Cake world - Germany

Cake World is the cake event, all about baking and decorating, the largest cake show in North and Middle Europe.

Location: Australiastraße 52, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Dates: March 3 - March 5, 2017

Website: cakeworldmesse.de

Competition Categories

Category A   Novelty Cake - Theme – "Maritime"

A single-tiered cake covered with Fondant/Sugarpaste decorated in innovative style.

Floral wires, tape and artificial stamens are allowed for flowers, foliage and sprays (hearts, stars etc) only, these to be made from sugar-flowerpaste, rice-, wafer- or edible paper.

All other decoration must be completely edible. The entire exhibit, including cakeboard or cakestand, must fit within a base area 40cm x 40cm. The height of the cake, excluding decoration, must not exceed 15cm. Decorations should be in proportion to the size of the cake. At least 50% of the entire exhibit must be of cake. Dummies are allowed.

Please read the General Rules and Tips for Competitors, particularly with reference to Celebration and Novelty cakes!

Category B  Dekorative Showpiece - Theme – "The 1970s – Music, Movies and Fashion"

Edible covering medium of competitor's choice. The exhibit must be made of at least 60% cake. A maximum of 40% Rice Crispie or similar mass is allowed.

Internal non-visible food-safe supports (plastic, stainless steel or wooden dowels and Aluminium or VA2 stainless steel wires) are allowed. No supports may be wrapped with Alu-foil or clingfilm, and no pipes or connecting pieces normally used for sanitary installations.

The entire exhibit, including cakeboard, must fit within a base area 60cm x 60cm. No height restriction. Four photos in a neutral envelope with exhibit code number, showing the construction must be provided behind the exhibit. These photos must show the bare supporting construction, plus three photos showing important stages of the build-up with cake.

No dummies are allowed.

Please read the General Rules and Tips for Competitors!

Category C  - Wedding Cake

A stacked cake of two or more tiers. Edible covering medium of competitor's choice. The individual tiers should be clearly recognizable. Floral wires, tape and artificial stamens are allowed for flowers, foliage and sprays (hearts, stars etc) only, these to be made from sugar-flowerpaste, rice-, wafer- or edible paper. All other decoration must be completely edible.

The entire exhibit, including cakeboard or cakestand, must fit within a base area 40cm x 40cm. No height restriction. Dummies allowed.

Please read the General Rules and Tips for Competitors!

Category D – Topsy-Turvy Cake – ''Musicals & Theatre''

Present a three-tiered cake in Topsy-Turvy style. (Also known as 'Wonky' or 'Whimsical' cakes.) Internal food-safe supports are allowed. Floral wires, tape and artificial stamens are allowed for flowers, foliage and sprays (hearts, stars etc) only, handmade from sugar-flowerpaste, rice-, wafer- or edible paper. All other decoration must be completely edible.

The entire exhibit, including cakeboard or cakestand, must fit within a base area 40cm x 40cm. No height restriction. Dummies are not allowed.

Please read the General Rules and Tips for Competitors!

 

Category E    Floral Arrangement – Theme – ''Orchids, Orchids!''

A table arrangement showing a minimum of two different orchids, at least two of which should be shown fully opened. Complimentary buds, filler-flowers and foliage may be used to complete the arrangement. Floral wires, tape and artificial stamens are allowed.

The entire exhibit, including the vase/container must fit within a base area 40cm x 40cm. No height restriction.

Please read the General Rules and Tips for Competitors!

Category F    Cookies - Theme - '' Floral Designs''

Decorate 12 cookies/biscuits with sugarpaste and/or Royal Icing.  Four different designs (three exact copies of each design) of the theme should be presented.

The entire exhibit including cakeboard or presentation stand must fit within a base area of 40cm x 40cm. No height restriction.

Please read the General Rules and Tips for Competitors!

Category G   Junior Competition – Theme „My Favourite Animal“

For young people from 12 to 16 years.

A single-tier cake, which must be the competitor's own work, without any help (including covering the cake). The height of the cake, excluding decoration, must not exceed 15cm. Decorations should be in proportion to the size of the cake. Food-safe internal supports (e.g. Toothpicks, kebab sticks, plastic drinking straws etc.) are allowed, but NO wires of any kind.

