St. Anne College of Lucena is the 2017 Goldilocks Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge Overall Champion

St. Anne College of Lucena, as the Overall Champion of the 11th Goldilocks Intercollegiate Cake Decoration Challenge (ICDC), takes home for their school a baking showcase worth P250,000 and P20,000 worth of Goldilocks gift certificates for the team. St. Anne was also last year’s Overall Championship crown at the 10th (2016) ICDC. The school bagged two of the three categories at this year’s ICDC (Festival Cake Category and Travel Cake Category) to win the overall crown. Western Institute of Technology Iloilo, the 2015 ICDC champ, won the Wedding Cake category. The Goldilocks ICDC 2017 was held at the Trinoma Mall Center last 18 February 2017. This year’s theme twist involved Fusion: teams had to integrate fashion, sculpture, and painting into their cake creations while under time pressure.

The 11th Goldilocks Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge Overall Champion, St. Anne College of Lucena.

Creativity under pressure

Goldilocks, the country’s number of bakeshop, is again proud to host the 11th installment of this annual inter-school cake deco challenge. The ICDC is the only cake deco contest in the country where students from across the nation compete with their on-the-spot cake creations finished in 5 hours. Unlike the usual submit-display-and-judge format, the ICDC is fashioned after Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. ICDC features contestants sharing one stage and one central supply bin, each team trying to decorate their cakes under theme rules given a certain time frame. The format shows audiences the actual cake-deco process, encourages team work and creativity under pressure, and provides audiences with an urgency and excitement not seen in other cake deco contests.

The competing schools

Nearly 100 entries were pre-judged to sift out the top 10 qualifying teams for 2017. After deliberation, the 10 teams were the Technological University of the Philippines, Asia College-Quezon City, Pangasinan State University, Lyceum University-Laguan, St. Anne College of Lucena, Calayan Educational Foundation Inc., West Visayas State University, University of Cebu, Western Institute of Technology-Iloilo, and Gabriel Taborin College of Davao.

Western Institute of Technology Iloilo won in the Wedding Cake Category.

“We want to highlight the fact that the intricate and highly expressive art of cake decoration can also be a platform for one’s passion and individual expression, much like any other form of art,” said Goldilocks Marketing Director Cherry Caluya, on this year’s theme of Fusion. 

Some of the cakes on display at the ICDC event area at Trinoma.

As with previous ICDC events, audiences at the event venue (Trinoma) were treated to activities including a Cake Decorating Workshop, a DYC (Decorate Your Cake) area for children, Goldilocks Premium Decorated Cakes on Display, an Avoset Co-Presenter Booth, and a Wall Display of past ICDC entries.

Members of the Goldilocks ICDC organizing team on stage.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for