Welcome to the 35th Annual San Diego Cake Competition

We have changed up our competition this year. We have revised our experience levels, streamlined our categories and add all new Awards! Read up on our new competition guidelines and feel free to email Admin@SanDiegoCakesShow.com with any questions.

What do you get with your Competition Entry?

Not only do you get to show off your amazing skills and best work, reaping the acclaim and amazement of the public, but all competitors get a Weekend Ticket to the 35th Annual San Diego Cake Show. In addition to your weekend Ticket all competitors will receive a goody bag with fun decorating items to experiment with and add to your collection!

During the Show Weekend there will be live demonstrations of many sugar arts including various cake decorating styles, candy making, cookie decorating, flowers made from gum paste, sugar eggs, gingerbread art, marzipan, and rolled fondant on the Main Stage.

The Awards Ceremony will be more exciting than ever, with it’s presentation of the $1000 Cash Prize for the Best of Show Winner!

This annual event is the largest show of its kind in California. If you missed it last year, you missed out! The cake show this year will be bigger and better than ever! 

To enter the Junior Competition

Open only to ages between 4 – 16

  • Pre-Junior  Between the ages of 4 & 8
  • Junior Between the ages of 9 & 12
  • Teen Between the ages of 13 & 16
  • Non-tiered Any non-tiered cake with any theme decorated using buttercream icing, pastry pride, royal icing, fondant, rolled buttercream, or modeling chocolate. Any sugar material or technique may be used. Non-edible decorations are not allowed for Junior and Teen. PLEASE NOTE: Pre-Junior division is allowed the use of plastic non-edible items. Plastic non-edible items will not be judged as highly as handmade items, but will also not be judged down.
  • Tiered Any tiered cake with any theme decorated using buttercream icing, pastry pride, royal icing, fondant, rolled buttercream, or modeling chocolate. Any sugar material or technique may be used. Non-edible decorations are not allowed for Junior and Teen. PLEASE NOTE: Pre-Junior division is allowed the use of plastic non-edible items. Plastic non-edible items will not be judged as highly as handmade items, but will also not be judged down.
  • Sculpted Carved or shaped cakes, 2D or 3D sculptures. Must be made from at least 75% cake. Any sugar materials or technique may be used. Entry must include Storyboard Description which consists of a brief written description of your process for creating the piece as well as a minimum of 5 in-progress pictures.
  • Novelty Cake pops, cupcakes, cake balls, candy, cookies, gingerbread, petit fours. A combination of techniques and edible material can be used.

Purchase your Junior Competition Entry

To enter the Adult Competition

  • Amateur  Has taken (1) course in cake decorating, or is self-taught using beginner skills similar to those taught in a basic cake decorating course or been involved in any aspect of the craft for less than 1 year.
  • Intermediate  Has gone beyond beginner skills or has won 1st place in Amateur Division in a previous show or is a beginning culinary student.
  • Expert  Has gone beyond intermediate or has won 1stplace in Intermediate Division in a previous show or is a mid to high level culinary student  or is a past/present decorator/teacher for a commercial enterprise(Wilton), or works as a baker/caterer/CFO or in a commercial bakery, or a person in an allied field.
  • Master  One who qualifies under at least one of the following: certified ICES CMSA, has had the equivalent of 140 hours or more of professional classes or hands-on seminars, is past/present national or international professional teacher, or has appeared on television as expert, or is an author, or is a cake show judge or webinar instructor.
  • Non-tiered  Any non-tiered cake with any theme decorated using buttercream icing, pastry pride, royal icing, fondant, rolled buttercream, or modeling chocolate. Any sugar material or technique may be used. Non-edible decorations are not allowed.
  • Tiered  Any tiered cake with any theme decorated using buttercream icing, pastry pride, royal icing, fondant, rolled buttercream, or modeling chocolate. Any sugar material or technique may be used. Non-edible decorations are not allowed.
  • Sculpted  Carved or shaped cakes, 2D or 3D sculptures Must be made from at least 75% cake. Any sugar materials or technique may be used. Entry must include Storyboard Description which consists of a brief written description of your process for creating the piece as well as a minimum of 5 in-progress pictures.
  • Foreign Technique  Cake entry with any foreign technique, including but not limited to: Lambeth, Korean Flowers, Australian, Oriental, Nirvana, South African Lace Points. 75% or more of entry must be of these techniques. Entry must include Storyboard Description which consists of a brief written description of your process for creating the piece as well as a minimum of 5 in-progress pictures.
  • Showpiece  Showpiece/sculpture/center piece/floral display can be made of modeling chocolate, pastilliage, blown sugar, pulled sugar, isomalt, granulated sugar, gumpaste, or gelatine. Entry must include Storyboard Description which consists of a brief written description of your process for creating the piece as well as a minimum of 5 in-progress pictures.
  • Novelty  Cake pops, cupcakes, cake balls, candy, cookies, gingerbread, petit fours or edible entry (artwork using only edible materials including but not limited to: seeds, nuts, candy, etc.) A combination of techniques and edible material can be used. 
  • Non-Cake  Cocoa butter painting on any medium, any royal icing pieces or color flow art, any gelatine molds, gelatine art, or gelatina. A combination of techniques and edible material can be used.

