5” (3.5 - 4cms approximately) height without decoration. These measurements are a guide. Cupcake cases do vary, and this will be allowed for, but you should aim for something as close to this as possible.

  • Dummies are permitted for the cupcakes* See note below.

  • The display must have a unifying/common theme, e.g. ‘Christmas’ or ‘makeup’, but each individual cupcake should be different (non-identical).

  • Non-edible decorations are not permitted.

  • Any decorative topper should be less than the diameter of the cupcake and no more than 1.5 times its height. It should be balanced within the overall design of the cupcake.

  • Stands are permitted.

  • Cupcake wraps are permitted.

  • Ribbon is permitted on the base board only.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 12” x 12” (30cm x 30cm) square with maximum height of 24” (60cm) including the stand.

HINTS & TIPS

  • This is an opportunity to be creative using the common cupcake as a base for your ideas. Be as imaginative as you want, but remember it is still supposed to be representative of ‘an edible cupcake’. Toppers which are excessive in size or height compared with the cupcake itself will not look balanced and may lose marks.

  • *You can use dummy cupcakes, but may find it easier to bake your own in advance and leave them uncovered to dry out. They will then be easier to decorate.

Marks will take into account:

OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

G: A Sculpted / Carved Cake

RULES

  • This may be a single cake or a group of cakes, as long as it fits within the overall space allowed.

  • It must be carved/sculpted from 100% cake and covered in sugar paste, royal icing or chocolate.

  • The cake and all decorations must be edible apart from wired sugar flowers and internal supports.

  • Firm setting edible mediums, such as modeling paste, flower paste, chocolate paste or Rice Krispie Treats (RKT) may be used as an edible alternative to create structure for details e.g. ears, nails, fabric etc.

  • Non-edible internal supports are permitted but must be food safe and a suitable barrier must be used if necessary, as if for a real cake.

  • Internal supports must not be visible.

  • Wired sugar flowers and foliage are permitted – any wires penetrating the coating must be attached using a suitable barrier e.g. posy pick.

  • Dummies are NOT permitted.

  • The exhibit may be cut to ensure it complies with all of the criteria.

  • The exhibit must be contained within a 24” x 24” (60cm x 60cm) square area.

  • This can be any size as long as it stays within the permitted area.

  • There is no height restriction.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

HINTS & TIPS

  • The idea of this class is to showcase what can be made using actual, edible cake rather than a decorative showpiece which is made for display purposes only. For this reason the rules are very strict and nothing that could be considered inedible or non food-contact safe must be used.

  • Bigger is not necessarily better, work to what feels right for the project you have in mind.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

H: A Decorative Exhibit

A decorative display that is not intended for consumption but that is fully decorated with any edible medium that might be used in confectionary or sugarcraft.

RULES

  • The idea of this class is to showcase decorative sugar craft skills and ideas in displays that are not intended for consumption.

  • This may be a single display piece or a group – as long as it fits within the overall space allowed.

  • The exhibit MUST be covered completely in an edible medium with no visible external supports except those used in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • Internal supports are permitted, but must not be visible.

  • Any edible medium can be used that might be used in confectionary or sugarcraft.

  • Rice Krispie Treats (RKT) may be used.

  • Dummies are permitted.

  • The entire exhibit must not exceed 24” x 24” (60cm x 60cm) square.

  • There is no height restriction.

  • Posy picks need not be used for the attachment of floral elements as the piece is not intended for consumption.

Hints and tips

  • Make sure you enter the right class for the size of your exhibit.

  • This class is about showing the art of the possible in confectionary terms.

  • Bigger is not necessarily better, work to what feels right for the project you have in mind.

  • Pay attention to the overall design as well as the finer details.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

I: A Small Decorative Exhibit

A decorative display that is not intended for consumption but that is fully decorated with any edible medium that might be used in confectionary or sugarcraft.

RULES

  • A Small Decorative Exhibit of your choice made from any edible confectionary or sugarcraft medium.

  • Internal supports are permitted but no visible external supports or wires are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • Dummies are permitted.

  • Rice Krispie Treats (RKT) is permitted.

  • The Exhibit must fit within a 10” x 10” (25cm x 25cm) area with a maximum height of 10” (25cm).

  • Posy picks need not be used for the attachment of floral elements as the piece is not intended for consumption.

Hints & Tips

  • This class is about showing the art of the possible in confectionary terms on a small, but not minute, scale.
  • Pay attention to the overall design as well as to the finer details.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

J: Miniature exhibit

A decorative display that is not intended for consumption but that is fully decorated with any edible medium that might be used in confectionary or sugarcraft.

