Space by Spacewest 2010 Pan-Galactic Alien Film Festival

I apologize for the delay, things kept getting in the way but I really didn’t want to add anymore new posts until I finished my tribute to Kimberly’s award-winning cake.  So here it is in all its glory.

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As I stated previously, there’s so much to Kimberly’s cake that I’m going to have to break it down by layers and visit all the geeky little details. We’re starting at the bottom and working our way us, we we’ll start with the table decorations… also known as the parking lot.

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See the brickwork behind the shrink-ray valet? Kimberly made over 1500 of the little buggers for the bottom layer.

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Here are some of the shrunken ships in the parking lot. (And here is where I display my crappy photography skills. I don’t know what I did wrong, but this year’s photos aren’t as good as last year’s, even though I have a better camera. I’ll have to get my sister-in-law to give me a few quick lessons.)

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My first photo of this was taken at a different angle and when I reviewed it later that day, it looked like the little green guy was pissing on the wall. I don’t think that was quite the effect she was going for, so I made sure to get a shot where you could see the spray paint can.

Now to the Lobby Tier:

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First is Leeloo with her multipass.

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The little green toothy dudes from GalaxyQuest

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The Doctor’s TARDIS

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Mars Attacks! and Planet of the Apes, along with some more movie posters

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The Predator is giving the Alien (with the pink bow that you can’t see) flowers…. is this an homage to Alien and Predator, or to Robot Chicken?

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Check out the slime. It’s those little details that I love.

Now it’s time to visit the Concession Stand Tier:

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Another poor quality photo. Someone else did it better here.

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This entrance to Miliways had me squeeing with joy. That shows you how much of a geek I am.

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The chick from the mini-series V (I’m trying to forget the full television series).

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I love the single shoe next to Audrey 2’s pot.

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The concession stand with Popcorn, Reese’s Pieces, Spice, and a Slurm vending machine.

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I’d love one for my cube at work.

The third tier is the movie auditorium, showing Plan 9 from Outer Space, and once again, it’s a crappy photo.

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At this point, I’m going to stop trying to add a comment for every photo and just post.

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The alien egg was hidden at the back of the cake – I didn’t even notice it the first day of the show.

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This was probably my second favorite part of the cake: Futurama AND Buckaroo Banzai jokes in one shot. (The “Han shot first” graffito was my favorite.)

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The entire fourth tier, and hopefully final crap quality photo.

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One last shot of the entire cake.

It only took a month and a half to put Kimberly’s cake up on my site… but it was worth it.

2010 Cake Show: Showcake Competition

Special Showcake Competition

This was the second year that the Austin cake show offered a division for Showcakes. Last year there were a decent number of entries for this division, but this year there were even more. While the entries in the other categories don’t have to reflect the theme of the show – about a 7th of the decorator’s score in the Showcake Competition is based on how closely they follow that theme. This years’s theme was “2010 – A Cake Odyssey” (they announced early last year that this would cover both Science Fiction and Fantasy).

In addition to the general rules, the following rules apply specifically to entries in the Showcake Competition:

  • Decorations – Any sugar medium is allowed.
  • Construction – The entry can be made out of Styrofoam or any other cake substitute if the final design is one that could realistically be made out of real cake.. If the entry is a sculpted cake, it must be made of real cake with 3 in process pictures submitted along with the entry.
  • Size – The entry needs to meet minimum height and serving requirements. The minimum finished height is 24” and the entry must be of sufficient size that it would meet or exceed a minimum of 100 servings.
  • Display – Each entry will be displayed on an individual 48” round, standard (29” – 30”) height tables. The entrant will be responsible for dressing and decorating the table. The decoration of the table should compliment the decoration of the cake to complete the theme of the entry. Judges will consider all table decorations as a portion of overall eye appeal criteria. If table decorations are made of sugar media, they will be included in the number of techniques used, originality, creativity and difficulty judging criteria.
  • Judging – Judging for the Showcake entries will be based on a point system. 100 maximum points with points awarded based on the following criteria:

    Application of the theme (15 pts)
    Precision of techniques (15 pts)
    Originality and creativity (15 pts)
    Appropriate design – size, shape, colors, table decorations, etc. (15 pts)
    Difficulty of techniques (15 pts)
    Number of techniques used (15 pts)
    Overall eye appeal – judge’s discretion (10 pts)

    Judging will be conducted by a team of qualified judges (this year it included a judge from Sony Pictures).

