Capital Confectioners, a greater Austin Cake Club and Non-Profit organization, was formed to provide people who are interested in sugar arts the opportunity to share and network with others who have similar interests. Club members have all different skill levels from home hobby decorators to experienced pastry chefs. Our members willingly share their expertise and those who participate benefit from that collaboration. Anyone with an interest in sugar arts is invited to join our group.
Location: 2400 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681, USA
Dates: February 25 - February 26, 2017
That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Competition is open to all cake decorating and sugar art enthusiasts. The competition provides an opportunity to showcase decorating skills, get feedback from our distinguished panel of judges, and win awards and prizes. Included here are important registration deadlines, divisional classification, description of styles, and rules for the Divisional Competition, Tasting Competition, Sugar Showpiece Competition, and 2017 Special Competitions. Competitors should carefully read the rules and refer to them as they are completing their entry.
All entries must be registered by February 19, 2017, as there is no onsite registration. Competition registration includes general admission to the show for the weekend for the competitor. Competition registration for competitors under 18 includes general admission for the competitor and one accompanying adult admission. There will be no refunds of entry or registration fees.
|Beginner to Masters Early Registration through 1/31/2017||$25 – includes up to 3 entries, additional entries $5 each|
|Beginner to Masters General Registration ends 2/19/2017||$35 – includes up to 3 entries, additional entries $5 each|
|SUGAR SHOWPIECE COMPETITION||FEES|
|Registration ends 2/19/2017||$25 – each entry|
|Registration ends 2/19/2017||$15 – includes up to 3 entries, additional entries $5 each|
|SPECIAL COMPETITIONS within Divisional and Sugar Showpiece Competition – Innovation, Annual Theme, Lace and Isomalt||FREE|
|CHILD AND JUNIOR ENTRIES – An adult can help bake the cake for a child/junior entrant. The child/junior must then complete the entry themselves – icing, decorating, etc.||FREE – 1 entry per person|
(Note: Mail In payments must be received by February 15, 2017)
Entries must arrive and be set up by 10 am Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Check-in and Set-up hours are:
5 pm to 8 pm Friday, February 24, 2017, and 7 am to 10 am Saturday, February 25, 2017
Removal/Tear-Down – Cakes will not be permitted to be removed before 5 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017
More Information: Visit – http://thattakesthecake.org – or – Call – Make It Sweet at (512) 371-3401.
These rules apply to both the Divisional Competition and the Sugar Showpiece Competition
|Teen (13 – 17 years)||Each teen must bake, ice and decorate their own entry. Open to all styles.|
|Culinary Student||Currently enrolled culinary school students. Open to all styles.|
|Beginner||Basic skills. 2 years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less than 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction – including online courses. Open to all styles.|
|Intermediate||Developing skills. 2 to 4 years cake decorating experience; 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction – including online courses. Open to all styles.|
|Advanced||More refined skills. 4 to 6 years cake decorating experience; 60 to 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction – including online courses. Open to all styles.|
|Professional||High level of skill. Over 6 years decorating experience. More than 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction – including online courses. May be decorating for profit or working as a decorator. Open to all styles.|
|Masters||Expert in sugar art. Is known to have mastered specific mediums and techniques. May be an author, instructor, or work in the sugar art business. Has more than 120 hours of instruction. Open to all styles.|
|Special Occasion -Novelty Single Tier Cake||Any basic shape single tier or sheet cake with a theme such as Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Wedding, Graduation, etc. Any sugar medium or techniques may be used.|
|Sculpted Cake||Shaped or carved cakes, 2-D or 3-D cake, and sculptures. Entries must be real cake. Minimal use of cake substitute such as rice cereal treats or foam is allowed to complete entry. All sugar media are allowed. 3 in-progress pictures showing the cake carving must be displayed with the entry.|
|Special Occasion – Novelty Tiered Cake||Cakes with two or more tiers. Can be stacked or tiered. The Novelty Style does not include wedding or anniversary themes. All sugar media and techniques are allowed.|
|Buttercream Only Cake||Any non-tiered cake with any theme decorated using only buttercream icing. No fondant, non-edible decorations, or other sugar media will be allowed.|
|Wedding Tiered Cake||Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar medium may be used.|
|Special Techniques||Entries in this style include displays of fondant techniques, gumpaste flowers, sugar molding/modeling, color flow, royal icing, Isomalt, chocolate showpiece, etc. A combination of techniques and media may be used, but it must be presented alone and not as part of a cake.|
|Cookies||All types of cookies are allowed including 3-D designs. Any combination of techniques and/or media may be used.|
|Small Bites||A display of a minimum of 6 cupcakes, cake balls, cake pops, candy, chocolates,etc. A combination of techniques and media may be used, but it must be presented alone and not as part of a cake. These items will be displayed only and will not be tasted.|
|Dessert Table||A combination display that will be judged on techniques, the overall display, and application of the theme – Cake and Old Lace (see full description under the Sugar Showpiece Competition). The display must include at least 4 unique dessert type elements – for example – a cake, cookies, pastries, and a candy. All of the 4 elements must be handmade. Other items can be included to enhance the display and the theme such as colorful purchased candies, display stands, packaging, etc. The display must fit within the 30” x 30” space and a table covering over the white tablecloth is allowed.|
These special awards are all conducted from within the Divisional Competition and Sugar Showpiece Competition entries. Competitors must designate if they want their entry to be considered for one or more of these special awards. Specially selected judges will review the entries and determine winners. The judges will meet with the decorator during a scheduled time on Saturday, February 25th, between noon and 6 pm, to discuss their entry. The decision of the panel of judges is final and the awards may not be given out if the panel determines that no entry meets the criteria. The winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony. Entrants for these Special Awards are encouraged to provide in-progress photos or other documentation along with their entry. This documentation along with signage designating the entry as an Award contender will be on display at the table with the entry.
