Today is the 2011 Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition!

It’s the Capital Confectioners’ 7th Annual “That Takes the Cake” Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. I was shooting for three entries, but only ended up with one again. I ran out of time to finish up the buttercream entry, and it looks like it would have been an easy win this year too.

My entry this year is “The Crimson Chin Multi-verse” in the Confection Not on a Cake category. If you aren’t familiar with the comic book hero from Nickelodeon’s Fairly Oddparents (voiced by Jay Leno, hence the joke about the chin), you can check out the Crimson Chin’s wiki page.

I had originally planned on doing a cookie timeline of Wonder Woman, but after watching the Fairly Oddparents episode where Timmy calls up all the different versions of the Crimson Chin from the 1930’s and up, I couldn’t resist it. Steve’s a little worried that it’s going to be too obscure for the judges–good thing they care more about the technique than the subject.

Here are some photos of my entry:

Outlines
Outlines of some of the cookies.

Ready to travel
Packed up and ready to take to the show.

Finished entry
Not a great photo since I used my iPhone, but here it is on the display board I created for it.

There were only four other entries for my category when I dropped mine off (I was the 13th person registered for this category, and people were beginning to stream in with their entries as I was leaving). We’re heading back to check it out as soon as the show opens at 10:30 am.

I can’t wait to see everything.

I was up all night finishing this up (done at 7:30 this morning, just in time to shower and deliver it), so no promises about getting any photos posted tonight of my show favorites.

CAKE: Masters Division – Part Two

The Masters Division is for decorators who are experts in sugar art. They are known to blah, blah, blah… you know the drill.

Here are the last of the Master's Division photos.  There are only three cakes in this post, but I have a lot of photos of these three cakes stuffed in here, please be patient if it takes a few minutes to load.

It's all edible too…

Next is the winner for the Novelty Tiered Cake.  It has rats, lots of rats.

So are those little black coffee beans around the cake, or rat dropping?  Rat feces jokes aside, I thought this cake was rather cute.

The third cake is an absolute masterpiece.  It won first place for the Sculpture Cake in the Master's Division, first place for the entire Master's Division, and if I'm remembering correctly, it also won first place over ALL of the divisions.

Presenting the last horse of the competition:

This is a freakin' awesome cake.

There are still the Show Cakes and some of the demonstration cakes, and then that's it for this year.

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CAKE: Masters Division – Part Two

I apologize for the delay.  I was having trouble uploading photos and then lost momentum. Almost two months later and I'm ready to start up again because I have a backlog of stuff to talk about.  It's one of those guilt things… I wanna blog, but don't because I haven't finished the last project, so I put it off, and then I have more stuff, and then more guilt, and on and on….

Anyway, back to the cake competition.

The Masters Division is for decorators who are experts in sugar art. They are known to have mastered specific mediums and techniques. The may be an author, instructor, or work in the sugar art business, and have more than 120 hours of instruction. This division was open to all styles.

There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I found interesting for one reason or another.

This is a Sad Little Yellow Cake with Flowers.  I didn't think it was particularly sad, but that was the entry title.  It was one of the smaller cakes in this division, but I quite liked it.  Dainty, precise, and just a little sad are things that I can't quite get with my cakes.  My cakes are more like galumphing, over-sized dogs that jump exuberantly over your pristine white furniture, tracking hair and mud all over the place.

Sad little daisies.  And this wasn't the only cake with daisies.  The next daisied-cake took first place for tiered wedding cakes in this division.

Now this cake was fantastic.  You may not think so from this photo, but when you take a closer look you can see how amazing the drop strings really are.

And here as well.

Next up are the some of the fun cakes, and one truly amazing horse cake.

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CAKE: Masters Division – Part One

UPDATED 02/10/11: The transfer of this blog to a new site has misplaced the photos. I’m slowly adding them in, but if you just want to see the photos without all the notes, you can view them in my Flickr set for the 2009 show.


The Masters Division is for decorators who are experts in sugar art. They are known to have mastered specific mediums and techniques. The may be an author, instructor, or work in the sugar art business, and have more than 120 hours of instruction. This division was open to all styles.

There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I found interesting for one reason or another.

Pink Shell

This looks like something my Grandmother would have kept in her bathroom to hide toilet paper.  And the pink shells look like they are melting into the cake, which is rather odd.

Someone else did a cake with seashells in this division, which is better, but still very old ladyish.

Seashell

Too bad, because the string work on this one is wonderful.  The good news is that this decorator entered another cake which would place first for the wedding cakes in this division.  But you’ll have to surf through a few more cakes before I show it.

Cactus and Roses

I liked this one.  It’s very simple and elegant.  The notes on this cake did mention that the topper had sustained a lot of damage in transit.  I wish I could have seen it before all the damage occurred.

Bamboo and Roses

Owl Cake

I was ambivalent about this one, but I did like the tiny mouse hiding in the tassel.

I have quite a few more cake photos, but I’m having trouble uploading them.  I’ll be back.

CAKE: Professional Division – Part Four (Special Techniques)

The Professional Division is for decorators with a high level of skills, more than six years cake decorating experience, and more than 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction.

There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I found interesting.

Baby Shower Cookies

The baby cookies were nice, but several of the ones in the Intermediate division were, well, more professional looking.

Rabbit Cookies

This a great demonstration of what a good display can do for your cookies.  The rabbits themselves are very nice, but the little lettuce and carrots in the garden are adorable and add to the entire theme.  I’ll have to remember that next year.

Here is another horse.  It’s made of modeling chocolate with a little bit of fondant.  While the legs are still kinda wonky, this is pretty damn good… but it’s not the best horse of the competition yet.

Here is an example of an entry that introduced me to something new.  I passed by this cocoa painting on Saturday without really paying attention to it.  While waiting for the awards ceremony on Sunday, I had more time, and less people to fight to see all the cakes again.  This time I read some of the information that was provided by the decorators to explain what music or item inspired their work.  Here’s a closeup:

What caught my eye?  “heavy metal cello band”  While I’m not into heavy metal, I love cellos–an appreciation that developed after my sister finally got past “Mary had a little lamb” on hers while we were growing up.  I finally did some research this week on the band Apoclyptica and they are actually quite good.  Good enough that I pulled them up on iTunes and purchased some of their songs.  I’ll probably run to Waterloo Records one day and see if they can order a few albums so I can pass them on to my sister and my nephew, who is now learning to play the cello too.

Another special technique not on cake.  I wish they hadn’t used a mirror to display it, it kind of detracts from all the work that went into it.  And this was the last of my photos from the professional division.  Up next will be the Master’s Division.

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