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We always have a big crunch of people trying to bring their cake entries in on Saturday morning at the last minute. This year with the venue change and the fact that there’ll be another event going on at the venue on Saturday from 10-2 means it’s really important to get your cake in as early as possible. We will turn cakes away that aren’t fully checked in by 10 am! That includes showcakes, children’s cakes, everything!

In order to encourage folks to bring their cakes during the Friday night check-in period, we’re offering a special bonus of five free raffle tickets to everyone who brings their cake between 5pm and 8pm on Friday, February 21. We will be posting details soon on precisely where to enter the mall with your cakes, but we wanted to let you know now to plan to bring your cake on Friday if you can.

If you must bring it on Saturday – and we recognize that some folks are coming in from out of town or have to stay up all night Friday night finishing their entry (I personally know that all too well) – be sure to come as early as you can on Saturday morning. Again, parking may be a challenge the closer you get to 10 am, so bring it first thing at 7 am if you can.

Remember: check-in takes time! We need to find your entry information, get you to fill in some forms, check that everything is right, make any category changes necessary (although folks could REALLY help us here by ensuring they’re registered for the right divisions/categories in advance!), and then send you to get your cake and move it to the right table. Don’t show up at 9:55 Saturday morning and expect to find parking and get everything checked in!

Registration is here: http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/competition/registration/

 

That Takes the Cake! has two special on-site competitions this year – a Cake Club Cake-Off Challenge (Saturday 2:30 – 4:30) and a Speed Wedding Cake Competition (Sunday 12:30 – 2:00). Email Jennifer Bartos if you are interested in participating and she will send you more information.

 

We got a note from Photofrost to let us know about their cake decorating contest, so if any of you are interested, the details are here:

http://photofrost.com/contest/

And of course don’t forget to register to enter a cake in our cake show! You can also enroll for classes online or buy general admission tickets now, all at http://thattakesthecake.org. Our deadline for competition registration is February 19 with no unregistered entries accepted at the door this year, so sign up soon!

 

The Central Texas College is holding their Geekfest 2011 at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater in Killeen, TX on August 19th – 20th.  If you’re into gaming, science fiction, zombies, cosplay, and other geeky things, you won’t want to miss out.  This year they’ll be sporting their very own cake competition!

“The Cake is a Lie” contest has 3 categories: cookies, cupcakes, and tiered cakes.  Entries must be “geek” themed.  Get your registration in by August 12th!

http://www.starsatnight.org/geekfest/decoratingcontest.html

 

Do you like making nifty or unusual cupcakes? Do you also like taking lots of in-progress photos or videos? Want to win an iPad2? Then you’ll want to enter Instructables’ Cupcake Contest. Entries must be submitted by the end of June 19th.

If you post a tutorial, let us know. We might feature it here whether you win or not!