St. Anne College Lucena Takes the Cake @ Goldilocks 10th ICDC

10 years ago, cake decorating was a minor craft in culinary engagement. But even so back then, Goldilocks has already been drawing out the most creative cake decorating talents among the youth through the annual Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC) since 2006.

Today, cake decoration is a major part of most culinary school’s curriculum with some course/class dedicated on the subject matter.

This year, the Goldilocks ICDC has transcended school pride, and has become a venue where would-be pastry chefs and bakeshop masters are discovered.

Goldilocks Cake Deco Challenge 2016

Goldilocks Cake Deco Challenge 2016

Goldilocks 10th Cake Deco Challenge

The recently concluded Goldilocks competition drew a particularly large crowd of spectators at The Block in SM North EDSA.

Finalists from 10 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 the following schools:

  • 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
  • Colegio de San Lorenzo

. . . were all on hand to show the audience a delightful display of skill and creativity.

Goldilocks ICDC Top 10 FInalists

Goldilocks ICDC Top 10 FInalists

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.

The Winners

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.

Category 1 WInners

Category 1 WInners

Category 2 Winners

Ms. Millie Dizon of SM Supermalls Joins the Goldilocks ICDC 2016 Category 2 Winners

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.

Category 5 WInners

Category 5 WInners

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Congratulations to the 10th Goldilocks Cake Decorating Challenge Grand Champion, Saint Anne College of Lucena!

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