2019 Baked Foods Contest

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Yeast Raised Donut: Create 4 varieties of yeast-raised donuts. Place 20 of them on a 1/2-sheet board and 4 on a separate plate for tasting (24 donuts total). Provide a list of all ingredients. Must be unique! Will be judged on taste, eye appeal, uniqueness of ingredients, and creativity.

Cake Donut: Create 4 varieties of cake donuts. Place 20 of them on a 1/2-sheet board and 4 on a separate plate for tasting (24 donuts total). Provide a list of all ingredients. Must be unique! Will be judged on taste, eye appeal, uniqueness of ingredients, and creativity.

German Chocolate Cake: German chocolate cake is made with German sweet chocolate; devil’s food cake is made with unsweetened chocolate. German sweet chocolate is dark baker’s chocolate with sugar added. It did not come from Germany, but is named after the creator of the chocolate, Samuel German. Unsweetened chocolate used in devil’s food cake creates a dark, chocolate cake mixed with the same amount of sugar used in German chocolate cake. Essentially, German chocolate cake is double sweetened through the extra sugar in the chocolate plus the addition of granulated sugar. The German Chocolate Cake category for competition at this 2019 UMBA conference must consist of the following elements for judging.1. Multiple layers of German Chocolate Cake, baked layers.  2. 8” or 9” ROUND layers – 2 layer minimum and 4 layer maximum. Layers may be split horizontally to make extra layers, but not to exceed 4 layers. German Chocolate Cake must be iced completely on top, using your interpretation of the traditional German Chocolate Icing, (Praline/Caramel icing with pecans and coconut). The icing in between the layer must also be German Chocolate Icing. The sides of the cake may be iced with Chocolate Fudge icing and or Chocolate Buttercream..4. German Chocolate Cake Crumbs will be used to put a skirt of crumbs on the base of the cake, Cake Crumb skirt is not to exceed 1/2 the height of the cake. Cake Crumbs may also be used for TOP Garnish of the cake.  Any complimentary edible finishings may be used on the TOP of the cake for garnish, but not necessary.

Judging criteria will weighed on appearance, break from traditional German Chocolate cake, taste, texture, flavor, creativity and color. (Color range is at least, as dark as a Milk Chocolate Cocoa and the judges interpretation, because of the chiffon nature of processing the cake batter.) Note: Cake Board / Platter will only be considered as a delivery system for the cake. With the popularity of “NAKED” Cakes, Naked Cakes may be judged, but will not qualify for competition.

Cookie: Let your talent shine. Enter the prestigious UMBA cookie contest! Bring your “best of the best” homemade cookies containing something chocolate. You must have 6 cookies to fit on a 12” circle, plus 4 for the judges to sample. Judging will be based on flavor and creativity. They should be eye appealing, but not a decorated cookie. Need to include the formula used for the cookie. Don’t miss out on the winner’s bragging rights!

Build a Bread: Take your favorite bread recipe and build it into your own unique recipe by adding a minimum of two unconventional ingredients. Start with any yeast bread (white, wheat, sourdough, rye, etc.) and add at least two unconventional ingredients. Judging will be on taste, texture, appearance, and the use of the unconventional ingredients.

Bread Showpiece/Display: Since the theme of our show is “Homecoming,” build your Bread Showpiece as an Teachers Pet or some scholastic icon.. Maximum height of 20” tall and no wider than a full-sheet pan. The design must be made of bread dough, but the end product does not need to be edible. The main focus of this category is on the overall artistic design. Structural supports may be used, but will need to be unseen. Judging will be on, eye appeal, overall presentation, skill of execution, difficulty of design, and incorporation of show theme.


1.    No pre-registration required, however, on-site registration is required. Registrants must be members of UMBA in order to qualify for Cash Prizes.
2.    Entries may be set up Friday, March 1, between 3:00-5:00 p.m., or Saturday, March 2 between 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
3.    Judging begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Any entries delivered after 1:00 p.m. will NOT be judged but placed for display purposes only.
4.    Gold winners will be announced at the Saturday evening banquet. The remaining awards will be given out at the award ceremony, Sunday at 11 a.m.
5.    Entries must be exclusive work of the entrant and may not have  been entered in any other competition.
6.    Entries are judged on uniqueness, eye appeal, skill of execution,  and practicality. Some categories are also judged on show theme  or taste.
7.    Decisions of the panel of judges are final.
8.    No business identifying marks, advertisements, or photos will be  allowed until the completion of the judging on Saturday evening. After judging, business cards may be placed by the entries. Entries must stay on display until the end of the awards ceremony on Sunday.
9.    Entries are judged with a point system: Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards will be given in each category. All entries with qualifying points will be awarded.
10.    “Best of Show” (one from each category) will be chosen by the judges from all of the entries that qualify for this award.
11.    Cash prizes of $100 will be given to the “Best of Show.” Award winners must be paid UMBA members in order to receive the cash prizes. If a non member wins “Best of Show” they will receive the trophy, but not the accompanying cash prize.
12.    Structural supports may be used in specific categories but must remain unseen.