So many times I hear people say that they don’t think they are good enough to enter a cake at a judged cake competition. “I just do it for fun.” “I would never win.” “Next year, I will think about it.” This is incredibly frustrating for show organizers and judges. There are a few really good reasons for why you NEED to take a cake with you the next time you attend a cake show.
First, cake shows will die if people don’t enter. A couple of shows have experienced real pangs in the last year as people did not sign up to bring cakes or as they waited until the last minute and showed up with an unregistered cake. Cake shows aren’t cheap to host. The show directors have to book the hall, rent tables, linens, and so much more. They have to buy ribbons and awards. They do this on the assumption that cakes will come. I know you like to come look at the cakes; we all do. But if people don’t bring cakes, the shows cannot cover their expenses and they will have to host shows less frequently, if at all.
Second, it doesn’t matter if you’re going to win a ribbon. If you are entering to win an award, you may have already lost. If you enter to push yourself to try a new technique or to get that cake out of your head to make room for the next one…you have already won! Sure, the ribbons and awards are nice and it is incredibly wonderful to be recognized in that manner, but when you go home…it is you and the cake. If you have done your best and feel like you worked at the level to which you are capable, then you have succeeded. If you taught yourself a new technique, you won. If you tried something you learned in a class, you won. If you got to use that cutter or veiner or mold you’ve been dying to use, then you won. This is about stretching yourself to your limits so that you become a better, more well rounded decorator.
Third, you have been given a talent and you have an obligation to share that talent. Artists and creative people make the world more beautiful. I promise you that if you bring a cake, you will hear someone ooh and aah over it at the show. Even when I personally have found a cake unattractive, I’ve heard the person behind me go nuts for the same cake! We don’t all have the same taste, so don’t worry about if everyone will love it. Just make sure that you love it and share the cake with the world. You will make someone’s day when they see your cake…isn’t that truly the best reward?
Finally, think about how cool that cake is going to look on your facebook page or web site! Your friends are going to post all over your timeline telling you how awesome you are and how no one decorates as great as you. You get to be their sugar hero. Put on your cape and get that cake ready for the show!