Cake Challenge

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Spokane Convention Center

2017 ICES Convention Cake Room

The 2017 ICES Convention and Show will be hosting an ICES Convention Live Cake Challenge.  Three teams will be chosen from applicants to compete for prizes and bragging rights when they create a sugar art extravaganza based on the theme “Spokane Riverfront Park”.

Teams will consist of 3 members.  In the event that one of the team members is unable to participate in the challenge the remaining team members may appoint a new team member.  All team members must be identified to the judges at the start of the challenge and may not change during the challenge.  All teams will be notified on May 1, 2017.

The theme for the challenge will be “Spokane Riverfront Park”.  The base of the cake may not exceed 4’x4′ and the cake must be at least 36” tall.  The entire design may be Styrofoam™, but must be able to be reproduced in cake and edible materials.  No cutting of Styrofoam™ will be allowed during the challenge.  Non- edible structure is allowed, but must not exceed 25% of the display, and must be assembled during the challenge.  Lighting and mechanical components may be used, but are not required and will be considered at the judge’s discretion.

The largest part of the display must be covered (with buttercream, fondant, etc) during the challenge; other pieces may be covered in advance.  The cake may not arrive pre-decorated or with the tiers already stacked.  Pre dried identical items may be used, but one for every ten must be made during the challenge i.e. cake will be decorated with 9 roses – one must be made on site, 12 roses will be used – 2 must be made on site.  All final coloring (dusting, airbrushing, etc.) must be done during the challenge.

ICES will provide the following: 3-8’ tables, power (please bring your own extension cords & power strips) and a limited amount of buttercream and fondant for the challenge.  All other supplies and equipment will be provided by the teams.   Buttercream, royal icing, gumpaste, candy clay, fondant and any other medium of choice may be prepared prior to the challenge for use in covering your entry or producing decorative pieces.  No reimbursement for supplies or expenses (including travel) will be provided.  Competitors will receive the same gratuity as other ICES demonstrators.

The Challenge will be a 5 hour event to be held from 10am-3:00pm on Saturday, August 5th in the Cake Room at the Spokane Convention Center.  Set up for the event will be from 8:00am-10:00am.  The winner will be announced at the close of the challenge.  Tear down time is 4:15-5:00pm.  It is your responsibility to leave the work area as you found it.

The challenge will be viewed by ICES Conventioneers (who may purchase a demo ticket for the challenge) and Public Admission ($15 Cake Room and Challenge).  Spectator seating will be limited but ticket holders will have in/out privileges.   ICES Conventioneers will be able to see the challenge and still attend other demos and classes as well as shopping at the vendors.  ICES reserves the right to publicize the event and all rights of video taping or broadcast of the event.

Team members are required to be registered for the 2017 ICES Convention.

Entries will be judged on interpretation of the theme, neatness, use of techniques, use of color, cleanliness and teamwork.  Judges for the event will be ICES Certified Master Sugar Artists.  All decisions of the judges are final.  Entries deemed in bad taste will be disqualified and removed.

All applications must be submitted by e-mail and arrive by April 29th.  Send information to:

Your Application should include the following information:

Title it;  ICES 2017 Live Cake Challenge
Team Member 1 (Key Contact Person)
Their Name, Address, Home Phone #, Cell Phone #, and E-mail Address.

Team Member 2
Their Name, Address, Home Phone #, Cell Phone #, and E-mail Address.

Team Member 3
Their Name, Address, Home Phone #, Cell Phone #, and E-mail Address.

Entries will receive a receipt of confirmation.

By entering this competition for the 2017 ICES Cake Challenge we agree to the terms stated for the challenge.

For questions on the challenge contact:    Vicky Harlen, 2017  ICES Challenge Chair


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