Students spend about 18 hours of class time on their three-tiered cakes. Each is covered with fondant, donated by the competition's sponsor, CalJava International. The cakes are evaluated by industry professionals using a number of international cake-competition criteria.
The cakes will be displayed for the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center at Penn College. A ceremony to announce the winners is scheduled at 1 p.m.
Visitors may donate cash to cast votes for the People's Choice Award winner. The money will be given to the Williamsport YWCA's Liberty House, which provides rooms for homeless women (and women with children) and programs to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.
The annual cake competition was conceived by CalJava International founder and owner Daniel Budiman after he visited the campus.
Nine students enrolled in an advanced cake-decorating course taught by Suzann L. Major, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, will compete for prizes sponsored by CalJava.
Participating students are: Amanda J. Bickel, of Northumberland; Tanna M. Brewer, of Linden; Debra J. Campbell, of Mainesburg; Ching Chan, of Milton; Katelyn A. Dellinger, of Red Lion; Hillary L. Dyson, of Great Mills, Md.; Jessica M. Keyser, of Macungie; Danica C. Mazzotta, of Tyrone; and Adam J. Snyder, of New Providence.
Following the competition at Penn College, the cakes will be entered in the Pennsylvania ICES 33rd Annual State Cake Show. The show runs April 13-14 at the Nittany Mall in State College.