2010 Cake Show: Adult Advanced, part one

Adult Advanced Division: More refined skills. 4 to 6 years cake decorating experience; 60 to 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

(There weren’t as many entries in the advanced level.)

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Single Tier category:
    Any non-tiered cake with a theme such as a Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. including one tier wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    Cherubs by Angela Palesano
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Cherubs by Angela Palesano
    Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice

    Royal Crown of Bavaria by Sherry Brown
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Royal Crown of Bavaria by Sherry Brown

    The Hunt by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    The Hunt by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard

  • Sculpted Cakes Category
    2-D or 3-D cakes and sculptures. Entries must be real cake. Minimal use of Styrofoam allowed to complete entry. Any sugar mediums may be used. Must submit 3 in-progress pictures.

    Grandpa's Study by Joy Longberg
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Grandpa’s Study by Joy Longberg

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered category
    These are cakes with two or more tiers (stacked or tiered). Novelty/ special occasion cakes do not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    N05
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Find the Cure by Joshua Taylor

    Serenity Fountain by Sherry Brown
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Serenity Fountain by Sherry Brown

    Every Dog Has Its Day by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Every Dog Has Its Day by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard

  • Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.

     by Sandra Ojong
    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    by Sandra Ojong

    Grayce by Ashley Atkinson
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Grayce by Ashley Atkinson

    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey
    This was my favorite wedding cake of this show.

    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey - flower
    The flowers were gorgeous.

    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey - strings
    And look at the delicate (and evenly spaced) stringwork and bridge extension work. It just amazes me every time I look at it.

  • Buttercream Only Cakes
    Any non-tiered cake with any theme decorated using only buttercream icing. No fondant, non-edible decorations or other sugar mediums will be allowed.

    A Starry Night by Tabitha Ballard
    A Starry Night by Tabitha Ballard
    Business Name: Cakes by Design

    Simple Elegance by Don Beard
    Third Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Simple Elegance by Don Beard
    (I seem to remember the roses as being purple, and I know my camera likes to show purple as blue, so I’m really not sure which one they are supposed to be)

    Love in Bloom by Don Beard
    Second Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Love in Bloom by Don Beard

    Bikini Bottom Bingo by Theresa Pipes
    First Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Bikini Bottom Bingo by Theresa Pipes

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate, part three

    Adult Intermediate Division: Developing skills. 2 to 4 years cake decorating experience; 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

  • Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    These are cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.

    With the exception of one entry, the Confections category was filled with cookies – even the egg entries were cookies. Since this is the first time I had ever entered a decorated item to That Takes the Cake (last year was the tasting competion), I’m going to post ALL the entries for this style. Sadly, I didn’t get the names of all the participants and pieces.

    High School Science Project
    High School Science Project (fondant on cookies)

    Oval Eggsellence
    Oval Eggsellence by Tracy Dahir
    (yes, it’s a cookie covered in fondant, and her husband made the nifty display for this and her other two entries)

    Cake Shop
    Cake Shop (another cool display – fondant on cookies)

    Swans
    Swans (fondant on cookies)

    Snowflakes
    Snowflakes by Tracy Dahir (fondant on cookies)

    Butterflys
    More butterflies (colorflow on cookies)

    Sushi
    Candy sushi

    Rocket Girl
    Third Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Rocket Girl by snarkygurl… that’s me! (colorflow on cookies)

    Oval Eggsellence - The Sequel
    Second Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Oval Eggsellence – The Sequel by by Tracy Dahir (fondant on cookie)

    Spring Day
    First Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Spring Day by Christie Stephens (awesomeness on cookies) (it’s really colorflow on cookies, but it’s awesome colorflow…)

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate, part two

    Adult Intermediate Division: Developing skills. Two to four years cake decorating experience; 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

    (There were too many entries to show to show all of them, so the photos below are the ones I either liked, found interesting for some reason or another, or they placed in their category.)

  • Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.

    Victorian Wedgwood Wedding by Rosemary Galpin
    Victorian Wedgwood Wedding by Rosemary Galpin

    Tulip Suprise by Julie Reid
    Tulip Suprise by Julie Reid
    (why do people keep leaving out the first “r” in this word?)