RULES

  • A Miniature Decorative Exhibit of your choice made from any edible confectionary or sugarcraft medium.

  • Internal supports are permitted but no visible external supports or wires are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • Dummies are permitted.

  • Rice Krispie Treats (RKT) is permitted.

  • Lights are permitted.

  • The Exhibit must fit within a 6” x 6” (15cm x 15cm) area with a maximum height of 6” (15cm).

  • Posy picks need not be used for the attachment of floral elements as the piece is not intended for consumption.

Hints & Tips

  • This class is about showing the art of the possible in confectionary terms on an extremely tiny scale.

  • Pay attention to the overall design as well as to the finer details.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

K: Pushing the boundaries: Innovation in Sugar - a decorative exhibit of your choice.

The idea of this class is to stretch your imagination to produce a creative exhibit with movements, sound and/or light.

A decorative display that is not intended for consumption but that is fully decorated with any edible medium that might be used in confectionary or sugarcraft.

RULES

  • Dummies can be used.
  • Movement, sound and/or lights must be included in your design.
  • You must include two of the following: Movement, sound or light.
  • Rice Krispie Treats (RKT) can be used.
  • Internal supports can be used but must be fully coated and not visible.
  • All external mediums should be sugar or chocolate based.
  • Battery powered only – Movements/mechanics, sound cards and/or lights must be used.
  • The work must fit within 24” x 24” (60cm x 60cm) square.
  • There is no height limit.

Hints and tips

  • This is an opportunity to really think outside the box and push sugar work into the art of the impossible.
  • Have fun!

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

L: Fantasy Winter Wonderland Cake with up to four tiers

RULES

  • Cake or Dummies are permitted.

  • Rice Krispie Treats (RKT) is permitted.

  • Each tier or the entire cake may be carved.

  • The cake structure must be fully coated in sugar paste, royal icing or chocolate.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

  • Internal supports are permitted.

  • All external decoration must be edible apart from wired decorative figures and wired sugar flowers.

  • Wired decorative figures and wired sugar flowers and foliage are permitted.

  • Wired sugar figures and flowers and foliage which penetrate the coating must be attached using a suitable barrier e.g. posy pick.

  • Ribbon is permitted to the edge of the board/drum only.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 18”x 18” (45cm x 45cm) square and a maximum height of 30” (75cm).

Hints and Tips

  • Think of the overall design as well as the detail.

  • Ensure your cake is constructed robustly whatever its shape.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

M: A Royal Iced Celebration Cake of 1, 2 or 3 tiers

RULES

  • Fruit cake or cake Dummies are permitted.

  • All dummies/cakes must be coated in royal icing only.
  • All decoration must be made from royal icing only.
  • Royal icing is the only medium permitted in this class.
  • Non-edible decoration is not permitted.
  • Pillars, separators and stands are permitted.
  • Separators or riser dummies may be used but must be fully coated in royal icing.
  • Glaze or shimmer is not permitted in this class.
  • Internal supports permitted in cake only (i.e. dowels if necessary).
  • Ribbon is permissible to edge the base drum/board only.
  • The exhibit must not exceed 14” x 14” (35cm x 35cm) square and 30” (60cm) in height.

Hints and Tips

  • All parts of this should be treated as if it was cake and be fully coated including the underside of any exposed parts of cake dummy, drum or board (excluding the base drum).

  • Consider the overall shape and structure of your design as well as the detail.

  • Think about transport and whether your design will work in sections or can be transported complete.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

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N: A Single Tiered Celebration Cake

RULES

An 8” (20cms) single tiered cake, decoration of the competitor’s choice.

  • The cake must be based on an 8” (20cms) round or square cake or a dummy round or square cake.

  • It may be coated in sugarpaste, Royal Icing or chocolate/chocolate paste

  • No visible external supports or wires are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • Wired sugar flowers that penetrate the coating should be attached using a suitable barrier e.g. posy pick.

  • All decoration must be 100% edible except for wired sugar flowers and foliage which may contain wires, tape or stamen.

  • No artificial decoration is permitted.

  • Dummies are permitted.

  • Exhibit must not exceed a 14” x 14” (35cm x 35cm) square and not exceed 16” (40cms) in height.

Hints and Tips

  • Think about the overall design as well as the detail.

