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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.
 

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
    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott
    Business Name: Iced Affairs
    (more unbelievable stringwork and bridge extension work – this was even thinner than the chocolate wedding cake)

    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott - detail
    (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

    F08
    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