Space by Spacewest 2010 Pan-Galactic Alien Film Festival

I apologize for the delay, things kept getting in the way but I really didn’t want to add anymore new posts until I finished my tribute to Kimberly’s award-winning cake.  So here it is in all its glory.

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As I stated previously, there’s so much to Kimberly’s cake that I’m going to have to break it down by layers and visit all the geeky little details. We’re starting at the bottom and working our way us, we we’ll start with the table decorations… also known as the parking lot.

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See the brickwork behind the shrink-ray valet? Kimberly made over 1500 of the little buggers for the bottom layer.

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Here are some of the shrunken ships in the parking lot. (And here is where I display my crappy photography skills. I don’t know what I did wrong, but this year’s photos aren’t as good as last year’s, even though I have a better camera. I’ll have to get my sister-in-law to give me a few quick lessons.)

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My first photo of this was taken at a different angle and when I reviewed it later that day, it looked like the little green guy was pissing on the wall. I don’t think that was quite the effect she was going for, so I made sure to get a shot where you could see the spray paint can.

Now to the Lobby Tier:

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First is Leeloo with her multipass.

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The little green toothy dudes from GalaxyQuest

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The Doctor’s TARDIS

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Mars Attacks! and Planet of the Apes, along with some more movie posters

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The Predator is giving the Alien (with the pink bow that you can’t see) flowers…. is this an homage to Alien and Predator, or to Robot Chicken?

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Check out the slime. It’s those little details that I love.

Now it’s time to visit the Concession Stand Tier:

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Another poor quality photo. Someone else did it better here.

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This entrance to Miliways had me squeeing with joy. That shows you how much of a geek I am.

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The chick from the mini-series V (I’m trying to forget the full television series).

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I love the single shoe next to Audrey 2’s pot.

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The concession stand with Popcorn, Reese’s Pieces, Spice, and a Slurm vending machine.

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I’d love one for my cube at work.

The third tier is the movie auditorium, showing Plan 9 from Outer Space, and once again, it’s a crappy photo.

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At this point, I’m going to stop trying to add a comment for every photo and just post.

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The alien egg was hidden at the back of the cake – I didn’t even notice it the first day of the show.

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This was probably my second favorite part of the cake: Futurama AND Buckaroo Banzai jokes in one shot. (The “Han shot first” graffito was my favorite.)

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The entire fourth tier, and hopefully final crap quality photo.

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One last shot of the entire cake.

It only took a month and a half to put Kimberly’s cake up on my site… but it was worth it.

2010 Cake Show: Adult Beginner, part two

Adult Beginner Division:

Basic skills. Two years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less than 30 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 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.

Chutes and Ladders - "Revisiting Childhood" by M. Cassandra Fairbanks
Chutes and Ladders – “Revisiting Childhood” by M. Cassandra Fairbanks

Games are another trend you’ll see during this year’s show.

Cute as a Button by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
Cute as a Button by Darlene “Casey” Rogers

South Park: Bigger, Taller & Uncut by Dorothy Trainer
South Park: Bigger, Taller & Uncut by Dorothy Trainer

ET Dream by Liz Selman
ET Dream by Liz Selman

Sushi! Sushi! by Debbie Byers
Sushi! Sushi! by Debbie Byers

Stenciled Present by Chantelle Abruzzo
Stenciled Present by Chantelle Abruzzo

Wine Country by Chree Carr
Wine Country by Chree Carr

Dragon's Castle by Brenda Hamill
Dragon’s Castle by Brenda Hamill

Candyland by Holly Smith
Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
Candyland by Holly Smith

Super Mario Birthday Bash by Mendy Lindsay
Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
Super Mario Birthday Bash by Mendy Lindsay

Hat Boxes by Megan Thomas
First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
Hat Boxes by Megan Thomas
Business: Meg’s Cake Shop

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

Starlight Night by Drew Padelecki
Starlight Night by Drew Padelecki
Business Name: AGS Cake Supply

Jane Austen Book Wedding by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
Jane Austen Book Wedding by Darlene “Casey” Rogers
(normally I don’t care for the Regency look, but I’m all over this cake and I don’t even know why)

A Floral Fantasy by Tara Harlow
A Floral Fantasy by Tara Harlow
(Pink. Very pink. I wonder what the isomalt gazing ball would look like with LEDs inside it for an evening wedding)

A15A Japanese Wedding by Claire Miller
Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
A Japanese Wedding by Claire Miller

Moroccan Wedding Fantasy by Cassi Miles
Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
Moroccan Wedding Fantasy by Cassi Miles

Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales
First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales
Business Name: Sweethearts House of Cakes

Now you may be thinking that this cake is covered in large, clumsy flowers and doesn’t deserve first place, but if you look closer…

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…you’ll see that all the decorations are supposed to look like embroidery.  The cake really does look better than my photos make it out to be.

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.

Strawberry Shortcake by Tomas Rosales
Third Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
Strawberry Shortcake by Tomas Rosales
Business Name: Sweethearts House of Cakes

Ramen by Chris Suson Wingler
Second Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
Ramen by Chris Suson Wingler

…drum roll, please….

First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake…

…and First Place for the Adult Beginner Division…

…and Best of Divisions (or best of show)…

Wait for it…

 Space Wonders by Janet Barron
First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
Space Wonders by Janet Barron

Next to Kimberly Chapman’s cake (you’ll still have to wait for those photos), Janet’s sugar piece was the most unexpected and incredible entry this year.

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I love the floating astronaut.

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All her awards. What you don’t see are all the chef judges who wanted to talk to her after the show.

Gotta tell you about Kimberly Chapman

Back when I was trying to find nerdy ideas for cakes, I ran into a great little gallery with cakes labeled “Shelob”, “Discworld” and “Flayed Goblin”.  How great is that?  I mean who doesn’t want to eat a flayed goblin head?.   Little did I know that would be my first of several introductions to Kimberly Chapman’s cakes.

The next time was when a friend forwarded me a link to her Fraggle cake (it was even posted as a Sunday Sweets on Cake Wrecks).

Then came last year’s That Takes the Cake! Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition.  There was a cake in the Intermediate Division that was absolutely adorable.  The cake was covered in little musical mice that just can’t be fully appreciated by viewing one photo. I was so excited about it that I took lots and lots of pictures and even gave it it’s own post.  That was on the first day of the competition.  The next morning, snarkyboy and I met with our Sunday morning breakfast group and I was telling them about all the cakes I saw when Melia mentioned that someone she knew did this really cool mouse cake for the show. I dragged out my portable and sure enough, it was the same cake.

Melia gave me the link to Kimberly’s website where she had posted little glimpses of what she was working on prior to the contest, and I realized that the website looked very familiar.  I had located the owner of all the nerdy cakes that I loved so much, and she lived in Austin!

Sadly, the first impression I left Kimberly with later that day was rather confusing.  I went up to congratulate her after the awards ceremony and probably came off more like a dork than anything else.  She did email me later after reading my post, which was very cool, and having her leave the first comment on this new blog a few days ago is even better!

She’s posted teasers of her entry for this year… wanna see?

http://kimberlychapman.livejournal.com/523972.html#cutid1

I’m glad that I ran out of time to work on my entry for tiered novelty cakes because it looks like she’ll kick my ass in that category (don’t worry Yvette, I’m still entering two other categories).