However, Floral wires, tape and artificial stamens are allowed for flowers, foliage and sprays (hearts, stars etc) only, these to be made from sugar-flowerpaste, rice-, wafer- or edible paper.

Please state the name and age of the competitor when registering the entry.The competitor's age only to be shown by the exhibit.

The entire exhibit, including cakeboard or cakestand, must fit within a base area 40cm x 40cm.  Dummies are allowed. No height restriction.

Please read the General Rules and Tips for Competitors!

Categorie H   Children's Competition - Theme -  ''My Favourite Animal''

For children up to and including 11 years.

A single-tier cake, which must be the competitor's own work, without any help (including covering the cake). The height of the cake, excluding decorations, must not exceed 15cm.Decorations should be in proportion to the size of the cake.

For modelling, food-safe internal supports (e.g. toothpicks, plastic drinking straws etc, but NO wires), and edible supports (sugar sticks, Mikado sticks, spaghetti etc) are allowed. 

Please state the name and age of the competitor when registering the entry. The competitor's age only to be shown by the exhibit.

The entire exhibit, including cakeboard or cakestand, must fit within a base area 40cm x 40cm.

Dummies are allowed. No height retriction.

General Rules

We have made a list of all the known FAQ's for you. Should you still have any queries in advance of the competition, please contact the organisers.

  • To maintain anonymity before the judging of the exhibits, it is important that no photos or descriptions of exhibits (or parts thereof) are shown on the Internet in any Social Media (Facebook Twitter etc), blogs or websites etc. The judges have Internet too!
  • Exhibits must be the own, unaided work of the competitor, including any child entering the children's categories.
  • Exhibits shown in previous competitions are not allowed.
  • Each entry to the competition will be judged anonymously entirely on its own merit, independently by two judges, using a points system.
  • The Cakeboard is part of the overall presentation and should be taken into account when designing the exhibit.
  • Ribbons are only allowed on the narrow edges of the cakeboard, unless otherwise stated in the Category description.
  • Wrapping internal supports with Aluminium Foil or clingfilm is not allowed.

Wires

  • (including food-safe wires) must never be inserted directly through the covering into a cake! Please use special flower-holders (Posy Picks) or plastic drinking straws, which must show 1-2mm above the surface of the cake covering and be clearly visible for the judges.
  • Please read the rules regarding internal supports in the individual Category descriptions very carefully. See below!
  • Glitter and sparkles must be edible. The description 'Non Toxic' does not mean edible! Please bring the original container to show as proof when delivering your exhibit.
  • Hot Glue and other non-edible glues are not allowed.
  • In Wedding cakes, two or more tiered cakes – Cake tiers (including dummies), which are stacked above smaller cakes, or stand on pillars or other separators, must be placed onto a cakeboard or cakecard, as they would be when using real cake.
  • Judges Feedback Time is on the last day of the show.The exact time will be announced on the organiser's website. Competitors can speak with the judges about their own work, get explanations about the assesments, constructive criticism and expert advice and tips for future competitions.
  • Should there be any justifiable grounds for complaint regarding competition exhibits, marking or the judges during the show, these must immediately be made directly and only to the Head of Judges.
  • Non-compliance of the Category Descriptions and the General Rules can lead to points being deducted, and in the worst case, to disqualification. The decision of the Head of Judges is final.

Supports

  • Edible Supports: Cookie/Biscuit Sticks (e.g. Mikado) ; noodles (spaghetti, maccaroni) ; pastillage sugar sticks, chocolate sticks.
  • Food-safe supports: Supports made of untreated wood (chopsticks, kebab sticks,toothpicks) ; Stainless steel ; Plastic e.g. Lolly sticks, drinking straws, dowels ; turned screw rods made of stainless steel - no galvanised rods; specialised systems, such as ''Cake Frame''.
  • Wires: Stainless steel and aluminium wires. Please note, these are allowed in the Category ''Decorative Showpiece'' only, and may be used only as internal supports.
  • Florist Wires: may be used for floral work only. They must never be inserted directly into a cake/dummy.
  • Not allowed: Aluminium Foil, Clingfilm etc. Water pipes and connection parts normally used in sanitary installations.


