Behind the Scenes and Winners: Goldilocks' 10TH Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge 2016 #ICDC

I had the privilege of covering the event of this year's Goldilocks' 10th Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge -- XTREME, held at The Block at SM North EDSA, as ten schools compete to create the most delicious and festive cake.
Since 2006, Goldilocks has been drawing out the most creative cake decorating talents among the youth through their annual Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC).

From 71 entries from all over the Philippines, down to only 10 schools, 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 and I was one of them.
Not many people would get the chance to go behind the scenes of something as exciting as this Goldilocks' event.
Spotted were
the mentors goofing around while preparing to bake and make free yummy cakes for the guests.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get one.

Goldilocks' recently launched a super fun app that will give you the chance to manage your own Goldilocks store! 
Guests who dropped by The Block SM North EDSA had the chance to try the game. 
Why don't you let your future little bakers try the newest Baker's Rush game app?
My only regret was not bringing my kids to this event as Goldilocks set up this awesome DYC Decorate Your Cake Booth for the aspiring bakers of our country. I just bought 3 of the kit and brought them home.
 When it comes to picking the perfect cakes for my special days, I consistently buy at Goldilocks and I HIGHLY suggest you do the same because they make the most gorgeous ones!
Here are some their awesome collection from the event.

So, prior to the main event, finalists from the ten schools ( you can view the schools HERE ) 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. 

The Mentors

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.

Category 1 (50th Birthday) winner
Lyceum of the Philippines - Laguna

Category 2 (50th Wedding Anniversary) winner
Saint Anne College of Lucena

Category 3 (2050 Cake) winner:
Western Institute of Technology

Category 4 (Number 50 Cake) winner
Saint Anne College of Lucena

Category 5 (Gold Cake) winner:
Pangasinan State University - Lingayen

10th Goldilocks Cake Deco Challenge Grand Champion
Saint Anne College of Lucena
"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

To know more about this XTREME event, visit

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