Decorate Like a Boss

RootsTech 2017 Cake Competition

With the Cake Boss on his way, we’ve baked up a whole new competition for this year’s RootsTech. Announcing the first ever cake decorating competition with the artisan himself, Buddy Valastro, as celebrity guest judge!

To make things even sweeter, we have four different categories that you can enter:

  • Wedding
  • Birthday
  • Holiday
  • Graduation

Entries will be sifted into three finalists, and one Grand Prize Winner will be announced per category. Each dazzling creation will be on display on Saturday during RootsTech and Family Discovery Day, where over 10,000 attendees will view and have a chance to vote for a “People’s Choice” winner selected for each category at the end of the day.

Start brainstorming your ideas and get ready to trim, cut, frost, and assemble to your heart’s content.

Submit Application

Application Deadline Is January 13, 2017

Official Rules and Regulations

Entries are submitted by one person, not as teams, though each applicant may represent his or her business. The selection committee will choose 20-25 contestants to compete in each category. Number of participants is subject to change.

Applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m., January 13, 2017. Accepted bakers will be notified, with assigned category, by January 20, 2017. Bakers must respond with acceptance of assigned category and intent to compete, by email, by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Failure to respond by deadline will result in exclusion from the competition. More specific details regarding logistics will be provided upon selection to participate.


  • Employees of sponsor or FamilySearch are ineligible to compete.
  • Must be 18 to apply.
  • No professional qualification, licenses, certificates, or certifications required.
  • Team entries are not permitted.

Wedding Cake Category:

  • Base may be no larger than 36"x 36".
  • Height may be no taller than 6' (including base and stand).
  • Can be automated or animated, but must be self-powered. No electricity provided or available.
  • Cake contents must be at least 80% edible.

Birthday, Graduation, and Holiday Categories:

  • Base may be no larger than 24"x 24".
  • Height may be no taller than 3' (including base and stand).
  • Can be automated or animated, but must be self-powered. No electricity provided or available.
  • Cake contents must be at least 80% edible.

By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and that the decisions of the judges are final and binding in all respects. Judging will be completed, and the winner will be notified Saturday, February 11, 2017. The judges will be selected by RootsTech and have full and complete discretion regarding all contest-related matters. Applicants will be required to accept the rules and regulations during the application process.

By entering, you represent that: (1) your entry is your own original work; and (2) you own or have the rights to convey any and all right and title in any material submitted as part of your entry into the Contest. By entering, you grant to Sponsor a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future, and otherwise use your submission for any commercial or noncommercial purpose, along with your name and likeness, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional, or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice, or compensation (except where prohibited by law). By participating in the Contest, you agree to release Sponsor and its parent/sister companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, judges, directors, officers, members and agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with your participation in the contest or the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware, or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with the Contest, whether computer, network, technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human, or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes, any Contest-related materials, or that may limit prize fulfillment or a participant's ability to enter the Contest. Prize winners will provide information necessary to complete tax reporting of awarded prizes through the RootsTech Vendor form. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify from the Contest any person it believes has violated these official rules.

All work must be done offsite. No decorating tools, equipment, cake, icing, base, stand, or materials will be provided by the competition, aside from table space, including cloth. Cake must be already cooked, assembled, decorated, and ready for viewing when participants arrive. Minimal adjustments, repair, and additions of embellishments will be permitted within the allotted set-up window.

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