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Monday, March 7, 2016

Xtreme cake deco on the spot at the 10th Goldilocks ICDC 2016

Just when you thought, its easy to decorate a cake, wait till you see the ICDC participants building a three layer cake from scratch. It takes a lot of discipline, patience and expertise to decorate a cake at least for me. Hats off to the students who spinned their cake "on the spot". How I wish I have the talent to be creative, to whip those buttercreams, and to flat top those icings, now I would be contented seeing those participants made their way to the cakes.

Since 2006, Goldilocks has been drawing out the most creative cake decorating talents among the youth through their annual Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC). Indeed, the competition has transcended school pride, and has become a venue where would-be pastry chefs and bakeshop masters are discovered.

This year’s ICDC drew a particularly large crowd of spectators at The Block at SM North EDSA. Finalists from ten schools were given base cakes that they could stack in layers, gallons and gallons of ultra-premium whipped cream (supplied by co-sponsor Avoset Pour N’ Whip), and a seemingly endless array of edible hues, different shapes and colors of jelly, chocolates, decorative flowers and other ingredients for edible art works. This year, however, provided a truly “Xtreme” twist: teams were made to decorate five cakes in the span of only five hours, based on themes that they only learned about on contest day.

Each team had five participants, representing the best of their culinary arts or hotel and restaurant management courses. In the lead up to the competition, each team was mentored by a top professional chef, in order to prepare them for this one-of-a-kind challenge. Consequently, students from Calayan Educational Foundation, Sain Anne College of Lucena, Pangasinan State University, Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna, Trinity University of Asia, Western Institute of Technology Iloilo, DMCI College Foundation Dipolog, Lyceum Subic Bay, Far Eastern University, and Colegio de San Lorenzo were all on hand to show the audience a delightful display of skill and creativity.

As expected from their young, artistic, and spirited imaginations, all the competing teams came up with five masterpieces that bordered on sculpted cakes to intricate icing art pieces. Submissions for the 50th birthday cake, 50th wedding anniversary cake, “Year 2050” cake, the gold-themed cake, and the number-themed cake showcased intricate, colorful, and even gravity-defying designs.

Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna took the top prize in the 50th birthday cake category, while St. Anne College of Lucena won the 50th wedding anniversary cake category. Western Institute of Technology Iloilo was judged to have the best Year 2050 cake, and Pangasinan State University and St. Anne College Lucena won the gold-themed cake and number-themed cake categories, respectively.

After tallying the cumulative scores, judges Penk Ching, Heny Sison, Millie Dizon, Carol San Pedro, and Cara Wu declared the overall winner and 2016 ICDC champion to be St. Anne College Lucena. The announcement was met with jubilation and wild cheers, particularly from team mentor Chef James Antolin.

“Some of these designs were really impressive – even at par with commercially available cakes. It’s amazing that these were made on-the-spot by students,” noted Goldilocks Marketing Director Cherry Caluya. “The level of talent possessed by the Filipino youth is truly overwhelming,” she concluded.

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