2010 Cake Show: Showcake Competition

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.

    Alice in Wonderland
    Alice in Wonderland


    Pixie Hollow
    “Pixie Hollow”

    Dream Scape
    “Dream Scape”
    (There were two cakes by this title, so I just referred to this one as “the claw”)

    (Gandalf? Merlin? Cranky old man with a sword?)

    E.T. Phone Home
    “E.T. Phone Home”

    Baby Na'vi
    “Baby Na’vi”
    (what you can’t tell from the photo is that both the eyes and the tip of the hair/biological USB connector glowed)

    Dalaran: City of Mages Cake
    “Dalaran: City of Mages Cake”
    (I have better quality photos of this cake, but they were all taken after it began to split apart. My WoW obsessed co-worker loved this one)

    In To the Future
    “In To the Future”
    (this was the only moving cake at the show. The top half of the cake revolves)

    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    (poor Jack Skellington collapsed and had to be removed the next day)


    Science Fiction Titles
    Science Fiction

    Dream Scape by Joy Longberg
    “Dream Scape” by Joy Longberg

    Alien Flowers
    (Exotic plants? The center support was lit.)

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    (I liked this one a lot – but think it would have fared better in the novelty tiered cake division)

    Chronicles of Narnia by Claudia Estela Rosales
    Fifth Place
    Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Claudia Estela Rosales

    The Decorator of the Future by Sylvia Wilson
    Fourth Place
    The Decorator of the Future by Sylvia Wilson
    (I think that was the title)

    Avatar by Lisette Vergara
    Third Place
    Avatar by Lisette Vergara
    Business Name: Austin Sweet Treats
    (she was last year’s first place winner for this category)

    Golum by Brian Stevens
    Second Place
    Golum by Brian Stevens
    Business Name: Crazy Cakes Inc.

    Space by Spacewest by Kimberly Chapman
    First Place
    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.