    I tried to post photos of all the cakes, but I may have missed a few. Other than for the 5th to First Place winners, I didn’t get all of the names of the cake decorators because these cakes were roped off and many of the entry forms were out of reach.

    Alice in Wonderland
    Alice in Wonderland

    R2-D2
    R2-D2

    Pixie Hollow
    “Pixie Hollow”

    Dream Scape
    “Dream Scape”
    (There were two cakes by this title, so I just referred to this one as “the claw”)

    Gandalf?
    (Gandalf? Merlin? Cranky old man with a sword?)

    E.T. Phone Home
    “E.T. Phone Home”

    Baby Na'vi
    “Baby Na’vi”
    (what you can’t tell from the photo is that both the eyes and the tip of the hair/biological USB connector glowed)

    Dalaran: City of Mages Cake
    “Dalaran: City of Mages Cake”
    (I have better quality photos of this cake, but they were all taken after it began to split apart. My WoW obsessed co-worker loved this one)

    In To the Future
    “In To the Future”
    (this was the only moving cake at the show. The top half of the cake revolves)

    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    (poor Jack Skellington collapsed and had to be removed the next day)

    Robots
    Robots

    Science Fiction Titles
    Science Fiction

    Dream Scape by Joy Longberg
    “Dream Scape” by Joy Longberg

    Alien Flowers
    (Exotic plants? The center support was lit.)

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    (I liked this one a lot – but think it would have fared better in the novelty tiered cake division)

    Chronicles of Narnia by Claudia Estela Rosales
    Fifth Place
    Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Claudia Estela Rosales

    The Decorator of the Future by Sylvia Wilson
    Fourth Place
    The Decorator of the Future by Sylvia Wilson
    (I think that was the title)

    Avatar by Lisette Vergara
    Third Place
    Avatar by Lisette Vergara
    Business Name: Austin Sweet Treats
    (she was last year’s first place winner for this category)

    Golum by Brian Stevens
    Second Place
    Golum by Brian Stevens
    Business Name: Crazy Cakes Inc.

    Space by Spacewest by Kimberly Chapman
    First Place
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    by Kimberly Chapman
    (No business name because she’s not a professional. She’s simply a highly talented decorator who enjoys designing cakes for her family)

    This cake was designed to be viewed from all sides, so giving you one good photo is almost impossible. Up next will be a post with pictures of all the details of Kimberly’s cake.

    2010 Cake Show: Masters Division

    Masters Division: 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

    (There weren’t very many entries in the Master’s Division.)

  • 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 (only one entry)

    Flower Shoe by Ruth Rickey

    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Flower Shoe by Ruth Rickey
    Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery, OKC, OK

  • 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 (one entry).

    Little Yellow Jacket by Janette Pfertner

    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Little Yellow Jacket by Janette Pfertner
    Business Name: Miss Janette’s Cakes

  • 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 (two entries).

    Heavy Metal by Janet Rosebeary

    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Heavy Metal by Janet Rosebeary
    Business Name: Rosebeary’s Designs in Baking

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    So cuuuuuuuute!

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    and such a tiny robot butt…

    Private Island by Michele Foster

    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Private Island by Michele Foster
    Business Name: The Sugar Fix

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

    Pink Lady by Michele Foster

    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Pink Lady by Michele Foster
    Business Name: The Sugar Fix

    Mosaic by Ruth Rickey

    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Mosaic by Ruth Rickey
    Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery, OKC, OK

    Wedding Outside by Janet Rosebeary

    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Wedding Outside by Janet Rosebeary
    Business Name: Rosebeary’s Designs in Baking

    And a sneak peek at one of the cakes in the Showpiece Division.  A very small sneak peek.
    Sneak Peek

  • 2010 Cake Show: Professional

    Professional Division: 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.

