By CANELA WOOD
Kim Deskin, head cake decorator at Rosauers supermarket, will head to Las Vegas in June as one of three finalists in the International Dairy Deli Bakers Association’s (IDDBA) cake decorating competition.
Deskin was chosen from approximately 150 applicants who submitted a portfolio showcasing a number of decorated cakes. She will be flown to Las Vegas with an all-expense paid trip to compete in the three day competition at the industry supermarket level.
“I was absolutely shocked when I was chosen as one of the finalists,” Deskin said. “I just hope that I can represent the store well,” she added.
The competition will take place at an industry-only seminar featuring over 500 booths and thousands of people, the biggest retail industry seminar in the country.
“It has been years since I attended a seminar but it was nothing of this magnitude,” Deskin said.
The first day, contestants will decorate a three-tier wedding cake, day two is to fill an eight-foot case, followed by the third day with three specialty cakes. Deskin will have approximately 4½ hours to complete each day’s portion of the competition, which she admits may be a challenge when it comes to filling an eight-foot case. The judges will not be affiliated with any supermarket, as to limit biases to any competitor.
“I am going to gain new ideas and experience from this, I will get to see all the new products and find out where the retail market is headed,” Deskin said.
She began working in the Rosauers bakery in 1974, mainly baking items, rather then decorating. When she was rehired in 1990 she began filling in as a cake decorator, splitting her time between decorating and baking. Currently she works full time as a decorator. Deskin said that some people take classes to learn cake decorating skills, but most of her knowledge came from observation.
She said, “I really enjoy doing the wedding cakes, free hand drawings, and the more detailed work where I have to envision the customer’s desire (for their cake design).”
The final competition, set for June 1-3, will include three different types of decoration. She will be given a certain number of supplies. “I have an idea of what I am going to do, I currently have a tentative schematic idea,” said Deskin.