Daring Kitchen Cake Decorating Challenge
Any plans for January 2 to January 5, 2010? No?
That’s right, you read that correctly.
The Daring Kitchen, in conjunction with the U.S. Confection Connection, is offering one lucky person the chance to attend the New York Cake Convention from January 2 to January 5 on an all-expenses paid trip.
The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City to attend the convention. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two (the winner plus a guest of their choosing), hotel stay (weekend stay, double room at the Hotel Pennsylvania - Monday morning checkout), weekend pass to the NY Cake Convention which includes Demonstration Area Weekend Pass, Live Cake Challenge, Saturday Night Dinner, Meet and Greet with one chosen instructor, access to vendor and competition area and the chance to assist pastry chef Michelle Bonmarito in the Antique Book Cake class she will be teaching.
Sounds like an amazing way to start off a new year!
So how will this contest work? Here’s what you need to know:
- This contest is all about cake decoration. We’re asking you to decorate a cake to represent what the Autumn means to you.
- Starting with a 9-inch cake as your base, create a visual representation of one of the most colourful, beautiful seasons: Autumn. Your cake can be homemade or store-bought, but you MUST start with a completely undecorated cake. It can also be a single layer cake or a multi-layer cake, that’s up to you!
- Submit your creation by midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on November 9th.
- Your submission must include three photos: one photo of your 9-inch cake, undecorated; one photo, mid-process, of you decorating your cake; and one photo of the finished result.
- You can only enter once.
- The entries will be judged in the following categories: originality; execution; and best representation of Autumn.
- The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents, 18 years or older (the contest isn’t just for members of The Daring Kitchen, it’s open to the general public).
- After the contest has closed, a winner will be chosen and announced on November 14th on The Daring Kitchen.
Here are the rules:
- You can only enter once.
- You have to submit three photos: one of your undecorated (no frosting, no fondant) cake base, one of the partially decorated cake, and one of the final result. [Note: If you’re a food blogger, you can blog about your entry once you’ve submitted it. Just be sure to link to the New York Cake Convention event, the Daring Kitchen and the U.S. Confection Connection in your post.]
- You can use any medium to decorate your cake (i.e., buttercream, fondant, sugarcraft), however, it must all be edible (no non-edible decorations) and it must all be made by YOU!!! For example, if you want to use chocolate leaves to decorate your cake you have to make them yourself.
- You must include the following information with your submission: The name of your creation and what inspired you in decorating your piece. As well as an email to lamiacucina AT adelphia DOT net and creampuffsinvenice AT gmail DOT com with the following information: YOUR FULL NAME, YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AND A PHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED DURING THE DAY AND/OR NIGHT, AND YOUR DARING KITCHEN USER NAME.
- You must upload your submission in the designated public forum at The Daring Kitchen. Only these submissions will be accepted (do not e-mail us your submission, JUST YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION).
- The winner of the contest must be prepared to recreate the cake (dummy version) for the convention.
How will the contest be judged?
Lis and Ivonne will be choosing 10 finalists from all the submissions. Together with the kind folks at U.S. Confection Connection, a grand prize winner will be selected from the 10 finalists.
- Remember that this contest is about cake decorating and showing off your imagination. Don’t worry so much about the actual cake flavour as that will not impact the judging in any way.
One more thing …
While the contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents, we want to encourage everyone around the world to get their cake decorating caps on so Lis and Ivonne are happy to offer a copy of Roland Mesnier’s Basic to Beautiful Cakes to top non-North American entry, as chosen by Lis and Ivonne.