||IDDBA's 19th Annual Cake Decorating Challenge
Tips, Hints, Rules & Entry Form
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 (they're not judged on endurance, though that is definitely a factor) begins with the creation of a wedding cake. Day two is devoted to creating enough production cakes to fill an 8' bakery case. The third day is a special "Decorator's Choice" theme event.
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.
Use the following tips to select your photos/portfolio.
- Photograph cakes against a neutral background.
- Use a flash or good lighting in a natural, brightly lit room.
- If you are photographing cakes in a glass case, lift the glass.
- No Polaroid pictures, please.
- No out-of-focus pictures, please.
- No color copy enlargements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In addition to your 100+ cake photos, take pictures of cases in your store to show your production ability and merchandising talent.
- The judges are looking for creativity, good use of color, consistent edgings, variety of techniques, and neatness.
June 1-3, 2014
Key Dates and Locations
June 7-9, 2015, Atlanta, GA
June 5-7, 2016, Houston, TX
- Artistic quality: the creativity, variety, arrangement, balance, proportion, and visual impact of each cake.
- Color: the selection, development, and coordination of colors.
- Lettering/Art/Design: the style and legibility of any lettering/art/design on all cakes.
- Decorations: the appropriateness of the amount of frosting or other decorations utilized in decorating the cakes.
- Icing appearance: the smoothness, texture, and consistency of the overall icing surface.
- Technical quality: the skill in decoration, as evidenced by preciseness and uniformity of borders, flowers, and other designs.
Deadline for entries is February 14, 2014. Apply today to participate in IDDBA's 19th Annual Cake Decorating Challenge!
There are now two ways to enter:
- To apply by mailing a CD, USB, or photo album, click here. (CDs and USBs will not be returned. For photo albums, please include your information in the designated area so we may mail your portfolio back to you. Please see below for shipping tips.)
- To apply via online photo gallery, please click here.
Google Chrome users, please click here.
Should you have technical difficulties, please email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org, indicate which format you wish to submit, and an entry form will be emailed to you.
Mailing Tips: How to Ship Your Album to IDDBA
If you already have an album that you continue to add photos to, you are welcome
to send that in. Please be aware, however, that screw-together scrapbooking
albums have a high probability of being damaged in transit. They tend to fall
apart and tear the edges of each sheet. They are not sturdy enough to be put
on UPS/USPS trucks and bounced around. If you do send in an album of this type,
please package it carefully and snugly with bubble wrap and send it in a plain
cardboard box (not a branded Priority Mail or UPS box, as they cannot be re-used).
We will re-use your box and packing materials to return your album.
Putting Together a New Album
If you are putting together a new album for the competition please use a standard
8 ½ x 11 3-ring binder with a flexible cover or a flexible folder/report
cover with fasteners. Photos can be placed in divided sheet protectors or affixed
to paper and put in standard sheet protectors. These types of albums hold together
well and can be mailed and returned in standard size bubble envelopes. We don’t
need anything fancy; your cakes will speak for themselves.
Professional photo books from Snapfish, iPhoto, etc. are fine but please
ensure that your photos are large enough for the committee to see the detail.
Remember to send in at least 100 photos (more is better).
If you use a UPS, USPS, or FedEx box, please note that we cannot ship them
back to you in the same box. Reshipping in these boxes is not allowed by the
shippers. If you are worried about your album please send it in a plain cardboard
box with appropriate packing materials. We are happy to re-use your box and
packing materials whenever possible.
Please, please, please do not send loose photos.