2011 Cake Show: Adult Masters Division

Adult Masters

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.

***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 also fewer entries.***

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.
 
 
Little Flower Fairy

1st Place
Title: Little Flower Fairy
by Dawn Parrott
Business Name: Show Cakes Houston/Culinary Institute Le Wotre(?)
 

Little Flower Fairy - close up
 
 
Zari Embroidery

2nd Place
Title: Zari Embroidery
by Ruth Rickey
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery, Oklahoma City
Zari is an Indian style of embroidery that uses metallic thread called kasab or kalabattu. (I didn’t know any of this until I looked it up.)
 
 
There were only two entries in this category.
 
 

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.
 
 
Pegasus

1st Place
Title: Pegasus
by Janette Pfertner
Business Name: Miss Janette’s Cakes
 
Pegasus 2

There was only one entry, but it was pretty awesome.
 
 

There were no Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes, no Buttercream Only Cakes, and no Confection Not-on-a-cake entries.
 
 

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.)
 
 
Western Wedding

2nd Place
Title: Western Wedding
by Ruth Rickey
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery, Oklahoma City
 
 
International Elegance

3rd Place
Title: International Elegance
by Martha Herbert
Business Name: Sweet Southern Ladies
 
 

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.
 
 
(No photos of first place for this category, and there were only two entries.)
 
 
Fantasia

2nd Place
Title: Fantasia
by Peggy Tucker
Business Name: School of Cakeology LLC
 

FINALLY DONE!!!! I’m going to bed.

2011 Cake Show: Adult Advanced Division

Adult Advanced

More refined skills. 4 to 6 years cake decorating experience; 60 to 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

***I somehow missed the majority of the entries for this division. I have no idea how that happened, but you can check out That Takes the Cake’s site for a slide show anytime you want to see all the winners.***

I should probably mention that if you click on the picture, it will take you to a larger image.

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.
 
 
Safari Engagement Extravaganza

1st Place
Title: Safari Engagement Extravaganza
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes

This was the only entry for the Novelty Tiered category. So here are some more photos of it ( you can tell I really like her work and you’ll have a better understanding of why in just a moment).
 
Safari Engagement Extravaganza - top
 
Safari Engagement Extravaganza - painted
 
 

Wedding Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.
 
 
Oriental Fantasy - right
 

cherry blossoms 2

1st Place
Title: Oriental Fantasy
(not sure that last word is correct, it looked like “Frantarcy” on the entry form and it’s either Fantasy, or some obscure word I’m not familiar with)
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
 
 
Romanticism
 

Romanticism - left

2nd Place
Title: Romanticism
The cake represents different locations of a Boguese [sic] Mansion. The top is a replica of a statue at the mansion.
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
It took some searching, but I think she was referring to the Villa Borghese. The sculpture at the top of the cake looks like Bernini’s Pluto and Proserpina, but with a lot more fabric to cover up the naughty bits.

While her printing on all her entry forms suck, her painting is absolutely amazing. And she’s not even finished winning yet.
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 

Norene

Title: Norene
by Ashley Atkinson
 
 
Spring Awakening

Title: Spring Awakening
by Carley King
There was a note by the cake that said the monogram at the top of the cake had broken in transit.
 
 

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.
 
I didn’t get any photos of the winners. But I did get another Peacock cakes that had a design I really liked. It was made by the winner of second place in this category.
 
Henna

Title: Henna
by Tabitha Ballard
Business Name: Cakes by Design
 
 

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.
 
 
My Flute Geisha

1st Place
Title: My Flute Geisha
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
 
 
Metropolis Mayhem

2nd Place
Title: Metropolis Mayhem
Spiderman and Catwoman in New York City
by Janet Barron
Business Name: Exquisite Sugar
 
Metropolis Mayhem - closeup

Am I the only one confused by the combination of Catwoman with Spiderman, as well as the reference to both Metropolis AND New York City? (Yes, I’m aware that Metropolis is supposed to be NYC, but why mention both? And once again, yes I am aware that there have been crossovers between DC and Marvel in the past… but that doesn’t make this any less awkward.)
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 

Confections Not-On-A-Cake: Cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.
 
All the winners this year were cookie designs.
 
 
Zinnia Fairy

1st Place
Title: Zinnia Fairy
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
 
 
(No photos of second place for this category.)
 
 
Drummin Bear

3rd Place
Title: Drummin’ Bear
by Tracy Dahir
 
 
Happy Easter

Title: Happy Easter!
by unknown (if anyone knows the artist’s name, please leave me a comment)
 

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.