Category Archives: Competitions

2012 That Takes the Cake!

With work being so busy (I got the promotion–woo hoo!), and trying to deal with a new health issues (side effect of it taking almost a year to sort out the kidney stone problem), I decided to take it easy and only enter the Buttercream category this year. I thought it would be less stressful since it wouldn’t require much effort on my part to win.

No, I’m not boasting…much. But the two entries from the past few years have been mediocre and not much of a challenge. Of course, that’s when it got a bit more complicated.

As I was getting out of my car to go register for the competition, there was a sudden flash of an idea. I knew that somehow, that mango candy recipe from December would make a great cookie! So I went ahead and signed up for the tasting competition in the Cookie category, along with the Buttercream Only category for the decorating side.

Figuring out how to turn the candy recipe into a cookie recipe took a lot more time than I expected, along with lots and lots of baking. Since Steve and I are trying to make healthy food choices, all my extras went to work where I received some excellent feedback. The resulting cookie is rather rich, but good enough to keep around even if I lose. Since all levels are lumped together in the tasting divisions, I’ll be competing with professional bakers, which is why I won’t be too devastated if I don’t place (I’ll post the recipe after all the obligatory photos from the show are finally up).

As for the buttercream entry, instead of doing the sort of novelty cake that I specialize in, I wanted to do a Lambeth style design instead. Something I’ve never tried. I’m not sure why I was so hung up on it since my piping skills are rather weak, but since I wasn’t too worried about the competition for that category, I figured it would increase the challenge a bit.

It’s lovely how karma sneaks up you when you least expect it. My cake didn’t turn out that great. My piping is still too wobbly, I haven’t had any training on this style of decorating, and I was trying to figure out how to do the different designs based on the finished product rather than building it up correctly since all I had to work with were images of completed cakes. Then when I woke up this morning, part of the top border had fallen.

I fixed the border, drove like a little old lady trying to get it to the show in one piece where it fell apart again while trying to wheel it from my car to the convention center. I fixed it one last time (thankfully I brought all my stuff with me), and located my competitors.

That’s when karma decided to stop trying to get my attention and just started to hit me with a really big stick…

…the entries I expected were not there. But the winner from the beginner’s division last year decided that she needed more of a challenge and moved up to intermediate. She’s good. She’s very, very good. And she’s much better than I am…so much for an easy medal.

You win this time karma.

2011 Cake Show: Adult Masters Division

Adult Masters

Expert in sugar art. Is known to have mastered specific mediums and techniques. May be an author, instructor, or work in the sugar art business. Has more than 120 hours of 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 also fewer entries.***

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.
 
 
Little Flower Fairy

1st Place
Title: Little Flower Fairy
by Dawn Parrott
Business Name: Show Cakes Houston/Culinary Institute Le Wotre(?)
 

Little Flower Fairy - close up
 
 
Zari Embroidery

2nd Place
Title: Zari Embroidery
by Ruth Rickey
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery, Oklahoma City
Zari is an Indian style of embroidery that uses metallic thread called kasab or kalabattu. (I didn’t know any of this until I looked it up.)
 
 
There were only two entries in this category.
 
 

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.
 
 
Pegasus

1st Place
Title: Pegasus
by Janette Pfertner
Business Name: Miss Janette’s Cakes
 
Pegasus 2

There was only one entry, but it was pretty awesome.
 
 

There were no Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes, no Buttercream Only Cakes, and no Confection Not-on-a-cake entries.
 
 

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.)
 
 
Western Wedding

2nd Place
Title: Western Wedding
by Ruth Rickey
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery, Oklahoma City
 
 
International Elegance

3rd Place
Title: International Elegance
by Martha Herbert
Business Name: Sweet Southern Ladies
 
 

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.
 
 
(No photos of first place for this category, and there were only two entries.)
 
 
Fantasia

2nd Place
Title: Fantasia
by Peggy Tucker
Business Name: School of Cakeology LLC
 

FINALLY DONE!!!! I’m going to bed.

2011 Cake Show: Adult Professional Division, part two

Adult Professional

High level of skill. More than 6 years decorating experience. More than 90 hours of hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. May be decorating for profit or working as a decorator. 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.***

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

1st Place
Title: Victorian Elegance
by Kim Trahan
Business Name: Sweet Sensations by Kim
 
Victorian Elegance - close up
 
 
(No photos of second place for this category.)
 
 
Vintage Charm

3rd Place
Title: Vintage Charm
by Laura Summersett
Business Name: Custom Cakes by Laura
 
 

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.
 
 
Faces of Carnival

I’m beginning to recognize Lisette’s work when she’s experimenting with polymer techniques with fondant.

