Clash of the Cake Artists
Clash of the Cake Artists Rules & Information

Professional cake decorators will showcase their creativity, imagination, artistry and skills in three categories:

· A Wedding Cake

· A Sculpted Cake

· A Fondant Cake

The first four (two person) teams to register will be allowed to compete. Each team can be made up of yourself plus another person from your bakery or store, a family member, or another decorator from the Wisconsin Bakers Association.

The competition will take place over a 2-day period at the 2019 Midwest Foodservice Expo in the Cake Decorating Competition area next to the Pastry Studio.

Registration & Entry Fees:

The early registration deadline for all of the competitions is Friday, February 15, 2019.  The standard registration deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.  All entries must be registered in advance. 

Early registration allows WBA Members to take advantage of the lowest entry fees - starting at $30!

To register for this year's competitions, please click here to go to the main competition page. 

Skill Level:

  • The Creative Cake Decorating Competition is open to professionals (2+ years’ experience).
  • All competitors must represent a licensed food service facility (bakeries, cafes, grocery-stores, restaurants).

Decorating Schedule:

Monday, March 11th

7:30 – 9:30 am – Set up area
9:45 am – Meeting with competitors
10:00 am – Begin decorating
12:30 pm – Break
1:30 pm – Continue decorating
3:00 pm – First round of judging & cleanup for day

Tuesday, March 12th

10:00 -12:30 pm Decorating
12:30 – Break
1:30 pm – Continue decorating
3:00 pm – Second round of judging / cleanup area

Rules:

  • All professional contestants will complete together on all days. Preparation time is added to the schedule. Contestants will draw a number to designate a work station.
  • Contestants must complete designated categories on each day. Details will be provided before the competition.
  • All decorative work must be constructed during the contest hours and in the contest area. No pre-fabricated decorative pieces, other than those provided by WBA or otherwise specified, will be allowed.
  • No offensive cake designs or adult themed cakes. No copyrighted designs.
  • Judges will evaluate finished pieces using the procedures developed by the judges and other members associated with the contest. All judge’s decisions will be final.

Competition Space, Equipment, and Tools:

  • All cakes will be displayed on separate tables in the judging area once completed. Each work space will have electricity. Contestants are responsible for keeping their work space neat and cleaning up your work station at the end of each day.
  • 5-quart mixers, microwaves, Somerset fondant sheeter to be shared by all contestants
  • Contestants must supply their own small wares, hand tools, and decorating tools including turntable, bags, tips, colors and airbrush (with appropriate accessories.) They should bring a variety of common tools such as rolling pin, knives, cups, spoons, spatula, bowls, paper & towels.
  • As a general rule, decorators may bring any tool currently used in their work. This may include: photographs, popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, wooden birch dowels or pegs, PVC or metal pipe, balloons, and pipe cleaners (these items may not be used as decorations), and any tool (fondant tools and mats) ordinarily used at work. You may use stamps, molds, engraved mats, stencils and image printers.

Materials Provided:

Cakes

  • 2 Full sheet cakes - for the sculpted cake
  • 2” white cake layers for the wedding and fondant categories (made from Pillsbury Cake Mix)

Boards

  • Half sheet boards (reinforced)
  • Full sheet boards 
  • Drums for the fondant cake, wedding and graduation cakes 
  • Contestants may bring their own board or stand for the wedding cake

Icings

  • Buttercream Icing
  • Fondant 
  • Gum paste 
  • Chocolate icing, if requested

Contestants may bring: rice krispie sheets, powdered sugar, edible glitter, plain rice paper, corn starch, cocoa, isomalt, modeling chocolate and lustre dust. Wires, etc for gum paste flowers may be brought.

Contestants may not bring: pre-made/finished decorations.

Cake dummies are not permitted.

Contestants must complete work for all three categories within the contest time limits. Prep-and Clean-up time: Decorators will be allowed into the contest area before the contest begins to set-up equipment, organize work space, pull cake and other supplies from the pantry, as well as mix/bag colors and mix colored fondant. They may not make-up any decorative pieces or cover your boards with fondant.

Contestants should dress professionally. This may include chef pants, baker’s white or if their bakery has a standard uniform, they may wear that.

Decorators are encouraged to bring their business cards and holders.

All work will be done in a professional manner.

Cakes may not be removed until 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Anything left will be disposed of. We are not responsible to return items to competitors! No exceptions.

Category Requirements:

1) A Wedding Cake

  • Contestants will be given a choice of wedding cake size layers.
  • Your cake must be at least 4 tiers and no more than 6 tiers of cake.
  • The wedding cake may be stacked, separated or not.
  • The cake must be at least 30” tall.
  • The layers may be cut or shaped.
  • Non-edible and/or manufactured decorations may not be used. The only exceptions are the use of separators or stands. · 

2) A Sculpted Cake

  • Contestants will be provided with up to two full sheet cakes.
  • This cake is meant to be a groom’s cake based on the Wedding Scenario below.
  • Using creativity and artistic talent, contestants may decorate, sculpt or cut-out the cake in any design.
  • The design must be 3-dimensional.
  • Structural supports and plates should be used but all supports must be covered with icing.
  • The sculpture may be made covered with either buttercream or fondant icing.
  • Rice krispie sheets, brownies or modeling chocolate may be used for up to 10% of the structures of the cake.
  • The cake must be at least 12” tall.
  • If any non-edible surface shows (other than cords, motors or the base board that the cake is sitting on) you will receive penalty points.
  • The judges are looking for the “wow” factor.
  • Penalty points will be given for cakes that are not standing or have fallen apart before the award ceremony.

