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This contest is for amateur cake decorators only. 

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • 8" round 2 layer cake.
  • Fully coated and decorated in spreadable or pipable icings such as Butter Cream, Fudge, or Whip (no rolled fondant, gum paste, molding chocolate, etc)
  • Smooth flat top with inscription
  • Smooth or combed sides 
  • Piped border around top and bottom
  • Additional decoration such as flowers, streamers and confetti, balloons, vines- be creative!

I will score the entries based on:

  • Overall apperance of the cake (5 points)
  • Level of technical difficulty (5 points)
  • Level of creativity (5 points)
  • Level of skill in execution (5 points)

First Place Winner will recieve:

  • One- Ateco 672 professional revolving cake stand with non-slip pad, 12" diameter aluminum turnnable, cast iron base, and precision rotation.  New in box.
  • One- Bragging rights.  Slightly used.


Second Place Winner will recieve:

  • One-"JJ's Butter Cream Smoothing Kit", containing all the tools I use to get the tops and sides of my cakes smooth.  (1 comb, one plastic scraper, one Ateco 1447, one Ateco ultra 1310)

To enter this contest post a response to this discussion-  Introduce yourself, describe the cake, and post a link to the pictures of your cake on   POST TWO PICTURES, one top view tagged "JJ's Amateur Contest Top", and one side view tagged "JJ's Amateur Contest Side".  See the attached photos for an example. Please limit your entries to one per person!


All entries must be posted between Thursday, 9/8/11 and Friday, 9/23/11.Winners will be announced Friday, 9/30/11

PLEASE NOTE-  Just tagging your photos will not enter you into this contest!  You must enter  by posting a reply to this discussion! 

Your entry should look something like this like this:


My name is JJ, and here is my entry for "JJ's Amateur All Occasion Cake Contest!"  


The cake is vanilla pound cake filled with chocolate fudge, and iced with pink American style butter cream.



The Following Entries Have Been Accepted!

Gloria Castano

Debbie Boswell


Jennifer Hanus



Tammy Whitaker

Evelyn Vega

Joann Smith

candy densmore

Rebecca Towle

Pam McGraw

Sandra Griffin

Catrina Bonomolo

Tracy Lynn Buttermore

naheed ullah

mariza guerero

Paula Collins


michelle johnson

Jenn Merrifield

Rhonda Goodwin

Regina Santangelo

natasa kukic

candy densmore

Erica Thompson

Eva Buchholz

Carol Vokes

Dina Hany

Eillim Cintron

Adelle Crotteau



Natasha Soto

Adelaida Diaz


Adrian Sims

Perfection By Paula


Lisa Duff

kathy tolbert

Lynda P Gunn

candy densmore

zeeniya zulfikar

Madhulika Dev



Jessica Fink

Ashleigh Clayton

Anji Fisher

Julie S


Stacy Strate

Olivia Elias

Eunice Lee

Christina Strellec-Simpson


Janice Groves

Suzanne Baker-Shultz

Poonam Jadhav

Erica Booker

Vanessa H.

Jaime Lavallee



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My name is Rhonda Goodwin

I am also a self taught cake decorator. I get alot of my inspiration

from websites for cake decorators.

My submission to JJ's amateur cake contest is a cake I made for

my 4yr old grandaughter. It is a Vanilla cake with a buttercream icing I tried from on of

the many sites I visit. Very tasty and easy to smooth using paper towel method. decorations were buttercream and

fondant. My writing is horrible but I didn't want to mess the cake up so I wrote on the board. 


This is the second picture it didn't work the first time.



My name is Regina Santangelo, and here is my entry for "JJ's Amateur All Occasion Cake Contest!"  This cake has one layer of white and one layer of Devil's Food all covered with my buttercream.  I dusted the main body of the cake with silver luster dust to make it look like an aluminum pot.  The flames are buttercream.  The top was smoothed with buttercream then a round border that looked like the edge of the pot.  Then it was filled with fondant crawfish boil items.  Cooked sugar was cracked and placed around to similate the boiling water. 

(These photos are also posted on the web site but I was unable to upload from there.)

 Hi, my name is Natasha, and here is my entry for " JJ's Amateur All Occasion Cake Contest!"
The cake is  vanilla pound cake with strawberry fudge, iced with whipped cream...l
Hope you'll like it!
All the best!

I need to ask a question, because I'm not sure I understood the terms correctly.

Is it allowed to post more than one cake per contestant?


hello to enter this contest do you have to be leaving in america or any one around the word can eneter? thank you
My name is Barb - my cakes are french vanilla w/buttercream frosting.
Thank's for all the entries!  Keep 'em coming!  I'll sort through the most recent ones and post links to the accepted entries after I'm finished making decorating all my cakes for this weekend :-)

i just have a couple of questions the cake are to be butter cream royal or other icing right no fondant decorations

but can we use fondant the decorated the board only

from what i understand.... You can use fondant decoration but the cake has to have writing on it... an/d or piping.. of some sort


you can NOT cover the cake in fondant

My name is Candy and here is another entry for "JJ's Amateur All Occasion Cake Contest!"

This is a Red Velvet Cake iced with Cream Cheese Buttercream



     My name is Erica and here is my entry for "JJ's Amateur All Occasion Cake Contest!"

     The cake I am entering into the contest is a 8 inch round, two layered, red velvet cake.  The cake was iced using butter cream icing and then sprayed to get the red color.  The top of the cake is decorated with the Georgia bulldog logo.  For the final touches, the cake was piped with a white (vanilla butter cream) and black (chocolate butter cream) rope border. I also piped some sparkling red icing around the "G" to make it pop and sprinkled some red sugar crystals.


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