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2012 Cake Show: Junior Division

Junior (7 – 12 years): One category – not divided by style. Juniors may have an adult assist with baking the cake. Each junior must ice and decorate their own entry.

Like the Childs division, this group is not judged. All entries receive a medal and the mention of what made their cake unique. Once they hit the Teen division, that changes, but at this age it’s still all in fun.

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.
 
Knight of the Picnic Table
Title: Knight of the Picnic Table
by Gabby Ruiz
 
 
Waiting for a knight
Title: Waiting for a knight
by Aurrra Johnson
 
 
Cherry Blossom
Title: Cherry Blossom
by Marie Nicole Peralta
 
 
Fancy Dress
Title: Fancy Dress
by Hailey Goud
 
 
Flashy Dress
Title: Flashy Dress
by Lydia Goud
 
 
Sushi!
Title: Sushi!
by Nathan Pfenning
 

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.
 

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

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate, part one

    Adult Intermediate Division: Developing skills. 2 to 4 years cake decorating experience; 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

    (There were too many entries to show to show all of them, 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.

    Box of Roses by Anne Lewis
    Box of Roses by Anne Lewis
    (I’m a sucker for gumpaste flowers, probably because I can’t make them.)

    Monopoly by LaTasha Perry
    Monopoly by LaTasha Perry

    Flourish by Bobbie Byrd
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Flourish by Bobbie Byrd

    Bedtime by Kelley Masters
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Bedtime by Kelley Masters

    Farm Friends by Rocio Gonzalez
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Farm Friends by Rocio Gonzalez
    (is it bad that I keep going all girly over these little animals?)

  • 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.

    Ina's French Kitchen by Jolie Ortiz
    Ina’s French Kitchen by Jolie Ortiz

    Hulk by Nathen Verastegui(?)
    Hulk by Nathen Verastegui(?)

    Wedding Day by Barbie Wiley
    Wedding Day by Barbie Wiley
    Business Name: Be My Cupcake

    Bivalve Built for a Few by Wendy Westfaul(?)
    Bivalve Built for a Few by Wendy Westfaul(?)
    (another name I can’t quite read)

    Alien by Rocio Gonzalez
    Third Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Alien by Rocio Gonzalez

    Dadgum by Toni Bruner
    Second Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Dadgum by Toni Bruner

    Dragon Dance by Nancy Castillo
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Dragon Dance by Nancy Castillo

  • 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.

    SUPRISE!  Happy Birthday by Doralou Brown
    SUPRISE! Happy Birthday by Doralou Brown
    (I spelled it the same way as it was on the form because I never know if it was done on purpose or not.)

    Flowers Abound! by Carley King
    Flowers Abound! by Carley King
    (really like the colors in this one)

    Pretty Paisley by Judy Ramsey
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Pretty Paisley by Judy Ramsey

    Masquerade Ball by Stacie Bodenmiller
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Masquerade Ball by Stacie Bodenmiller

    Little Baby Girl by Rocio Gonzalez
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Little Baby Girl by Rocio Gonzalez
    (the little girl on top reminds me of the daughter in the webcomic Mangled Stare)

  • New Dungeons and Dragons style cake

    Another friend, this time from my husband's gaming group, asked for a D&D style cake as a gift for one of his buddies.  I thought this would be easy as I had worked out most of the problems during the last cake, but he surprised me with a request for a cake based on the Dungeon Master's Guide, instead of the Player's Handbook.  Why was that a problem?  Take a look at the original Player's Handbook next to the similar, but not exact, cake (done to avoid copyright issues) that I made previously:

    Not bad work.  Best of all it was drawn up and the templates were already made.  But now I had to come up with something that resembled this instead:

    I was kinda worried because the Dungeon Master's Guide is blue.  How authentic is a blue leather-bound book?  So I'm trying to make a cake that looks like a cheesy, yet gaudy, book that looks like it's trying too hard to look like a real, over-the-top, metal and gem encrusted book…with an obnoxious shade of blue leather.  You can probably tell that I wasn't thrilled, or even confident that I was able to turn this book into a half-decent cake.

    Thank goodness that I was able to surprise myself.

    Looking at it, I can see three things about the cake that still annoys the hell out of me and that I will fix the next time around… if there is a next time around.  With my luck the next request will be for the Monster Manual, and don't think I won't charge twice as much for that one.

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