3) A Fondant Cake - Details to be announced at the Midwest Foodservice Expo

  • Contestants will be provided with up to two full sheet cakes.
  • Structural supports and plates should be used but all supports must be covered with icing.
  • The sculpture may be made covered with either buttercream or fondant icing.
  • Rice krispie sheets, brownies or modeling chocolate may be used for up to 10% of the structures of the cake.
  • The cake must be at least 12” tall.
  • If any non-edible surface shows (other than cords, motors or the base board that the cake is sitting on) you will receive penalty points.
  • The judges are looking for the “wow” factor.
  • Penalty points will be given for cakes that are not standing or have fallen apart before the award ceremony.

Wedding Scenario:

Casey and Logan met in college. They were both immersed into the Arts, each in their own way, Casey was a fine arts major with an emphasis in painting and art history, Logan, a music major with an emphasis in instrumental.

They have a great love of art museums, opera, galleries, concerts, symphonies, musical theatre and ballet and are constantly attending as many of these events as possible. They also search out small art galleries and towns that have a fun night life based on the arts. They were engaged at Carnegie hall in New York.

Casey works as a curator at the Local Art museum and Logan owns a small studio where he teaches private lessons and does some recording. Logan plays almost every instrument, with his favorites being piano, cello, and the saxophone. They volunteer together for a yearly gala to raise money for the Art museum and Casey exhibits her art at small galleries throughout the city,

Casey and Logan also have a great love of pets, they have 2 cats and a Boston terrier as a part of their family and plan to incorporate their dog, Mozart, into the ceremony.

Their wedding will be held at the local botanical gardens with a tent reception to follow. Their color palette is all metallic shades like golds, coppers, silvers, wine, and black. The wedding is very formal and black tie is encouraged. The local symphony will be performing at both the ceremony and reception. Casey's gown is silk with a mermaid bottom, it has metallic gold embroidery and an embellished belt. The men are wearing black tuxedos. Floral includes a lot of greenery, deep wine peonies, opera feathers and metallic accents. The bridesmaids’ gowns are black with metallic accents.

To decorate at the reception the linens are different metallic tones, the tent has a clear ceiling so that starlight will be the focus. A modern lounge area with a bar will be set up with modern furniture and throughout the reception will be easels set with modern paintings that complement the color palette.

Casey and Logan will be honeymooning in Europe.

Judging Procedures:

Evaluations will be conducted in two phases.

1) Judges will first evaluate each contestant’s work, evaluating product in each category and assigning points using the criteria noted on the scoring sheets. Judges will work independently. The Gold, Silver and Bronze for each category will be determined by total scores from the judges.

2) Working one category at a time, judges will next examine all contestants’ work together. Once judges have completed their second examination they will nominate the overall winner. They will confer and discuss until a final consensus is reached.

Penalties:

Judges will assess penalties only in cases where a contestant failed to follow directions for the category, or ignored the category criteria. The penalty is a percentage (1 to 10 percent) assessed against the total score within the category. Judges will factor any penalties into their final selections for each category.

Judging & Awards:

  • Judging for the Creative Cake Decorating Competition will be held at the Midwest Foodservice Expo at the end of each day of decorating by a team of qualified judges selected by the Wisconsin Bakers Association.
  • The judges will complete a comment sheet for each category; copies of those sheets will be sent to each entrant within 10 days following the completion of the Midwest Foodservice Expo via your pre-registered e-mail address.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.
  • Winners will be announced at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 13th in the competition area.
  • All cake entries will be judged professionally.
  • Awards will be given on a points-based system.
  • Awards may include Honorable Mention, Bronze medal, Silver medal, & the coveted Cake Artist’s Gold Cup.
  • The winning team will have the opportunity to represent WBA at the RBA National Competition in the Pillsbury Bakers’ Plus Grand Champion Creative Decorating Competition at IBIE in Las Vegas in 2019. RBA covers travel costs for each person up to $400 per person, plus hotel costs, too.

Release

The Clash of the Cake Artists is held in conjunction with the Midwest Foodservice Expo and is presented in partnership between the Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA).  By entering the competition, the contestant fully releases all rights to photos, publication and other sources of media for all work produced exclusively for, during and in the complete time frame of the event. Contestant is subject to all registration fees, applicable taxes, and all other related expenses on behalf of him/her entering the above competition. Contestant agrees to abide by all rules set forth by the WBA for this competition. Contestant understands that the WBA, WRA, or any sponsors assume no responsibility for loss, theft or damage to displays or personal items at the Midwest Foodsservice Expo and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the WBA, WRA, and all sponsors from and against all claims, demands, costs, loss, damage, expense, attorney’s fees and liabilities growing out of, or arising from, caused or occasioned by his/her activities in the competition.  Competition entry fees are non-refundable.  All judges’ decisions are final.

Do you have any questions about the Clash of the Cake Artists?

Contact us by email at info@wibakers.com or call (414) 258-5552 for more information!





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