    Bright Red Beginning by Nancy Castillo
    Bright Red Beginning by Nancy Castillo

    Winter Wedding by Kristi Bomar
    Winter Wedding by Kristi Bomar

    Winter Wedding by Kristi Bomar - groom
    Note on the entry form: Damaged in transit. The groom was a no-show, he left the bride at the alter!

    Simply Orchids by Julie Reis
    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Simply Orchids by Julie Reis

    Quilled Elegance by Caren Rumsey
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Quilled Elegance by Caren Rumsey

    (no name) by Rachel Larson
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    (no name) by Rachel Larson
    Business Name: Quack’s

  • Buttercream Only Cakes
    Any non-tiered cake with any theme decorated using only buttercream icing. No fondant, non-edible decorations or other sugar mediums will be allowed.

    Floral Essence by LaTasha Perry
    Second Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Floral Essence by LaTasha Perry

    Love by Doralou Brown
    First Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Love by Doralou Brown

  • Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    These are entries made of fondant, gumpaste, sugar molding, color flow, royal icing, etc. Displayed as an individual technique and NOT as a decoration on a cake. A combination of techniques and mediums may be used, but it must be presented alone and not as part of a cake. Once again, no cake.

    Date Night by Bobbie Byrd
    Date Night by Bobbie Byrd

    Sarah - A Victorian Bride by Rosemary Galpin
    Third Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Sarah – A Victorian Bride by Rosemary Galpin
    Business Name: Memory Makers Cakes

    Southern Splendor by Rosemary Galpin
    Second Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Southern Splendor by Rosemary Galpin
    Business Name: Memory Makers Cakes

    The Proposal by Tracye Boyd
    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    The Proposal by Tracye Boyd

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate, part one

    Adult Intermediate Division: Developing skills. 2 to 4 years cake decorating experience; 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

    (There were too many entries to show to show all of them, so the photos below are the ones I either liked, found interesting for some reason or another, or they placed in their category.)

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Single Tier category:
    Any non-tiered cake with a theme such as a Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. including one tier wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    Box of Roses by Anne Lewis
    Box of Roses by Anne Lewis
    (I’m a sucker for gumpaste flowers, probably because I can’t make them.)

    Monopoly by LaTasha Perry
    Monopoly by LaTasha Perry

    Flourish by Bobbie Byrd
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Flourish by Bobbie Byrd

    Bedtime by Kelley Masters
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Bedtime by Kelley Masters

    Farm Friends by Rocio Gonzalez
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Farm Friends by Rocio Gonzalez
    (is it bad that I keep going all girly over these little animals?)

  • Sculpted Cakes Category
    2-D or 3-D cakes and sculptures. Entries must be real cake. Minimal use of Styrofoam allowed to complete entry. Any sugar mediums may be used. Must submit 3 in-progress pictures.

    Ina's French Kitchen by Jolie Ortiz
    Ina’s French Kitchen by Jolie Ortiz

    Hulk by Nathen Verastegui(?)
    Hulk by Nathen Verastegui(?)

    Wedding Day by Barbie Wiley
    Wedding Day by Barbie Wiley
    Business Name: Be My Cupcake

    Bivalve Built for a Few by Wendy Westfaul(?)
    Bivalve Built for a Few by Wendy Westfaul(?)
    (another name I can’t quite read)

    Alien by Rocio Gonzalez
    Third Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Alien by Rocio Gonzalez

    Dadgum by Toni Bruner
    Second Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Dadgum by Toni Bruner

    Dragon Dance by Nancy Castillo
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Dragon Dance by Nancy Castillo

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered category
    These are cakes with two or more tiers (stacked or tiered). Novelty/ special occasion cakes do not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    SUPRISE!  Happy Birthday by Doralou Brown
    SUPRISE! Happy Birthday by Doralou Brown
    (I spelled it the same way as it was on the form because I never know if it was done on purpose or not.)

