So How to win Cake International or any cake competitions?
This is always a hot topic of discussion in my classes, and everyone would have that one little thing that they did wrong which cost them their Gold or Silver or Bronze award. It’s painful I know, but competitions are a learning process. You grow as you learn and it can only get better 🙂
There are some tips from my personal observation and experience, so this by no means are guidelines. I hope this article inspires you and prepares you a little better for your next big competition.
Rule number one! Do not try to replicate what the winner from last year did. Try to be original and bring something new to be the table. Your judges would appreciate that. Most of the competitions have ‘Creativity’ or ‘Originality’ as a major marking criteria.
Apply familiar techniques
It’s not advisable to try something brand new for a competition. As you all know, practice makes perfect, and perfection is what the judges are after. You may be comfortable with a simple technique, but bring complexity to that simple technique and make it something unique. If your strongest point is piping then, design a cake with lots of intricate piping. If you are good with painting, design your cake with a challenging painting on it. Utilise your strongest skills and the more techniques, the better and avoid your weakest areas completely.