1st Place
Title: Faces of Carnaval
by Lisette D. Vergara
Inspired by Alice Stroppel’s polymer clay art. The faces are the composite of smaller canes forming the eyes, eyebrows, mouth, etc. Thin slices are then cut reveling the face design. The hair styles as well as the gowns all display different techniques to roll fondant in canes.
 
 
Thomas the Tank Engine

2nd Place
Title: Thomas the Tank Engine
by Jennifer McClintick
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 

Hero's in a Half Shell

Title: Hero’s in a Half Shell
by Leslie Martinez
Business Name: Cakes by Leslie
 
 

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

1st Place
Title: The Ugly Bug Ball
by Shabina Chaudhry
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice, Oklahoma City
 
 
Garfield Comic Strip

2nd Place
Title: Garfield Comic Strip
Jim Davis Replica of Garfield Comic Strip
by Leslie Martinez
Business Name: Cakes by Leslie
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)

That’s it for the Professional Division, now on the the Masters.

2011 Cake Show: Adult Professional Division, part one

Adult Professional

High level of skill. More than 6 years decorating experience. More than 90 hours of hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. May be decorating for profit or working as a decorator. 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.***

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.
 
(No photos of first place for this category.)

 
Floral Birthday

2nd Place
Title: Floral Birthday
by Carol Philips
 
I wish I could make a cake that looks this clean and precise. I mean take a closer look. It’s flawless.

Floral Birthday - extensions
 
 
Surf Shack

3rd Place
Title: Surf Shack
by Sylvia Wilson
 
 
Spring is Here

Title: Spring is here
by Mandy Popejoy
Business Name: Sweet Insanity
 
Spring is Here - closeup of rings

This is a Lambeth style cake with lots of rings and extensions/stringwork. I took the picture because it reminded me of the inside of the people mover in front of Bally’s in Las Vegas.
 
 

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.
 
 
Hawaiian Lava Dragon

1st Place
Title: Hawaiian Lava Dragon
Dragon climbing lava rock mountain of Kauai
by Sylvia Wilson
 
3-Hawaiian Lava Dragon - closeup

Normally I don’t like my dragons to be adorable, but he’s SO CUTE!!!
 
 
The Thing

2nd Place
Title: The Thing
The Thing – Superhero from the Fantastic Four Cake
by Earl Vallery
 
The Thing - close

I was fascinated by this cake. It looked like a squat, orange demonic frog was rising from the smashed pavement.
 
 
Carousel

3rd Place
Title: Carousel
A whimsical cake suspended above the board.
Made in honor of the Cake Carousle for all their support since I started taking classes there 1 1/2 years ago :)
by Joy Longberg

Am I the only person who thinks that this looks kinda like a snake/horse hybrid?
 
 

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.
 
 
Day of the Dead - with flash

1st Place
Title: Day of the Dead
by Ashlee Trotter
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice, Oklahoma City

Beautifully done cake. Even my Mom, who dislikes Day of the Dead themes or even skulls, thought this was a striking cake. Too bad I wasn’t able to get a very good photo of it. The flash reflected off the blank fondant too much and made the red rather garish, and not using a flash washed out all the color.
 

(No photos of second place for this category.)
 
 
Swan Lake

3rd Place
Title: Swan Lake
by Joy Longberg
 
While this cake is busy and way too much like something my Grandmother would have enjoyed – there was something about it that I liked. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s there.

Swan Lake - close up
 
 

8-Flowers

Title: Flowers
by Marcy Rongel
Business Name: Baby Cakes by Marcy
Another one I liked, though I can’t tell you why….
 
 
The back of Octopus with Ketel One

Title: The cake that has an incredible hand-painted mural and one small octopus that caused me to become good friends with Ketel One, the vodka and not the company

That really is the title. The description says “see entry title”.

Oh, and it gets better. Here’s the explanation for the techniques used:
“Hand pointed cocoa butter mural, hand molded modeling chocolate octopus, and a 3 colored buttercream starrry night that came about one night that I was so drunk that I started eating the dragees.”
 
Octopus with Ketel One

by Stephanie Funky George
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery

Now I really want to meet the people who work at Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery.
 

The Adult Professional wedding cakes, buttercream only, special technique, and confection are coming up next.
 

Oops, missed a cake from the Adult Advanced Division

This one didn’t place in the Wedding cake category, but I got photos because I enjoyed the flowers.
 
Romantic Flower Garden
 
I REALLY enjoyed the flowers….
 
Romantic Flower Garden - closeup

Title: Romantic Flower Garden
by Laura-Kate Amerehein
(I hope I got the name correct, but the entry form wasn’t very clear)

I’m working on the photos from the Adult Professional division now. Hopefully they’ll be up Monday night after I finish the rest of the yard work. Actually, I’d better have that and the Adult Masters division up because there’s hockey on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.