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Hi everyone, I HAVE recently enrolled in a competition where I will be preparing a three tier cake in 75 minutes that follows a theme that has not yet ben released. Only problem is, I've only ever decorated one cake in my life!

So, what I need to know is, what tools and skills should I learn? All I HAVE currently is a basic piping set and a couple frosting spatualas.

I would be ecstatic if somebody could at least give me a starting spot. I HAVE a year to practice, so I'm sure I can do it in time.
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Start watching lots and lots of videos on constructing and supporting three tier cakes.  Practice, practice, practice.  I'm glad you have a year to prep, because that's a rather ambitious decision for having just made one cake.  I've been decorating for years and would maybe consider entering a contest like this in another year or so.  I find three tier cakes are way trickier than they look.

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Wow!  I've been a professinal for 14 years and I'm not sure I would have entered a contest like that.  Best of luck, and crank up You Tube!

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No problem, you can do it. That's what we're here for.

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post #5 of 24
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Hi everyone, I HAVE recently enrolled in a competition where I will be preparing a three tier cake in 75 minutes that follows a theme that has not yet ben released. Only problem is, I've only ever decorated one cake in my life!

So, what I need to know is, what tools and skills should I learn? All I HAVE currently is a basic piping set and a couple frosting spatualas.

I would be ecstatic if somebody could at least give me a starting spot. I HAVE a year to practice, so I'm sure I can do it in time.

 

Why? I don't get it.

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post #6 of 24
I do lots of competitions but this sounds crazy. How much can anyone get done in 75 min let alone do it to competition standard. Having said that perhaps piped roses on buttercream might work.
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cakeyouverymuch, you're a gem!

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Thank you Mimi.  I actually saw this on DH's Facebook page this AM and thought to save it because I thought it applied to one of my art students, but it works just as well here.

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post #10 of 24
75 minutes for a 3 tier competition cake? Who on earth is putting on this competition?
do they know anything about tiered cakes? What are the rules, what elements are being judged, do they expect fondant it butter cream?
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Originally Posted by spw184 View Post

Hi everyone, I HAVE recently enrolled in a competition where I will be preparing a three tier cake in 75 minutes that follows a theme that has not yet ben released. Only problem is, I've only ever decorated one cake in my life!

So, what I need to know is, what tools and skills should I learn? All I HAVE currently is a basic piping set and a couple frosting spatualas.

I would be ecstatic if somebody could at least give me a starting spot. I HAVE a year to practice, so I'm sure I can do it in time.
 
 
Why would anyone who only decorated one cake in their life enter a competition like that? I have been decorating for years and a 75 minute competition for 3 tiers sounds crazy! and impossible.....
post #12 of 24
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....follows a theme that has not yet ben released.

....what tools and skills should I learn?

....a year to practice,


How can you practice for a particular theme that hasn't been released?

 

When the theme is announced (and rules are listed), we can give suggestions for what tools/skills are required for either medium (BC or fondant).

post #13 of 24
Wow, that is really odd.
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post #14 of 24
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Here is several photos of previous competitors. The competition is part of a group of competitons of which I have competed in. The theme for the year these photos were taken in was "Winter Wonderland." All medias are availible to be used, fondant, gum paste, royal icing, buttercream, whatever. The only real rule is that the cake can not have any store bought items that have not been dramaticly altered.

 

 

 

post #15 of 24
That's the time you get to fill, ice, stack AND decorate?!
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