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National Library Week Celebration 2018: Literary Cake Contest


First Place: 

Admission to the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo


Class with a leading industry professional at the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo

Second Place: 

Admission to the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo

Third Place: 

A cookbook carefully selected by Chef Kochi

Contest Rules

Contest Guidelines

  1. Entries must be a physical cake. Interior should be styrofoam, decorations should be made using fondant, gumpaste, marzipan, royal icing or any other decorative medium which will display the interpretation of the book.
  2. In addition to a decorated entry, students must provide 1/4 sheet cake cut into bite sized pieces on the contest day. The cake should have a filling and flavors should correspond with book theme. Use of fondant and decor on the sheet cake is optional. 
  3. The contest is open to any JWU student.
  4. Teams may be one or two students.
  5. At least one student must be present during judges' tasting so that they can explain their flavor selection.

Key Dates:

  1. Entries may be submitted Thursday, March 8, 1pm through 10 pm.
  2. Place styrofoam order with Chef Kochi on Monday, March 12.
  3. Place food requisition order with Chef Kochi on Monday, March 19.
  4. Cakes must be set up in the Library by 9:30 pm, Monday, April 9, to be entered in the contest.
  5. From 8 am - 9 am on Tuesday, April 10, students can make any last minute adjustments to their cakes. After that time, any adjustments made will result in loss of points. 

Judging Criteria:

  • Overall appearance (Cleanliness of finished work and wow factor)
  • Portrayal of the book's title
  • Flavor
  • Lab Cleanup

Literary cakes can:

  • Look like a book in form and shape
  • Be inspired by a book or author
  • Be a pun of a book title
  • Refer to a book character or genre
  • Reproduce a book cover

Most importantly, your cake should have something to do with a book!


AUI Fine Foods

Our thanks to AUI for supplying the fondant for this year's Literary Cake Contest!

Our thanks to SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo for donating prizes for this year's Literary Cake Contest!

Timeline of Events

Wednesday, March 7 

Information Session with Chef Angnardo and Chef Kochi

(1:00 pm in Pastry Lab)

Thursday, March 8

Sign up for contest

(Via the library's website beginning at 1:00 pm)

Monday, April 9 

Cake submission deadline

(Due in the library by 9:30 pm)

Tuesday, April 10

   10:30 am - Tasting cakes due in the


   11:00 am - Judging of cakes

   12:00 pm - Public viewing begins

   1:00 pm- Awards Ceremony

Lab Hours

Need a place to work on your masterpiece?

Lab hours and location for Segment 2:

7 am to 7:30 pm in HK4

Lab hours and location for Segment 3:

7 am to 7:30 pm in HK9

Contact Chef Kochi or Chef Angnardo for more information: