2011 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate Division, part three

Adult Intermediate

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

And finally it’s time for the one category that I actually entered this year (I was supposed to also enter the Buttercream Only category and the Tasting Division/Soda Category–my recipe for rootbeer cake turned out fabulous–but there just wasn’t enough time to finish either one).

Confections Not-On-A-Cake: Cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.
 
 
All the Confection Entries for Intermediate

This year, there were seven entries in the Confections Not-On-A-Cake category.
 
 
Butterfly Garden

Title: Butterfly Garden
by Leah Tackitt
 
 
Truth, Justice, and the Cupcake Way

Title: Truth, Justice, and the Cupcake Way
by Irma Arenivar
 
 
Spring has blommed

Title: Spring has blommed [sic]
by Irma Arenivar
 
 
Jungle Babies

Title: Jungle Babies
by Rachel O’Kon
 
 
day of the dead cookies

3rd Place
Title: Dia de los Muertos Cookies
by Kelly Guerra
Blog Name: Billa Cakes
Another Day of the Dead entry, and it’s one of the better ones too. She was the one I was worried about since everyone already knew who would place first.
 
 
The Crimson Chin Multi-verse

2nd Place
Title: The Crimson Chin Multi-verse
The comic book superhero from Nickelodeon’s Fairly Oddparents’ cartoon–voiced by Jay Leno.
“Let’s get mandibular!”
by Somara Maggi

That’s me! Last year they awarded third place to Maggie Somara, so this year I made sure to label which part of my name was the first name and which part was the last name on my entry form. It worked.

I had originally planned on doing a time-line of Wonder Woman’s design changes in cookie form until I watched a Fairly Oddparents’ episode that had quite a few different versions of the Crimson Chin (each one was a parody of standard comic book character designs throughout the decades). I couldn’t resist. Steve was worried that Crimson Chin cookies would be too obscure for the judges, but they really didn’t care. Besides, there were already way too many Wonder Woman entries at the show this year.
 
 
From a Fairys Perspective

1st Place
Title: From a Fairy’s Perspective
by Peggy Higgins

I will be perfectly honest here. My first thought about this entry was that this should have been in the Special Techniques category, because it looked like the only cookie used was the white and green base. So here was a gorgeous entry that was going to kick my entry’s ass and it shouldn’t even be competing against me to begin with. But you know what? I was so very, very wrong.
 
From a Fairy's Perspective - close

If you take a closer look, you’ll see that the leaves are cookies. So are the mushroom caps and stepping stones. I don’t know about the fairy house, but after all the rest, it really doesn’t matter.

So yeah, Peggy definitely deserved first place, and I didn’t mind losing to her at all.
 
 
Now for more photos of my work…
 
Outlines

Piped cookies, but not flooded yet.
 
Ready to travel

Crimson Chins packed up for transport.
 
Crimson Chin Cookie

Close up of the current version of Crimson Chin.
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate Division, part two

Adult Intermediate

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 so many entries in this division that I had to break it up into three posts so I can include all the cakes I liked. This is part two with Wedding, Buttercream Only, and Special Techniques.

***As with most of the divisions and categories, I didn’t photograph every entry. These are ones I liked or that caught my eye for some reason.***

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

1st Place
Title: Red Romance
by Rocio Gonzalez
 
 
East Meets West Wedding

2nd Place
Title: East Meets West Wedding
by Angela Chin Negron
This is one of my favorite wedding cakes this year.
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 
Windows of Love

Title: Windows of Love
by Yunita Mowry
 
 
Ivory Bliss

Title: Ivory Bliss
by Amanda M. Estrada
 
 

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.
 
 
Grandmothers Garden

1st Place
Title: Grandmother’s Garden
by Brianna DiLorenzo
 
 
Scooby-Doo

2nd Place
Title: Scooby-Doo
by Rachel O’Kon
 
 

Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake: Entries 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.
 
 
Tuskarr of Northrend

1st Place
Title: Tuskarr of Northrend
Walrus Humanoid with Spear (World of Warcraft)
by Chris Suson Wingler
While this is an amazing piece of work, I also have to admit I find humanoid walruses with codpieces funny. Thank you Chris, for giving me the opportunity to be able to say that.
 
Tuskarr of Northrend butt

Oh! And how about that walrus butt?
 

I somehow didn’t get photos of the second and third place winner for this category. (I thought I did. I must be losing it.)
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate Division, part one

Adult Intermediate

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 so many entries in this division that I’m breaking it up into three posts so I can include all the cakes I liked, plus talk about my own entry (who’s going to brag if I don’t?).

***As with most of the divisions and categories, I didn’t photograph every entry. These are ones I liked or that caught my eye for some reason.***

Special Occasion/Novelty One Tier: Any non-tiered cake with a theme such a Birthday, Holiday, Wedding, etc. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.
 
