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.)
 

CAKE: Adult Beginner Division – All other styles

The Adult Beginner Division is for decorators with basic skills, two years or less decorating experience, self-taught or less then 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction.  This post covers the Special Occasion/Novelty 1-Tier, Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes, Sculpted Cakes (must use real cake, including photos of construction process), Buttercream Only Cakes, Special Techniques Not on a Cake, and Confections Not on a Cake (cupcakes, candy, cookies, or chocolate work) entries. 

There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I either liked or found interesting for other reasons.

This is a beginner, but still better than the one below…

Not quite sure yet?

This was listed as: Bodis "Justis is Blind".  I think I'll need someone to explain it to me, because I'm not coming up with anything on my own.

My eyelids!  They're missing!!!!

Cake wedgie!

For my brother-in-law.

For the nerd in me.

And the one that I hope wins.

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