Purchase your Adult Competition Entry

To enter the Spectacular Competition

This competition will be judged as a Expert/Master Level Competition. Individual and Group Entries are Judged Separately. Limit 1 entry per contestant.

  • Spectacular Individual  Contestant is the sole creator of the sugar art piece incorporating the Show theme. Detailed Rules – See Spectacular Cake Competition Rules.
  • Spectacular Group  Contestant Group may consist of up to five (5) contestants maximum in creating the sugar art piece incorporating the Show theme. Detailed Rules – See Spectacular Cake Competition Rules.

Purchase your Spectacular Competition Entry

Please review the Competition Types and Rules before you purchase your Competition Entry.

 Happy Decorating and Good Luck!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Competition 

Now I have a question I see the Rules mention measurements of 24 x 24, those are width and length? How about height?

There is no height restriction.  The board you use is to be no larger than 24×24” There is only a height requirement if you enter the Spectacular Competition and that height requirement is in the Spectacular Rules.

As a competitor do I need to buy a show ticket? Does my family?

A Weekend Show Ticket comes with your competition entry.  Each competitor will receive their weekend ticket at entry check-in (see The Rules for check-in times).

Your competition entry does not include an After Party Ticket. The After Party is a separate event happening on Saturday night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach for those that are 21 and up.

Your family or any other spectors would need to purchase either a Day Ticket or a Weekend Ticket to get into the Show.

I was thinking about entering the cake competition this year and noticed the theme was Rockin Cakes, does this mean all cakes must be rock themed to enter?

The theme is only if you are entering the Spectacular Competition for Individual or Group Division.  If you are entering either the Junior Competition or the Adult Competition the theme requirement does not apply.

This is my first time and I am a little confused , are the cakes done at the competition or do we make the cakes from our places and bring them all ready?

The cakes are not generally done at the competition – usually entries are brought completed to the show during check-in hours (see the Rules).  However, we have had some entries brought in during check-in hours on Friday and worked on at the fairgrounds, we don’t recommend this as you are then under a definite time crunch and there are plenty of people rushing around getting the venue ready.  However touch ups and some light assembling is usual for a lot of our entrants as plenty of them do travel quite a distance.  Please make sure to pay careful attention to the check-in end times and allow plenty of time as when we say hands off – that’s it…. no more touching!

Ok... I bought my entry ... now what?

You should receive a notification email confirming your entry.  Then once the entry deadline has passed all contestants will be sent an email with Competition Check-in Instructions… it will include things like where to go with your entry, where to park, what to do upon arrival, your competitors weekend ticket, competition swagg bag pickup,  awards ceremony information, as well as competition entry pick up information after the show, so that you can take your wonderful entry home!

This email will be sent to the same email address you used to enter the competition … be on look out for after the entry deadline!

Tickets and Classes for the 2019 Show will be available in November Dismiss