2019 UMBA Deco Cake Contest

The Deco Cake Contest will again include the Cupcake Category. They join the Fondant Wedding Cake and Novelty/ Specialty Categories which have been part of the contest for many years. The Cupcake category will be unique in that entries will be judged on appearance and taste. Contest details are included below.

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Beginner/Student: Less than two years experience

Intermediate/Advanced: More than two years experience


Fondant Wedding Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers-cake must be covered in fondant. Decorations may be fondant, butter cream, gum paste, royal icing, isomalt or chocolate. Contestants will be asked to provide a list of decorating procedures used in decorating their cake.

Novelty/Specialty: Any cake with a theme such as: Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas Easter, etc. Any sugar medium or technique may be used. Sculpted cakes may be entered in this category. Contestants will be asked to provide a list of decorating procedures used in decorating their cake

Cupcakes: A display of 6 or more cupcakes which will be judged on appearance and taste. Cupcakes may be arranged on a stand or decorative base. Contestants may include extra cupcakes for the tasting if desired.

Decorated Cookie: Decorated Cookie: Individually decorated cookie, 4 to 12 inch size. Judged on flavor and texture of cookie along with decorating, creativity, and execution. Bring additional plain un-decorated cookie for tasting. Must be completely edible.


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 and 5:00 PM, or Saturday, March 2 between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

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 appearance, neatness, creativity, difficulty, and presentation. Some categories are also judge on 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” will be chosen by the judges from all of the entries that qualify for this award. “Best Tasting & Decorated Cupcake” will also be chosen by the judges. “People’s Choice” will be awarded to the entry with the most votes. Voting for People’s Choice continues until Sunday at 9:00 AM. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Sunday.

11.    Cash prizes of $100 will be given to the “Best of Show”, “Best Tasting & Decorated Cupcake” and “People’s Choice” in both divisions. Award winners must be paid UMBA members in order to receive the cash prizes. If a non member wins “Best of Show”, “Best Tasting & Decorated Cupcake”, or “People’s Choice” they will receive the trophy, but not the accompanying cash prize.

12.    Entries may be real or Styrofoam (unless real is required by the category) but must be reproducible in real cake. Non-edible supports or up to 10% volume of Rice Krispies may be used in place of cake.

13.    Entries cannot be copywrited and should be something that would be sellable.