Great Cake Bake supports Spartanburg County’s Imagination Library

Published 2:49 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What’s a birthday without a cake? What’s a cake without decorations? Enter a cake into Spartanburg’s Great Cake Bake on April 30. Imagination Library, United Way of the Piedmont’s early childhood literacy program, is turning 10 this year, and to help celebrate a decade of supplying children with free books, United Way of the Piedmont is sponsoring a Great Cake Bake for all ages and expertise levels!

The theme of course will be “children’s books” and is open to everyone for entries. Public viewing of the entries will be Saturday, April 30, from noon – 4 p.m. at Denny’s Corporate Tower in downtown Spartanburg.

There are four levels of expertise for cake entries. Whether you are a child, beginner or a pro, there’s a division for you to showcase your skills. Cake divisions are as follows:

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• Minibaker – Entrant must be 8-years-old or younger. Entrant must ice and decorate their own entry.

• Junior Decorator – Entrant must be between 9 and 17 years old. Entrant must bake, ice and decorate their own entry.

• Beginner – Entrant has less than three years experience. Entrant decorates mainly as a hobby, or sells less than 12 cakes per year.

• Advanced – Entrant has more than three years of experience. Entrant is not licensed or working as a decorator and sells less than 36 cakes per year. Does not meet the qualifications of the professional category.

• Professional – May include licensed individuals, instructors, shop owners, a person employed as a decorator, an operator of a home business selling more than 36 cakes per year, or any individual where more than 50 percent of their cakes are sold.

General admission includes your own personally decorated cupcake to take home. For a competition registration form and to view the contest rules, visit

Imagination Library mails one free, age-appropriate book each month to any registered child from birth to age five in Spartanburg and Union Counties. Currently, almost 710,000 books have been sent to 25,356 children since it’s inception in 2001.

For more information on Imagination Library, visit