Show and competition time is well upon us once again! Here are some of the questions or problems you could be asking yourself:
1. Do I really want to do this? Am I prepared to put in the time that it takes – it really does take quite a bit of time.
3. Do I have the knowledge? Knowledge comes from asking questions of ANYONE - friends, members of your local branch, people in your local cake decorating shop or the show organisers themselves. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question. You're not the first person to ask questions and won't be the last. Everyone who has entered a show will have been in the same predicament at some time.
4. Do I have the skill to do this? To be honest, maybe not, but if you start with a "Oh! I’ll never win because so and so will enter” you will never find out.
5. Do you want to win 1st prize in your class? Of course you do, and if anyone tells you they don't, why on earth are they entering? It’s only human nature to want to win! After all that's what a competition is about.
Enter a competition because you want to.
Enter a competition because you want to learn
Enter a competition because you want to have some fun.
So now we have the first hurdle cleared you can work out what section you want to enter.
So you're thinking about entering an in-branch competition/local show/The Royal/Challenge. What do you need to know?
Well, the first thing you need to do is read the Schedule.
For example the Schedule will give you information as to:-
One part of the Schedule that is often missed by competitors is "cleats"!
What is a "cleat"?
Also known as runners or legs are used to raise the base board Cleats are used for ease of handling and prevent damage when trying to lift an exhibit. When a Schedule states "CLEATS MUST BE USED" this refers to the base board or the board that comes into contact with the exhibition case or surface (except where the Schedule states otherwise). A cleat should be a minimum of 5mm or what is stated in the Schedule.
What can I use as a cleat?
You can buy self-adhesive cleats at cake decorating shops, use another smaller base board or buy a length of pine, say from Bunnings, cut into small lengths or any other suitable items that will allow the exhibit to be moved more easily
Cleats can be covered with paper, fabric or painted.
What else do you use as cleats?
Remember Judges are cake decorators too.
We would like to encourage you to enter a competition.
We do appreciate and understand the amount of time and effort, sleepless nights and self doubt that you go through when making a competition entry.
Never feel that you can't ask a question, you can always contact the Registrar or there will be a contact person to ask for the specific competition you are entering.
We support the judging of decorated cakes and sugar art by assisting with schedules, running
Administrators for this page are Lyn Bales (Golden West Branch) & Evan Jones (Sutherland Branch)