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Cake Decorating

January 21, 2020

CAKE DECORATING

DIVISION & EXHIBIT REQUIREMENTS
Three (3) State Fair Exhibits: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Levels
Each exhibit needs a label indicating owner, club and division. Completed record sheets are due into the Extension Office on or before June 29, 2020, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.

Exhibit Introduction
The cake decorating project provides skill-based experiences that provide an opportunity for mastery before building on the experience to develop more advanced skills.  This project area is divided into three (3) levels: 
Beginner (grades 3-5)
Intermediate (grades 6-8)
Advanced (grades 9-12). 
While defined grades are intended to be a guide, older youth enrolled in this project for the first time may start in a lower grade skill level with permission by the county extension educator, followed by an appropriate level the following year. 

Skills and techniques demonstrated should be age/grade appropriate.  Exhibited cakes must demonstrate the minimum five (5) techniques from their given level outlined in Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A, but may also include higher/lower level techniques that have been mastered.  Any higher/lower level techniques will not be counted as part of the minimum five (5), but will be evaluated for quality.

All exhibited cakes must be created using a Styrofoam, foam, or other solid dummy.  Unless otherwise stated, cakes are to be iced using Royal Icing or buttercream.  Buttercream icing will not withstand environmental conditions and may become soft, melt, not withhold its shape, and colors may bleed when being displayed an extended period of time. 

When displaying a cut-up cake, or tiered cake, the exhibitor must include a diagram and description indicating how the cake was assembled.  This diagram and description can be attached to, or written on, the skills sheet. 

All exhibits must include a completed Cake Decorating Skills Sheet (4-H 710) and must accompany the cake for the judge’s reference during judging.  This sheet may be attached to the cake board.

Beginner Level (grades 3-5)
Cakes must be on a cake board approximately 3/8” thick and 2-4" larger than the cake.  For example, if the cake is 8” round, then the cake board must be 10-12” round.  The cake board must be neatly covered and well taped or otherwise attached underneath.  Cake exhibited in the beginner level are to be a single tier/layer and may be round, square, or rectangular, and the cake board is to be no more than 5” tall and 12” x 12”.  A minimum of five (5) Beginner level skills are to be demonstrated.  A list of skills to choose from can be found on the Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A sheet.

 
Intermediate Level (grades 6-8)
Cakes must be on a cake board approximately 3/8” thick and 2-4” larger than the cake.  For example, if the cake is 9” x 13” rectangular, then the cake board must be 11” x 15”  to 13" x 17" rectangular.  The cake board must be neatly covered and well taped or otherwise attached underneath.  Cake exhibited in the intermediate level are to be a single or double tier/layer, no more than 12” tall, and may be any shape.  Youth may choose to decorate an inverted (upside down) character pan, create a 3-dimensional cake.  It is also permissible to cut-up pieces of Styrofoam, foam, or other solid material to create a new shape, like a butterfly or castle for example.  The cake board is to be no more than 24” x 24”.  A minimum of five (5) Intermediate level skills are to be demonstrated and the cake may include additional skills from the Beginner level.  A list of skills to choose from can be found on the Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A sheet.


Advanced Level (grades 9-12)
Cake must be on a cake board approximately 1/2” thick and 4” larger than the base cake.  For example, if the cake is 26” in diameter, then the cake board must be 30” in diameter.  The cake board must be neatly covered and well taped or otherwise attached underneath.  Cake exhibited in the advanced level may be multiple layer and/or tiered, and may include multiple cakes, like a wedding cake.  Youth may choose to create a character or 3-dimensional cake by cutting-up pieces of Styrofoam, foam, or other solid material to create a new shape.  Dowel rods, plates, etc should be used to support multiple layers and tiers.  Fondant icing and gum paste if permissible.  Cake may be any shape, no more than 36” tall, and the cake board is to be no more than 36” x 36”.  A minimum of five (5) Advanced level skills are to be demonstrated, and the cake may include additional skills from the Beginner and Intermediate levels.  A list of skills to choose from can be found on the Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A sheet.

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