Special Showcake Competition
This was the second year that the Austin cake show offered a division for Showcakes. Last year there were a decent number of entries for this division, but this year there were even more. While the entries in the other categories don’t have to reflect the theme of the show – about a 7th of the decorator’s score in the Showcake Competition is based on how closely they follow that theme. This years’s theme was “2010 – A Cake Odyssey” (they announced early last year that this would cover both Science Fiction and Fantasy).
In addition to the general rules, the following rules apply specifically to entries in the Showcake Competition:
- Decorations – Any sugar medium is allowed.
- Construction – The entry can be made out of Styrofoam or any other cake substitute if the final design is one that could realistically be made out of real cake.. If the entry is a sculpted cake, it must be made of real cake with 3 in process pictures submitted along with the entry.
- Size – The entry needs to meet minimum height and serving requirements. The minimum finished height is 24” and the entry must be of sufficient size that it would meet or exceed a minimum of 100 servings.
- Display – Each entry will be displayed on an individual 48” round, standard (29” – 30”) height tables. The entrant will be responsible for dressing and decorating the table. The decoration of the table should compliment the decoration of the cake to complete the theme of the entry. Judges will consider all table decorations as a portion of overall eye appeal criteria. If table decorations are made of sugar media, they will be included in the number of techniques used, originality, creativity and difficulty judging criteria.
- Judging – Judging for the Showcake entries will be based on a point system. 100 maximum points with points awarded based on the following criteria:
Application of the theme (15 pts)
Precision of techniques (15 pts)
Originality and creativity (15 pts)
Appropriate design – size, shape, colors, table decorations, etc. (15 pts)
Difficulty of techniques (15 pts)
Number of techniques used (15 pts)
Overall eye appeal – judge’s discretion (10 pts)
Judging will be conducted by a team of qualified judges (this year it included a judge from Sony Pictures).
I tried to post photos of all the cakes, but I may have missed a few. Other than for the 5th to First Place winners, I didn’t get all of the names of the cake decorators because these cakes were roped off and many of the entry forms were out of reach.
Space by Spacewest
2010 Pan-Galactic Alien Film Festival
by Kimberly Chapman
(No business name because she’s not a professional. She’s simply a highly talented decorator who enjoys designing cakes for her family)
This cake was designed to be viewed from all sides, so giving you one good photo is almost impossible. Up next will be a post with pictures of all the details of Kimberly’s cake.