Holiday Bake-Off & Cake Decorating Challenge

Bit of Whimsy Cakes is excited to be sponsoring a Holiday Bake-Off and Cake Decorating Competition on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Madison Central High School in Richmond, KY. The competition will be part of the Holiday Market hosted by Madison Central High School’s Project Graduation – a one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping and decorating needs.

Bake-Off: Home for the Holidays

We’re looking for your blue ribbon best homemade treats!

There are 3 categories to choose from: CAKES, COOKIES, OR PIES

$15 FOR THE FIRST ENTRY, $10 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY

Entries must not require refrigeration – no cream or custard pies or whipped cream cakes please.

 

Cake Decorating Challenge

Professional Division: Christmas in Kentucky

We want to see your best cake designs showcasing holiday memories inspired by our state. The professional division is for any baker or cake artist that sells decorated cakes to customers. Entries must be at least 24″ tall, and no more than 16″ wide. All decorations must be edible – buttercream, royal icing, sugar paste, modeling chocolate, fondant, etc. Floral wire and supports for sugar flowers or sculpted figures is permitted. A tasting element must be included with the entry. It can be in the form of a 4″ cake or 2 cupcakes. Cakes will be judged on creativity, neatness, originality and taste.

Amateur Division (ages 14+): Christmas Carols

Use your favorite holiday songs as inspiration for your cake theme. The amateur division is for anyone ages 14+ who does not sell decorated cakes to customers. Entries may have up to 2 tiers. Inedible decorations are permitted, but they can only make up 10% of the decorated items on the cake. A tasting element must be included with the entry. It can be in the form of a 4″ cake or 2 cupcakes. Cakes will be judged on creativity, neatness, originality and taste.

Kids Division (ages 5-13): Oh What Fun!

Show us what you think are the most fun parts of the holidays! The kids division is for children ages 5-13. Cakes can be any size or shape, but should not exceed 24″ in height or width. Inedible decorations are permitted, but they can only make up 25% of the decorated items on the cake. A tasting element must be included with the entry. It can be in the form of a mini cake or 2 cupcakes. Tasting elements must be made by the child, with only minimal help from adults. Cakes will be judged on creativity, neatness, originality and taste.

PRIZES

Bake-Off

First place in each category will receive a ribbon and a “Lord Honey” gift set from celebrity Chef Jason Smith (contains a shirt, cutting board and autograph)

Second and Third place will each receive a ribbon and gift basket from Newby Country Store.

Cake Decorating Challenge

First place will receive a trophy and a “Lord Honey” gift set from celebrity Chef Jason Smith (contains a shirt, cutting board and autograph)

Second and Third place will each a receive a trophy and gift basket from Newby Country Store.

Meet the Judges

Becky Holman is an award-winning, self-taught cake artist and the owner of Bit of Whimsy Cakes in Richmond, KY. Her cakes and tutorials have been featured in magazines and blogs such as Kentucky Bride, Bridal Bliss, Blissful Bluejays, The Coordinated Bride, American Cake Decorating and Cake Masters. She was also a competitor on Food Network Canada’s The Big Bake. Most recently she was awarded “Best Decorative Wedding Cakes – Kentucky” from LuxLife Magazine’s Global Wedding Awards. She was also a featured judge on the hit Food Network show Buddy vs. Duff.


“Lord Honey” Jason Smith is not a “cookie cutter” chef (pun intended). He has no culinary or pastry training, nor has he been involved in the professional food world. He is a self-taught cook and baker, learning at his grandmother’s knee from the age of 6, in his beloved home state of Kentucky. Through the years, Jason has taken his Granny’s heritage recipes and given them his own twist, to develop a style he likes to refer to as “Country Bling.” Good ol’ country and southern-rooted food elevated with fresh, vibrant ingredients, changing the minds of millions on how traditional food actually looks and taste.

It is this style, along with his captivating personality, vibrant outfits and ease in front of the camera that has made him a “Triple Crown” winner in the competitive kitchens of Food Network; winning  Holiday Baking Championship—season 3, Holiday Baking Championship—Kids vs Adults—2016, and the ultimate title of Next Food Network Star—season 13. Jason not only wowed the judges with his expert culinary skills, he also won the heart of America with his down-home personality and colorful interpretations of Eastern Kentucky and southern jargon that can only be termed as “Jasonisms.”

Jason is truly the full package in entertaining. He has worked as a professional floral designer and event planner, a caterer and a specialty pastry artist—all endeavors that have been self-taught. Jason is an award winning floral designer and was inducted into the Kentucky Floral Association Hall of Fame in 2016. He is comfortable entertaining an intimate group of friends or demonstrating his culinary skills in front of huge crowds.

Jason is a judge on Best Baker in America, and has appeared on the Rachel Ray Show, Pickler & Ben, Home & Family and several other nationally and locally televised programs. Jason has also judged Haunted Ginger Bread Show Down, Holiday Wars and is regularly featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

Having worked as a school cafeteria manager, Jason continues to be active with the School Nutrition Association, making presentations across the United States.

Whether he is at home with friends and family, tending to his vegetable garden and chickens, or working on various Food Network projects, Jason will always stay true to his “Lord Honey” roots; being an ambassador for his home state, emphasizing his “Country Bling” cuisine and showcasing his “Holy Trinity” of Bourbon, Bacon and Butter.