If, for your entry in the 2017 “That Takes the Cake!” Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition, you have developed a new technique, a new use of an existing medium, or a new tool, you meet the criteria to apply for the That Takes the Cake Innovation Award, which is unique to this show. A team of judges will review the entries in this special cross-divisional category to determine one winner.
Each year a theme is announced that is specific for the Sugar Showpiece competition. With this new special Annual Theme Award, competitors in Divisional Competition who apply this year’s theme of Cake and Old Lace (see the complete description in the Sugar showpiece Rules) can choose to be considered for this award. Judges will be considering the overall statement of the entry to convey the theme. Sponsored by Make It Sweet, winners will receive a prize pack and cash prizes of $100 for 3rd place, $150 for 2nd place, and $250 for 1st place.
The use of edible lace will be a basis for this special award category. The judges will be looking for innovative uses, applications and techniques using lace from lace mats and/or using hand-piped lace. The lace can just be a portion of the entry. Sponsored by Swank Cake Design, winners will receive a prize pack and cash prizes of $100 for 3rd place, $150 for 2nd place, and $250 for 1st place.
If your entry includes Isomalt as the entire piece or as a part of the entry, you can be considered for this special award. Any Isomalt sugar media and techniques can be used. Sponsored by CakePlay, winners will receive a prize pack and cash prizes of $100 for 3rd place, $150 for 2nd place, and $250 for 1st place).
The 2017 theme, Cake and Old Lace, challenges decorators to cast their minds back into yesteryear to evoke images of old lace, top hats and tails, fans and flowers, through to the birth of new industries taking the world by storm with steam, electricity, and other amazing miracles of modernity. Explore the antiques shop of your imagination and show us what gorgeous trinkets, clothing, furniture, machines, and other marvels you find.
A Sugar Showpiece is the centerpiece of a special event. Sugar Showpieces are showstoppers that make people wonder if it is really cake and how it was made. You have seen Sugar Showpiece style works of art created on Food Network Challenges, TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off, and Ace of Cakes type shows. A Sugar Showpiece might be for a wedding, 1st, 16th or 80th birthday, a retirement, a baby shower, a corporate event, an anniversary, or any special event. One defining element is that Sugar Showpieces have a very specific theme that is carefully incorporated into all aspects of the cake and the cake display.
This is for the more traditional style wedding or tiered special event type cakes but it must also clearly represent this year’s Cake and Old Lace theme. The entry must be a minimum of 4 tiers and meet height, serving size, and other display requirements detailed below as well as the General Competition Rules detailed above. All standard shaped cakes are acceptable (including, but not limited to: round, square, hexagon, paisley, sphere, hourglass, tapered, and angled). Entries in this category should not include any custom sculpted cake tier components.
This is specifically for sculpted showpieces. The sculpted piece can be the entire entry or a portion of the entry. A minimum of three in-process pictures that clearly show the sculpting and carving of the entry without showing the identity of the competitor must be displayed along with the entry. It is acceptable to utilize foam or non-edible pieces to replace standard shapes of cake for the entry. The sculpted components must all be made of edible materials, cake, rice cereal treats, etc. Note that additional points will be awarded for difficulty of techniques used judging criteria for the use of real cake. The entry must meet height, serving size, and other display requirements detailed below as well as the General Competition Rules detailed above.
In addition to the General Competition Rules, the following rules apply specifically to entries in the Sugar Showpiece Competition.
Sponsored by King Arthur Flour
Entries are judged on taste including flavor, crumb, texture and density, and appearance but not decorating skill. The entry (except candy entries) must include the use of King Arthur Cake Flour and/or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour in the recipe. The entry can include icings, fillings, flavored syrups, fruits, crunches, nuts, coconut, chocolate chunks, etc. Cake mixes, even King Arthur Flour Cake Mixes, cannot be used for any entry. King Arthur Flour has generously offered to make flour available for competitors to use for their entries. Competitors who are registered for the Tasting Competition can pick-up one complimentary 2 lb box of King Arthur Cake Flour or one 5 lb bag of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour at Make It Sweet (after 1/15/17) or at competitor registration at the show
These are cakes that would be illegal in the Prohibition Era. Booze of any sort must be included in the cake. It can also be included in the icing.
This category is open to any type of cake that includes alcohol as an ingredient. The alcohol must be in the cake and may also be included in the icing, although not required. Submit one 8” to 10” cake or 12 cupcakes.
Pull out the tried and true family pie recipes – you know the ones, they have stains all over the sheets from being used so often.
Any type of pie is allowed. Entries should be one 8” to 10” pie. Please note: there is no refrigeration at the venue so plan your pies and delivery accordingly.
This category is open to any type of baked item – sweet or savory. It must contain this year’s common ingredient – yeast.
Any type of baked item – sweet or savory. Submit 10 individual pieces, or one entry sufficient for 10 servings.
Any one type of cookie. Bring one display with 10 cookies
This category is open to any one type of candy. Flour is not required for the candy entries. For Candy entries, bring one display with 10 pieces