It will take more than sugar, flour and eggs to please the “Cake Boss” at the Connecticut Cake Competition this Saturday and Sunday at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.
A baking trend sweeping the nation and our ovens, cake decorating has become very popular - a result of shows like TLC’s “Cake Boss” and Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes.”
The two-day competition begins at 7 a.m. both days, and will host vendors, demonstrations, classes, cake-decorating competitions and a Sunday brunch hosted by “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, who will meet the audience and judge the day’s live “Cake Challenge” contest, The Hartford Courant reports.
“I'm not going to tell someone they stink, but if it is a professional competition,” Valastro told the Courant. “I expect it to look professional. I'm a little softer with someone at the amateur level. I'm also tough on anyone who is cocky with me.”
The Cake Challenge will have competitors create entries for the “Child’s Play” theme within a 3-1/2 hour time frame in front of a live audience.
The competition, which started three years ago, will showcase the latest in cake decorating products, tools and supplies, and participants will have the opportunity to meet authors of cake decorating and confectionary books.
Amateur bakers will also have the chance to mingle with professional bakers and vendors from the area, who will be showcasing talents, products and wedding cake creations.
The event is open to cake decorators and lovers of all skill and ages, and general admission tickets are $7 per person, and free for children 5 and younger. Saturday events include a social from 5 to 6 p.m., a banquet and "Midnight Madness" classes from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday’s “Brunch With Buddy” will begin at 8:30 a.m., and tickets are $80, which includes brunch, Valastro’s program and the Cake Challenge beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the lecture and Cake Challenge are $45, and tickets to attend the challenge only are $15.
Classes will be held both days and will feature well-known decorating instructors, including Connie DiTomasso, Ana Parzych, Carolina Lara and Keith Ryder.
For more information, visit Ctcakecompetition.com.