  • Make sure your drum is at least 1.5” bigger than your cake and is fully coated.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

O: A Wedding Cake of Three or More Tiers

RULES

  • Dummies and dummy spacers are permitted.

  • The cake and any spacers must be covered with sugar paste, Royal Icing or chocolate.

  • Cake stands and pillars are permitted.

  • Internal supports are permitted but no visible external supports or wires are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • Where wire from sugar flowers and foliage penetrate the coating, a suitable barrier must be used e.g. posy pick.

  • All decoration must be 100% edible except for sugar flowers and foliage which may contain wires, tape and stamens.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 18” x 18” (45cm x 45cm) square.

  • Ribbon is permitted to the edge of the board/drum only.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

Hints and Tips

  • Moulds and cake lace are permitted but must not pre-dominate.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

P: Colourful Wedding Cake of four or More Tiers

RULES

  • Create a non-white, alternative style wedding cake exploring the use of colour.

  • White, ivory or cream colour is permitted but must be used sparingly and not pre-dominate.

  • Dummies and dummy spacers are permitted.

  • Cake pillars and separators are permitted.

  • The cake and any spacers must be covered with sugar paste, Royal Icing or chocolate.

  • Cake stands and pillars are permitted.

  • Internal supports are permitted but no visible external supports or wires are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • Where wire from sugar flowers and foliage penetrate the coating, a suitable barrier must be used, e.g. posy pick.

  • All decoration must be 100% edible except for sugar flowers and foliage which may contain wires, tape and stamens.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 45.7cm x 45.7cm (18”x 18”) square.

  • Ribbon is permitted to the edge of the board/drum only.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

Hints and Tips

  • This is an opportunity to create something which is very different from the more traditional white or ivory wedding cake design.
  • Think of something which is eye catching and bold in its use of colour.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

Q: Beginners – An 8” cake, round or square, decorated for a special occasion

RULES

  • This class is open to anyone who has never entered a Cake International competition and is a cake novice – i.e. with one year or less experience.

  • Decorate a single tiered 8” (20cms) cake or cake dummy for a special occasion.

  • The style and design are the competitor’s choice.

  • An inscription must be included on the cake or cake drum.

  • All decoration must be edible. The cake can be coated with sugar-paste or Royal icing

  • Non-edible decoration is not permitted except for wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • If wires in sugar flowers and foliage penetrate the cake a suitable barrier must be used e.g. a posy pick.

  • The exhibit must not exceed an area of 12” x 12” (30cm x 30cm) square and 16” (40cm) in height.

  • Ribbon may be used to the edge of the cake drum.

  • Ribbon up to 15mm wide may be used to the base of the cake.

  • The cake drum should be fully coated.

Hints and Tips

  • If you start with an 8” cake or dummy cake, your finished cake will be a little bigger after coating.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

R: Character Novelty Cake: Any number of tiers cake displaying character models

RULES

  • Cake or Dummies are permitted.

  • More than 1 character model must be displayed.

  • Rice Krispie Treats (RKT) is permitted.

  • Each tier or the entire cake may be carved.

  • The cake structure must be fully coated in sugar paste, royal icing or chocolate.

  • The cake board or drum should be fully coated.

  • Internal supports are permitted but no visible external supports or wires are allowed except for wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • Internal armature is permitted for character models.

  • Wired sugar flowers and foliage and character models using armature which penetrate the coating must be attached using a suitable barrier e.g. posy pick.

  • Ribbon is permitted to the edge of the board/drum only.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 18”x 18”square and a maximum height of 30”.

Hints and Tips

  • Here is your chance to show your modeling skills!

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 
We want you to have complete artistic freedom in this category. .

Bright colourful parades, creative costumes, spectacular fireworks, dancing and singing … You are free to take inspiration from any world-wide carnival or festival e.g. Mardi Gras, Notting Hill, Diwali, Holi Festival, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Chinese Lantern Festival, Rio de Janeiro Carnival….

This is a standalone category. Take advantage of the extra freedom and make something awesome!

RULES

  • Dummies are permitted
  • • Internal supports are permitted
  • • No height restriction
  • • Any edible medium
  • • Safety Seal, cold porcelain and Artista Soft are not permitted
  • • The exhibit must not exceed 24” x 24” (60cm x 60cm)

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 
Open to teams of up to 20 individuals.

RULES

  • The display must be themed, and a plaque made from sugar must state the theme.
  • There are no restrictions on the mixture of styles.
  • Only edible mediums are to be used.
  • Internal supports and dummies are permitted but no visible external supports are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.
  • Total display to fit within x 2 trestle tables 1.83m x 76m 6ft x 2.6ft for each table (6ft x 5ft total space for 2 trestle tables back to back).