What is a  “Celebration Cake” , what is a  “Novelty Cake” ?

"Celebration Cakes"  are made for special occasions, e.g. special ''round'' birthdays, Christenings, Anniversaries (but not weddings), Holy Communion, Engagements, Exams passed etc. The style of the decorations is usually more classic, fomal and elegant, with for example bows, ruffles,drapes, piped Royal Icing decorations, brush embroidery etc and the occasion ist often indicated with text on the cake. Modelling is not excluded, but should be appropriate in style. Celebration cakes are made in the usual forms i.e. Round, square, hexagonal, tear-drop etc. and not sculpted.

Motiv-Torten - "Novelty Cake"  are more humourous and playful, decorated with an innovative and original design. They show a clearly recognizable motive or theme. They can ''tell a story''. Hobbies, birthdays, character traits, fairy-tales, music, sport etc can be shown with modellings. Novelty cakes can also be made for special occasions such as birthdays, christenings etc and may be sculpted, but must comply with the category description!

Tips

Dear Competitor,

Please read the following tips, which should help you in completing your competition entry according to the rules.

  1. Read the category descriptions and the organizer's competition rules carefully, before you start planning your competition entry. Pay attention to all the stipulations such as measurements and any particular details in the category you choose etc. If you have any queries about the competition, please contact the show organizer.
  2. Pay attention to the cleanliness of your work: there should be no traces of dust, icing sugar or cornstarch, no water or grease marks visible. There should not be any  traces of sugar glue or excess of Royal Icing, used to glue pieces in place, visible.
  3. Try to produce your best work. Correct and application of the materials used is important, e.g. smooth surfaces, no air pockets, creases, tears, fingerprints, needle marks or scratches. Accurate finishing, no rough or uneven edges. Joins should fit together perfectly. Smooth and even pressure should be applied to any piped work, with no air bubbles in the icing and no lift-off marks visible.
  4. Make sure your coverings are of even thickness, i.e. fondant evenly rolled out, Royal Icing evenly applied. Repetetive applied or piped decorations should be evenly spaced.
  5. Coloured mediums – the colour should be well and evenly dispersed, with no spots or smears visible, except where this is intentional e.g. when a marbled effect is wanted. Powdered colours should be evenly applied, with no unwanted pigment spots or smears visible on surrounding  areas or decorations.  
  6. Flowers, foliage and also modelled figures should, in general, be as natural-looking as possible, except where according to the category description allowed, where a fantasy, or caricature or comic effect is obvously intentional.
  7. The general impression should be harmonic, decorations should be in proportion to eachother, e.g. are the size-ratios correct from:
    • Cakeboard/Cake/Decoration?
    • Flowers/foliage and where applicable the complete arrangement, compared to the size of  the cake?
    • Modelled figures and their limbs in proportion, and in comparison to the size of other decorations?
  8. Creativity, originality and design: Get creative! Design something original! Reproductions or copies of designs, or exhibits which have already been shown in previous competitions  earn less points or can even be disqualified.
  9. If non-edible materials (such as Fimo, Cold Porcelain, wires etc ,where allowed) are used, care must be taken that they do not come into direkt contact with the cake or cake-covering. This applies equaly to cake dummies. Ribbons may be used to neaten the edges of cakeboards in all categories.
  10.  The jury and organizers may exclude any exhibit from the competition, which does not comply with the competition rules, category description or if the competitor is not eligble to compete.
  11. The jury may cut, probe, taste or dismantle any exhibit, in order to make sure it coplies with the category description.
  12. The decisions of the Head of Judges are final. Please use the Judges Feedback Time, if you have any questions about your exhibit.                                                                 

No correspondence will be entered into regarding exhibits or marks awarded.

We wish you all success and an enjoyable competition!

Your Cake World Germany Juryteam

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Australiastraße 52, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

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