ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Baking Competition Debut

Updated on October 9, 2012
SamboRambo profile image

Sam has been a foreign war soldier, a writer of books and articles, an illustrator and a graphic artist. He also reads and plays the piano.

I hadn't expanded my horizons yet

When I was a kid, about the only thing I ever did was draw pictures, until I got fairly good at it. At the age of 10 or 11, I was informed by a well-meaning member of my church that I was a creative person, or something to that effect. Maybe they suspected I was a good cook, too. At any rate, they thought that the artist in me would qualify me as a competent cake-baking contestant. They told me when the competition was, and strongly urged me to enter it. Notice that they said "cake-baking." They didn't say cake-decorating. So I walked away with "cake-baking" on the brain.

In those days, I seemed to place great importance or credibility in what people said about me (good or bad; my self-esteem was low). I therefore believed that I could bake a great cake, and accepted the challenge. I asked my mother for a recipe or box of cake makings. She was very cooperative, and before long, I was mixing the cake with the help of Betty Crocker.

Let me pause to tell you that we were a poor family, and I was the sixth of about nine children. My awareness of the world was quite limited, and I had no idea what protocol was in any area, or how others lived. In addition, we hardly ever had anything new. So I baked the cake in "the" cake pan. That's the way it was always done, right? That's how my mom did it!

After the cake was done cooking, and after it cooled, I immediately proceeded to put the frosting on it. With artful and pretty swirls, I slapped it on. There. It was done.

Another pause: Before I go on, I should probably make it clear and reiterate that at this point, I never remember going to or seeing a cake-baking contest before, and that no further information was giving me over this particular contest.

After I frosted the cake, I cleaned up and made ready to leave for the church house. Someone graciously agreed to take me over there, as I carried the flat cake in "the" cake pan -- the battered, blackened, well-used cake pan.

When I walked into the exhibition hall, I saw . . . . a miniature Disneyland over in the corner, where the other cakes were waiting to be judged. Cakes were sculptured, some with towers, others with bridges which spanned the various components. Beautiful colors of coconut, flowers, sprinkles, and sundry decorations covered the cakes. No cake was in a pan, and beautiful curtains or drapery made of frosting covered the sides, tied together with frosting sashes or other clever devices. You could almost hear the music: "When you wish upon a star . . . "

I looked at my own cake, and heard nothing. It stared blankly back at me.

There's something to be said about hope in a child. Maybe I thought I would get some kind of honorable mention for the attempt, or something for simplicity. But in short, I proceeded. I don't remember why I did, but I proceeded.

I think everyone ate something first, but I'm not sure. I believe there were too many other things on my mind to try to remember what was going on then. But when it came time to judge the cakes, I sat expectantly as the judges marked their papers for "design" or "creativity." I think I blocked out their reaction when they came to my cake, because I don't remember it.

Soon, a decision was made, and next came the tasting part of the contest. I grinned slightly, and thought, "Ah! maybe something will happen here; taste buds don't care about looks."

When they finally came to my cake, and cut it open . . . . . . to taste it, I could see that it was . . . . . . still raw in the middle.

This was my first and last baking competition, and I don't believe I ever attempted another cake. To this day, cookies are my favorite.

Professional Cakes:


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)