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Tips, Hints, & Rules

Three highly-skilled, creative supermarket cake decorators will vie for top honors as they demonstrate their decorating skills and creative talents in IDDBA's 19th Annual Cake Decorating Challenge.

The three-day contest begins with creating enough production cakes to fill an 8' bakery case. Day two is devoted to the design of a wedding cake. On the last day, each contestant will decorate three cakes: a special occasion, IDDBA show theme, and a decorator's choice.

Contestants receive an all-expense paid trip to Denver, gifts, trophies, bragging rights, and publicity.

Winning Photo Portfolio Suggestions

Contestants are chosen to compete based on photos submitted for review. It is important that the photos show variety, creativity, and consistent skills.

  1. Photograph cakes against a neutral background.
  2. Use a flash or good lighting in a natural, brightly lit room.
  3. If you are photographing cakes in a glass case, lift the glass.
  4. No Polaroid pictures, please.
  5. No out-of-focus pictures, please.
  6. No color copy enlargements.
  7. If you print your photos on an ink-jet printer, make sure details are still clear. Do not try to enlarge low-resolution digital photographs.
  8. Try to photograph each cake from a two-point perspective: complete cake and close-up of cake detail. Ideal photos show the whole cake and a close-up of special details.
  9. A portfolio should include a minimum of 100 cake photos. Make sure to include one or more wedding cakes with close-ups of the decorations and edging. Include a variety of special occasion cakes, themed, and dessert cakes.
  10. In addition to your 100+ cake photos, take pictures of cases in your store to show your production ability and merchandising talent.
  11. The judges are looking for creativity, good use of color, consistent edgings, variety of techniques, and neatness.

Dairy-Deli-Bake 2014

Dairy-Deli-Bake 2014

June 1-3, 2014

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

Key Dates and Locations

June 7-9, 2015, Atlanta, GA

June 5-7, 2016, Houston, TX

June 4-6, 2017, Anaheim, CA

June 10-12, 2018, New Orleans, LA


  Judging Tips
  1. Artistic quality: the creativity, variety, arrangement, balance, proportion, and visual impact of each cake.
  2. Color: the selection, development, and coordination of colors.
  3. Lettering/Art/Design: the style and legibility of any lettering/art/design on all cakes.
  4. Decorations: the appropriateness of the amount of frosting or other decorations utilized in decorating the cakes.
  5. Icing appearance: the smoothness, texture, and consistency of the overall icing surface.
  6. Technical quality: the skill in decoration, as evidenced by preciseness and uniformity of borders, flowers, and other designs.

Entry Form

Deadline for entries was February 14, 2014.  Please stay tuned for the 2014 contestent announcement.

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