    (There were too many entries to show to show all of them for these two categories, 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 (only three entries).By Marcella Rengel
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    (didn’t get the title) by Marcella Rengel
    Business Name: Baby Cakes by Marcy

    Welcome Little Rebel by Christina Craig
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Welcome Little Rebel by Christina Craig
    (pink cake, skulls, and a onsie? Squeeeee!)

    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
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    Business Name: Iced Affairs
    (more unbelievable stringwork and bridge extension work – this was even thinner than the chocolate wedding cake)

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    (the artist said that she almost gave her husband a heart attack by going back and painting the hearts on the bridge extensions)

    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott - bas relief
    (tiny painted and bas relief flowers and birds)

  • 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.

    Bull Dozer by Kim Fauchent
    Bull Dozer by Kim Fauchent
    Business Name: Cake Goddess
    (based on the the comments I heard around this little dog – he was a crowd pleaser)

    Tribute to Texas Firefighters by Sylvia Wilson
    Tribute to Texas Firefighters by Sylvia Wilson
    “To honor the fallen and to be grateful to our brothers and sisters still fighting”
    (I was very sad that this cake didn’t place, it’s another one of my favorites)

    a snake by Tracy Gamble
    Third Place for Sculpted Cakes
    (didn’t get the title, but it was a viper) by Tracy Gamble

    Flying J Ranch by Julana Phenix
    Second Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Flying J Ranch by Julana Phenix
    Business Name: Something Special Bakery

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    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Alien by Earl Vallery

  • 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.
    Crazy Shirt by Grace Goodwin
    Crazy Shirt by Grace Goodwin
    Business Name: Grace G. Cakes

    Love Forever by Grace Goodwin
    Love Forever by Grace Goodwin
    Business Name: Grace G. Cakes
    (I like this one)

    A Koi Cake by Megan Gibson
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    A Koi Cake by Megan Gibson

    Cajan Cooking by Tracy Gamble
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Cajan Cooking by Tracy Gamble
    (I was going to make fun of the spelling until I discovered that both Cajan and Cajun are correct)

    Cajan Cooking by Tracy Gamble - recipe cards
    (I love the edible recipe cards)

    A Light on a Hill by Karen Downey
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    A Light on a Hill by Karen Downey
    (See, this is a perfect example of why I wouldn’t make a very good judge. This entry was not my first pick for this category–or even my second choice–until today when I took closer look while editing the photos. The technical skill on this cake is excellent, and it also shows a wider range of skill than the other entries in the novelty tiered cakes category. I’d love to see what she’d do with a theme that I’m interested in. In fact, I can’t wait to see Karen’s entry for next year)

  • Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.
    Butterflies & Flowers by Bennie McDaniel
    Butterflies and Flowers by Bennie McDanielRetro Chic Wedding Cake by Edet Okon
    Retro Chic Wedding Cake by Edet Okon
    Business Name: Satin Slices

    Wedding entry for Professional Division
    Didn’t have data on this cake.

    Mad about Pearls by Yvette Humbert
    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Mad about Pearls by Yvette Humbert
    Business Name: Amazing Kakes

    Butterflies by Tracy Gamble
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Butterflies by Tracy Gamble

    Steel Magnolia by Mandy Popejoy
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Steel Magnolia by Mandy Popejoy
    Business Name: Mandy’s Cake Creations

  • 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. Only two entries.

    Shades of Chocolate by Sallia Brandy
    Second Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Shades of Chocolate by Sallia Brandy
    Business Name: Just Desserts

    Christening by Heather Domingue
    First Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Christening by Heather Domingue
    Business Name: Cake Goddess

  • 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. (Only three entries.)

    By Sylvia Wilson
    Third Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    (didn’t get the title) by Sylvia Wilson

    Fruit Dragons by Ashlee Trotter
    Second Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Fruit Dragons by Ashlee Trotter
    Notes from entry form: “I named them Elvis, Pinky and Fred.”

    Dancing Snake by Krishani Panagoda
    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Dancing Snake by Krishani Panagoda
    Business Name: Cake Stylez