Some lessons learned from my first tasting competition, That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition. It was a blast and stressful and very satisfying especially with my 3rd place win in the Angel food cake category! I learned a lot but here’s my top10:
- Don’t try to do too much. Originally I had planned on entering all 5 tasting categories and entering 2 in at least 1 category. It’s too much….WAY to much! (This was my 1st one)
- When life happens like a family member passing, engagement party, the flu and jumping in to help another blogger out, plans need to change too (yes this all happened). You aren’t superwoman…well, not all the time!
- Open categories like the tasting division can and will have amazing pastry chefs in it. But that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try. Fear shouldn’t keep you from stretching yourself.
- Go in expecting nothing but if you do win something, don’t beat yourself up for the things that didn’t. Be glad you received anything.
- People eat with their eyes first so even though it’s a tasting competition they MUST look pretty.
- Don’t use a new pan for the competition cake. It worked out for one entry but was a disaster for the other.
- You can have near perfect scores and still not get 1st place.
- Test recipes in their entirely at least once before the competition. They may all taste great individually but the combination can sometimes end up…well, not quite right.
- Some people don’t like candy that is sweet but I could care less when it’s awesome and get to eat all the leftovers!
- Be careful, they’re addicting! Once you finish one… you start thinking about the next one!
Check out some of the amazing cakes from the show.
Now which one should I try next?