 
I didn’t get any photos of the first and second place winners. I’m actually kinda surprised by that since the first place winner had a tiny rose bouquet on top of the cake that was beautifully done, and I’m such a sucker for well-done roses.
 
 
Coraline

3rd Place
Title: Coraline
by Summer FraceĀ“
 
A mouse from Coraline

The thread texture is amazing, but Summer said it was a happy accident:

“I used a clay extruder and the fondant I used was something I’ve never used before. It was Chocopan and it was really dry and crumbly. I was initially going to cover the entire cake and then adhere the thread to that, but I couldn’t get it to cover. It was a nightmare and I was so upset. So I just put the thread directly on the buttercream and it was so dry and weird, it just came out like that. It looks really cool, but it was pure luck.”

 
 
Her Royal Highness

Title: Her Royal Highness
by Kelly Masters
Business Name: Cake Boss
 
 

Sculpted Cakes: Shaped or carved cakes, 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 with NO identification as to the entrant.
 
 
Soft Landings

1st Place
Title: Soft Landings
by Angie Swearengin
 
 
Sorting Hat

2nd Place
Hogwarts Sorting Hat
by Melinda Plunk
(Photo was submitted by the cake artist.)
 
 
Worst Cake Ever

3rd Place
Title: Worst Cake Ever
by Chris Suson Wingler
 
 
Super Hero Cupcake Truck

Title: Super Hero Cupcake Truck
by Irma Arenivar
I thought it was funny. And it even has Wi Fi!
 
 
Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers. Can be stacked or tiered. Novelty/ special occasion cakes does not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.
 
 

Superheroes

1st Place
Title: Superheroes
by Nancy Villarreal
 
 
15-Henna Peacock

2nd Place
Title: Henna Peacock
by Kelly Smith
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 
Super Heros United

Title: Super Hero’s United
by Rachel O’Kon
 
 
Irish Spring

Title: Irish Spring
by Casey Rogers
 
 
The Mad Hatters Hat

Title: The Mad Hatters Hat
by Peggy Higgins
 
 
Pink Ribbon Ladies

Title: Pink Ribbon Ladies
by Rocio Gonzalez
 
 
CAV Super Sweetheart

Title: CAV Super Sweetheart
“Prepared to defend the homefront, CAV Super Sweetheart tackels the world armed with her silver spurs & golden shield. Always loyal to her trooper, she protects his CAV stetson while counting down deployments.”
(Ft. Hood, TX is the 1st Cavalry Division’s base of operation.)
I don’t have the artist’s name, so if anyone knows, please leave me a comment.
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Beginner Division, part two

Adult Beginner

Basic skills. 2 years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less then 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

***As with most of the divisions and categories, I didn’t photograph every entry. These are ones I liked or that caught my eye for some reason.***

There were so many entries in this division that I had to break this in to two different posts so I could include all the cakes I liked. This is part two.

Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers. Can be stacked or tiered. Novelty/ special occasion cakes does not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.
 
 
Bird vs Pig
 
Bird vs Pig  - The little angry birds
 
Bird vs Pig - the BIG angry bird

1st Place
Title: Bird vs. Pig
by Laura Finlay
I would pay lots of money for this cake. Unfortunately, if I got it for one nephew, then all the others would want one too….
 
 
Artsy Fartsy Cake

2nd Place
Title: Artsy Fartsy Cake
Art themed cake inspired by Pollock, Picasso, Mondrian, Matisse, and Warhol
by Renee Main
Business Name: Dessert Gallery
 
 
Millys Sweet Creations

3rd Place
Title: Milly’s Sweet Creations
by Mildred Almon
Business Name: Milly’s Sweet Creations
 
 
Pink Girl's Birthday

(no title)
by Lisa Fitch
 
 
Clapping Monkey

Title: Clapping Monkey
by Suzi Carmona
This was a scary little cake. Although that may have something to do with the original clapping monkey doll creeping me out too. I’d have to stab this cake a few times through it’s cold little heart a few times before I could eat it.
 
 
Masquerade Birthday Celebration

Title: Masquerade Birthday Celebration!
by Madelline Garza
 
 
Cowboy Monkey

Title: Cowboy Monkey
by Angela Gerlich
Business Name: Sugar Sweet Creations
 
 
Tangled

Title: Tangled
by Shweta Gupta
 
 
The Amazon Princess

Title: The Amazon Princess
by Dorthy Trainer
This is probably the best of all the Wonder Woman cakes at the show.
 
 
Birds of Generosity

Title: Birds of Generosity
by Jenn Griffith
 
 
Pink Victorian Birthday

Title: Pink Victorian Birthday
(I didn’t get the name of who made this sweet little cake.)
 