    Flowers Abound! by Carley King
    Flowers Abound! by Carley King
    (really like the colors in this one)

    Pretty Paisley by Judy Ramsey
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Pretty Paisley by Judy Ramsey

    Masquerade Ball by Stacie Bodenmiller
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Masquerade Ball by Stacie Bodenmiller

    Little Baby Girl by Rocio Gonzalez
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Little Baby Girl by Rocio Gonzalez
    (the little girl on top reminds me of the daughter in the webcomic Mangled Stare)

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Beginner, part two

    Adult Beginner Division:

    Basic skills. Two years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less than 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

    (There were too many entries to show to show all of them, so the photos below are the ones I either liked, found interesting for some reason or another, or they placed in their category.)

    Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered category
    These are cakes with two or more tiers (stacked or tiered). Novelty/ special occasion cakes do not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    Chutes and Ladders - "Revisiting Childhood" by M. Cassandra Fairbanks
    Chutes and Ladders – “Revisiting Childhood” by M. Cassandra Fairbanks

    Games are another trend you’ll see during this year’s show.

    Cute as a Button by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
    Cute as a Button by Darlene “Casey” Rogers

    South Park: Bigger, Taller & Uncut by Dorothy Trainer
    South Park: Bigger, Taller & Uncut by Dorothy Trainer

    ET Dream by Liz Selman
    ET Dream by Liz Selman

    Sushi! Sushi! by Debbie Byers
    Sushi! Sushi! by Debbie Byers

    Stenciled Present by Chantelle Abruzzo
    Stenciled Present by Chantelle Abruzzo

    Wine Country by Chree Carr
    Wine Country by Chree Carr

    Dragon's Castle by Brenda Hamill
    Dragon’s Castle by Brenda Hamill

    Candyland by Holly Smith
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Candyland by Holly Smith

    Super Mario Birthday Bash by Mendy Lindsay
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Super Mario Birthday Bash by Mendy Lindsay

    Hat Boxes by Megan Thomas
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Hat Boxes by Megan Thomas
    Business: Meg’s Cake Shop

    Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.

    Starlight Night by Drew Padelecki
    Starlight Night by Drew Padelecki
    Business Name: AGS Cake Supply

    Jane Austen Book Wedding by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
    Jane Austen Book Wedding by Darlene “Casey” Rogers
    (normally I don’t care for the Regency look, but I’m all over this cake and I don’t even know why)

    A Floral Fantasy by Tara Harlow
    A Floral Fantasy by Tara Harlow
    (Pink. Very pink. I wonder what the isomalt gazing ball would look like with LEDs inside it for an evening wedding)

    A15A Japanese Wedding by Claire Miller
    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    A Japanese Wedding by Claire Miller

    Moroccan Wedding Fantasy by Cassi Miles
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Moroccan Wedding Fantasy by Cassi Miles

    Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales
    Business Name: Sweethearts House of Cakes

    Now you may be thinking that this cake is covered in large, clumsy flowers and doesn’t deserve first place, but if you look closer…

    Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales - closeup

    …you’ll see that all the decorations are supposed to look like embroidery.  The cake really does look better than my photos make it out to be.

    Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    These are entries made of fondant, gumpaste, sugar molding, color flow, royal icing, etc. Displayed as an individual technique and NOT as a decoration on a cake. A combination of techniques and mediums may be used, but it must be presented alone and not as part of a cake. Once again, no cake.

    Strawberry Shortcake by Tomas Rosales
    Third Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Strawberry Shortcake by Tomas Rosales
    Business Name: Sweethearts House of Cakes

    Ramen by Chris Suson Wingler
    Second Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Ramen by Chris Suson Wingler

    …drum roll, please….

    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake…

    …and First Place for the Adult Beginner Division…

    …and Best of Divisions (or best of show)…

    Wait for it…

     Space Wonders by Janet Barron
    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Space Wonders by Janet Barron

    Next to Kimberly Chapman’s cake (you’ll still have to wait for those photos), Janet’s sugar piece was the most unexpected and incredible entry this year.

     Space Wonders by Janet Barron - ship

    I love the floating astronaut.

     Space Wonders by Janet Barron - prize
    All her awards. What you don’t see are all the chef judges who wanted to talk to her after the show.