Cake Competition

That Takes the Cake is a Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition open to all ages and skill levels. The perfect opportunity to show off your skills.

The Cake Competition features these four separate competitions:

Child/Junior – Divisional Competition – Sugar Showpiece Competition – Tasting Competition
Each competition is judged by a distinguished panel of industry renowned judges and competitors will receive a judging sheet reviewing their entry (with the exception of children). Medals, prizes and cash prizes are awarded to top entries (see Rules for more information)

Note: General Admission entry is included in your competition registration fees. For competitors under the age of 18, competition registration includes a general admission weekend pass for the competitor and for one accompanying adult.

Sugar Showpiece Competition

A Sugar Showpiece is the centerpiece of a special event.  Sugar Showpieces are showstoppers that make people wonder if it is really cake and how it was made.  You have seen Sugar Showpiece style works of art created on Food Network Challenges, TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off, Cake Wars and Ace of Cakes type shows.  A Sugar Showpiece might be for a wedding, 1st, 16th or 80th birthday, a retirement, a baby shower, a corporate event, an anniversary, or any special event.  One defining element is that the theme that is carefully incorporated into all aspects of the cake and the cake display.

For 2020, Capital Confectioners challenges artists to depict mythology in cakes, cookies, and other edible media.  Myths from all cultures are welcome, from dragon-slaying heroes and deities living upon mountains through to wise little creatures that outwit their predators, or even just the human tales of fancy and folly that are told time and time again to bring meaning to our daily lives.

What great story will your sugar art tell?

Divisional Cake Competition

These entries are classified by Divisions (age/skill level) and Style (type of entry) so that entries are only judged against others of the same style made by competitors with similar skill sets.

Teen, Culinary Student, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional/Masters

Special Occasion Novelty Single Tier, Sculpted, Special Occasion Multi-Tier, Buttercream Only, Wedding Tiered, Special Techniques not on a Cake, Cookies & Cupcakes Small Bites

Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™


  • Open to teens and adults, anyone 13 years of age or older
    (For competitors under 18, competition registration includes general admission for the competitor and one accompanying adult)
  • No skills- or profession-based classifications at this time


  • 2-D/Flat Cookies
  • 3-D Cookies (defined as cookies that are constructed/engineered to create a freestanding, dimensional piece of cookie art)

Child & Junior Entries

An adult can help bake the cake for a child or junior competitor. The child/junior must then complete decorating the entry themselves.
To encourage young decorators, each entry will be awarded a “Best of …” title that will be displayed with their entry on Sunday morning and all entrants will be recognized with a medal at the awards ceremony. Judging critique forms are not completed for child or junior entries.

Tasting Competition

This year’s Tasting Competition includes the following categories:

Dutch Oven/Skillet Cakes
Coffee Cake
Common Ingredient – Corn
Trail Mix/Granola

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