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Decorating Techniques

Fairbook pages 106- 108

DECORATING TECHNIQUES

DEPARTMENT 57

SUPERINTENDENT:Jan Hager

(248) 342-6338

mammahager1@gmail.com

Learning Objective: To encourage and develop youth’s techniques and knowledge through decorating skills of cakes and cookies.

Rules:One entry per DIVISION allowed per exhibitor.

  • No store bought frosting or frosting mixes will be allowed.
  • Bring a small sample of frosting(s) in a plastic bag, and the frosting recipe(s) for the judges.
  • All decorations must be edible.
  • NO DUMMY CAKES.Cakes and cookies must be purchased or baked.

Decorating Tips:A minimum of four (4) different types of tips required; star, round, rose, leaf or other.

Skills Demonstrated:Must show two (2) techniques :Borders, Flowers, String Work, Molded Sugar Forms, Color Flow Work, Filigree, Marzipan, Air Brushing, Fondant, Gumpaste or other.

Appearance: Design should be suitable to occasion and the shape of the cake, cookie, or set of cookies.Appropriate color combinations should be used.Judging criteria will also include frosting texture, smoothness, skills shown, and originality and over-all effect.(We recommend that the top and sides of the exhibit be covered with frosting before decorating.)

Presentation:Cake or cookie board must be appropriate size (no more than 2” larger than the exhibit) and should enhance exhibit.The board must be strong enough to support the exhibit.

Wilton Enterprises is pleased to help support your Fair in the Decorated Cake Divisions and Cupcake divisions.Wilton “Best of Class” awards are offered for the winning cakes and cupcakes with some type of bag and tip or rolled fondant cake decorating.


DIVISION 1 – NOVELTY CAKES

These are specially shaped cakes other than round, square, or rectangular.

Class:

5701015-7 years old (competitive)

5701028-11 years old

57010312-14 years old

57010415-19 years old

Best of Show

DIVISION 2 – LAYER CAKES

These are round, square, or rectangular cakes.No more than 20% fondant to be used on the cake.Top ornament and pillar assemblies of wedding cakes may be inedible.

Hidden “dowel rods” and plastic support plates are allowed in any multi-layered cake.“Dowel rods” on standing cookies are also allowed.

Dowel picks or dolls are allowed as inserts in “dress” cakes.

Class:

5702015-7 years old (competitive)

5702028-11 years old.

57020312-14 years old.

57202415-19 years old

570205Wedding cake for exhibitors who have exhibited two (2) years prior or who are 16 years or older: a) 6 or more tips used, b) Show as many skills as you can, c) Exhibitor is responsible for set-up and take down.

Best of Show

DIVISION 3 – COOKIE DECORATING

You may enter one to three cookies.Judging is based on decorating only, cookie will not be tasted.Decorations may include 10% non-edible embellishments.Use of decorating tips and skill techniques is required.Exhibit is to be displayed according to presentation rules.


Class:

5703015-7 years old (competitive)

5703028-11 years old

57030312-14 years old

57030415-19 years old

Best of Show

DIVISION 4 – GINGERBREAD STRUCTURES

Structure must be all edible except for house frame and base board.Can be a kit ginger bread or homemade.Not taller than 12” and base board no larger than 12 X 12.Baseboard must be strong enough to support the exhibit. Use of decorating tips and skill techniques is required.

Class:

5704015-7 years old (competitive)

5704028-11 years old

57040312-14 years old

57040415-19 years old

Best of Show

DIVISION 5-NOVELTY CAKE-UGLIEST

The entry must be constructed of edible material. Use a real cake (up to 10” in diameter), with real frosting, icing, or other edible coverings. Plastic or metal items may be used for decorative purposes only. All other items must be approved in advance by the Superintendent.A minimum of 4 decorator tips and 2 skill techniques required.Must have a cake design theme.

Class:

5705015-7 years old (competitive)

5705028-11 years old

57050312-14 years old

57050415-19 years old

Best of Show

DIVISION 6DECORATED CUP CAKE

You may enter one to three traditional sized cupcakes.Judging will be based on decorating only, cupcake will not be tasted.Decorations may include 10% non-edible embellishments.Use of decorating tips and skill techniques is required.Exhibit is to be displayed according to presentation rules.

Class:

57-F-15-7 years old (competitive)

57-F-28-11 years old

57-F-312-14 years old

57-F-415-19 years old

Best of Show

DIVISION 7-FONDANT CAKES

These are cakes covered with fondant.The entry must be constructed of edible material.Use of a real cake with at least 80% fondant on the cake. A minimum of 2 decorator tips and 2 skill techniques required.Plastic or metal items may be used for decorative purposes only.All other items must be approved in advance by the Superintendent.

Class:

5707015-7 years old (competitive)

5707028-11 years old

57070312-14 years old

57070415-19 years old

Best of Show

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