Marks will take into account:

  • The displays innovative ideas; and use of different skills and ideas that will not conform to any other class. 


U: Decorative Exhibit – Open to Young People Ages 16-18 years of age

A decorative exhibit is not intended for consumption but should be fully decorated with any edible medium that might be used in confectionary or sugarcraft.

RULES

  • Dummies are permitted.

  • Internal supports are permitted but no visible external supports or wires are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • All decoration must be 100% edible except for sugar flowers and foliage which may contain wires, tape and stamens.

  • Where wire from sugar flowers and foliage penetrate the coating, a suitable barrier must be used e.g. posy pick.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 14” x 14” (35cm x 35cm) square, and 24” (60cm) in height.

Hints and Tips

  • This can be in the form of a round or square cake, or another shape of your choice.

Marks will take into account:

  • OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

  • VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

  • QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

V: Decorative Exhibit - Open to young people 13 - 15 years of age

A decorative exhibit is not intended for consumption but should be fully decorated with any edible medium that might be used in confectionary or sugarcraft.

RULES

  • Dummies are permitted.

  • Internal supports are permitted but no visible external supports or wires are allowed except in wired sugar flowers and foliage.

  • All decoration must be 100% edible except for sugar flowers and foliage which may contain wires, tape and stamens.

  • Where wire from sugar flowers and foliage penetrates the coating, a suitable barrier must be used e.g. posy pick.

  • The exhibit must not exceed 14” x 14” (35cm x 35cm) square, and 24” (60cm) in height.

Hints and Tips

  • This can be in the form of a round or square cake, or another shape of your choice.

Marks will take into account:

OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

W: Junior Cupcake Challenge – A display of 6 decorated cupcakes with a common theme. Ages 12 and under

RULES

    • This class is open only to competitors aged 12 and under.

    • The cupcakes must be decorated differently (not identical, not all exactly the same) but must have a common theme e.g. Christmas or pets.

    • For competition purposes, cupcakes are defined as small cakes baked in standard paper or foil cupcake case, to serve one person. They are usually baked in cupcake or muffin tins/pans and are approximately 5cm base, 7cm top and about 3.5 - 4cm height without decoration. These measurements are a guide. Cupcake cases do vary, and this will be allowed for, but you should aim for something as close to this as possible.

    • Dummy cupcakes are permitted (see note below).

    • All decoration must be edible.

    • Decorative toppers must be balanced with the overall design of the cupcake.

    • Stands are permitted.

    • Cupcake wraps are permitted.

    • Ribbon is permitted on the edge of the base board only and the base board should be completely covered with icing.

    • The exhibit must not exceed 12” x 12” (30cm x 30cm) square.

Hints and Tips

    • You can use dummy cupcakes, but may find it easier to bake your own in advance and leave them uncovered to dry out. They will then be easier to decorate.

    • Try to keep your decoration in proportion to the size of your cupcake.

Marks will take into account:

OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

X: Decorate a single tiered birthday cake either 6”( 15cm ), 7” (17.5cm ) or 8” (20cm ). Open to young people ages 10 -12

  • Cake or Cake dummies are permitted.

  • Your cake or cake dummy should be coated in sugar-paste or Royal Icing.

  • All decoration must be 100% edible.

  • Ribbon is permitted to the edge of the board/drum only.

  • Write a birthday message using a food grade pen on a small edible paste card/gift tag to go with your cake. You can place it on the cake or cake board or drum, or sit it in front. It should be no bigger than 3cm x 5 cm.

  • Your cake and cake drum/board must fit inside a 12” x 12” (30cm) square area and be no taller than 16” (40 cm).

Hints and tips

  • Place your cake or dummy cake on a board or drum that is at least 1.5” bigger than your cake. This should also be completely covered with icing.

Marks will take into account:

OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

Y: Decorate a single tiered birthday cake either 6”( 15cm ), 7” (17.5cm ) or 8” (20cm ) – Open to young people aged 9 years and under.

RULES

  • Cake or Cake dummies are permitted.

  • Your cake or cake dummy should be coated in sugar-paste or Royal Icing.

  • All decoration must be 100% edible.

  • Ribbon is permitted to the edge of the board/drum only.

  • Write a birthday message using a food grade pen on a small edible paste card/gift tag to go with your cake. You can place it on the cake or cake board or drum, or sit it in front. It should be no bigger than 1.18” x 1.96” (3cm x 5 cm).