 
Delft Dutch Cake

Title: Delft Dutch Cake
by Daphne Powers
 
 
My 30th Birthday Cake

Title: My 30th Birthday Cake
by Jennifer Whiteley (writing wasn’t clear, so not sure about the spelling of her last name)
 
 

Wedding Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.
 
 
(No photos of first place for this category.)
 
 
Burgundy Yellow Wedding Cake

2nd Place
Title: Burgundy/Yellow Wedding Tiered Cake
by Mildred Almon
Business Name: Milly’s Sweet Creations
 
 
Color Luminance

3rd Place
Title: Color Luminance
by M. Cassandra Fairbanks
Business Name: http://cakesbycassandra.weebly.com
And yes, there are LEDs running up the center of the cake.
 
 

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.
 
 
How does your Garden Grow

1st Place
Title: “How does your Garden Grow?”
by M. Cassandra Fairbanks
Business Name: http://cakesbycassandra.weebly.com
 
 
Peacock

2nd Place
Title: Peacocks
by Shweta Gupta
This is the first of many peacock cakes in the show.
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 

Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake: Entries 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.
 
 
I only got a photo of the second place winner for this category… plus one entry that didn’t place–but that I liked anyway.
 
Baby Dresses and Aprons

2nd Place
Title: Baby Dresses and Aprons
by Shweta Gupta
 
 
The Perfect Bridal Bouquet

Title: The Perfect Bridal Bouquet
by Jennifer Whiteley
 
 

Confections Not-On-A-Cake: Cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.
 
 

Cat and the Fiddle

1st Place
Title: Cat and the Fiddle
by Deborah Reaves
 
 
Cheries Spring Shoe Line

2nd Place
Title: Cherie’s Spring Shoe Line
by Heather Fox
 
 
No third place photos.

And that’s it for the Adult Beginner’s Division.
 
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Beginner Division, part one

Adult Beginner

Basic skills. 2 years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less then 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

There were so many entries in this division that I’ll need to break this in to several posts so I can include all the cakes I liked.

***As with most of the divisions and categories, I didn’t photograph every entry. These are ones I liked or that caught my eye for some reason.***

Special Occasion/Novelty One Tier: Any non-tiered cake with a theme such a Birthday, Holiday, Wedding, etc. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.
 
 
Skie

1st Place
Title: Skie
by James V. McLean
 
 
No photo of the second place winner.
 
 
Adult Arabesque Birthday

3rd Place
Title: Petite Arabesque Birthday
by Lisa Fitch
 
 
Floating Flowers

Title: Floating Flowers
by Chantelle Abruzzo
Mom said the flowers looked like they should start slowly bouncing up and down like barn spiders.
 
 
Fairy House

Title: Fairy House
by Denise Gall
 
 
Pink Roses

Title: Oval Cake with Roses
no name was available
Fabulous roses. Even the leaves are beautiful…
 
 
Sculpted Cakes: Shaped or carved cakes, 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 with NO identification as to the entrant.
 
 
Happy Tortuga

1st Place
Title: Happy Tortuga
by Diane Elizondo
 
Happy Tortuga Tongue

A happy tortuga tongue.
 
 
2nd Place
Title: Serenity
by Erin Larkin

Before I show you the photo of the 2nd place winner, I’d like to tell you the sad tale of a squished cake.

First, let me set the scene: Each table had a blue line of tape in front of it to keep everyone about two feet from the displays. Then ninja volunteers would then lie in wait and until they could sneak up on their victims shouting “everyone stay behind the blue line!” (Seriously, that’s exactly what they did.) But even that wasn’t enough to save these innocent cakes from their squooshed fate.

An unnamed woman, wanting to take photos of the Serenity cake, stepped over the blue line and loomed over the cake. Then, while she was concentrating on getting the perfect shot, her purse slipped and knocked over the pole with the division and category posted on it. It was dragged down with enough force to not only ruin two cakes, but to also splash green frosting on a curtain three feet away.

While the judges had made it over before the accident, neither I nor the show photographer got a photo of the pre-smooshed cake. Here’s what we have:
 
Serenity (after it was damaged)
 
Even worse, when one of the volunteers explained what happened to her cake, the cake artist burst into tears. It’s a horrible thing to have something you’ve worked on for so long be destroyed for such a stupid little reason.

If any has a photo of this cake prior to the accident, I would love to post it here.
 
 
The second cake wasn’t as badly damaged. I did get a pre-squishified photo of that one.
(I didn’t get any photos of the third place winner.)
 
Super Kiss in Stone - pre-squish

Title: Super Kiss in Stone
Batman and Catwoman immortalized
by Jennifer Phillips
 
 
Corky the Robot

Title: Corky the Robot (Pee-wee Herman’s robot)
by Robin Stevens
(I enjoyed meeting Robin during the last day of the show. I think that getting a chance to meet other people is one of my favorite things about Austin’s cake competition.)