  • Your cake and cake drum/board must fit inside a 12” x 12” (30cm) square area and be no taller than 16” (40 cm).

Hints and tips

  • Place your cake or dummy cake on a board or drum that is at least 1.5” bigger than your cake. This should also be completely covered with icing.

Marks will take into account:

OVERALL DESIGN AND/OR CONCEPT

VISUAL APPEAL/WOW FACTOR

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY/COMPLEXITY

QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Please download and carefully read the rules. 

 

RULES & REGULATIONS: 1– 3 November 2019

General Rules – Applies to ALL categories

Tips

Queries must be submitted to MelanieU(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)ichf.co.uk before October 11th 2019. No queries will be answered after this date. Queries should only relate to the rules and not individual designs.

Advice will not be given on individual designs.

How to Enter

1) Complete a form for EACH ENTRY at www.cakeinternational.co.uk

2) Pay entry fee £20 – closes 4pm Friday August 30th 2019 (Late Entry £24 – closes 4pm Friday September 27th 2019).

There are no refunds or changes of categories. Entries in incorrect classes will be disqualified. Entries can not be ‘carried over’.

3) Deliver exhibit(s)

Exhibits must be delivered to Hall 17 door 17.4 from 0700 – 0845 on Friday 1st November 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.

 

What to do on Delivery

On arrival show your entry acknowledgement. You will be given a competitor badge and instructions on how to place your exhibit(s). Competitors only become eligible to receive their badges on delivery of their exhibit(s).

Badges must be worn at all times, including Prize Giving.

U-16’s are not permitted in the registration/set up area unless they are competitors.

Competitors may have one helper in the set-up  area.  Once you have placed your exhibit(s) leave the hall until the show opens. Helpers will need a ticket to visit the show.

A  repair  area will be available to mend damage incurred in transit.  Bring your own repair kit.  Travelling boxes must be removed after delivery and brought back for collection.  There are no storage facilities.

Displaying Exhibits

Two numbered labels will be issued per exhibit. Stick one to your exhibit so that it is visible to the judges and the other to the base for security purposes. 

Place your exhibit where indicated by the class and exhibit number.

Security   

While reasonable care will be taken with the security of  the exhibits, the organisers will not be responsible for any loss or damage to exhibits, equipment or personal effects.

Results

Judging takes place on Friday. Results will be available Saturday from 1400 at www.cakeinternational.co.uk with placements announced at Prize Giving on Sunday publicised online from 1400.

Score sheets / Feedback

Score sheets will be placed by entries after judging. If these are not collected they will be posted to you.

Judges will be available to discuss your results on Saturday and Sunday (5 minutes per entry).  You must register for a feedback slot. Verbal feedback will only be given to the competitor, (if you are a minor a guardian must be present). There are a limited number of feedback slots available, not all competitors are guaranteed a verbal feedback slot. It is not permitted to record feedback given by the judges. The judges’ decision is final.  No feedback can be given after the show.

Removal of Exhibits

Exhibits can only be removed from 1600 Sunday 3 November.  Please be aware of this when organising your travel plans.  The organisers reserve the right to remove and destroy any exhibit not taken by 1700 on Sunday 3 November.

Awards

Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended may be awarded.  Each class may have 1st, 2nd, or 3rd  awarded. Where the highest award in a class is bronze, no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd places will be awarded.

Not all entries are guaranteed an award.       

Prize Giving 1300 on Sunday 3 November in the Cake International Theatre.

Trophies and first, second and third prize certificates will be presented. Cash prizes (if applicable) must be signed for and collected from the Competition Office.

Certificate collection

Collect 1000 – 1200 Sunday 3 November.  Please have your entry numbers ready (the number you place on your exhibit). Any certificates not collected will be posted to you.

Intellectual Property Rights    

By entering Cake International BE AWARE that photographs or copies may  be  taken  by  any  person  or  visitor  and  realise  that  your  designs/work  may  be  reproduced  but  you  will not hold  ICHF Events or its employees liable in any way should this happen.

Photographs

Photographs of competition pieces may be used online by ICHF Events or printed in future relevant publications as agreed with ICHF management team.

Complaints

All complaints must be emailed to melanieu(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)ichf.co.uk by  13th November 2019.  Judges decision is final and results will be discussed after the show closes unless there is an error in calculation.

By entering Cake International you agree to abide by the rules and regulations herein.