2011 Cake Show: Adult Professional Division, part two

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.***

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

1st Place
Title: Victorian Elegance
by Kim Trahan
Business Name: Sweet Sensations by Kim
 
Victorian Elegance - close up
 
 
(No photos of second place for this category.)
 
 
Vintage Charm

3rd Place
Title: Vintage Charm
by Laura Summersett
Business Name: Custom Cakes by Laura
 
 

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.
 
 
Faces of Carnival

I’m beginning to recognize Lisette’s work when she’s experimenting with polymer techniques with fondant.

1st Place
Title: Faces of Carnaval
by Lisette D. Vergara
Inspired by Alice Stroppel’s polymer clay art. The faces are the composite of smaller canes forming the eyes, eyebrows, mouth, etc. Thin slices are then cut reveling the face design. The hair styles as well as the gowns all display different techniques to roll fondant in canes.
 
 
Thomas the Tank Engine

2nd Place
Title: Thomas the Tank Engine
by Jennifer McClintick
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 

Hero's in a Half Shell

Title: Hero’s in a Half Shell
by Leslie Martinez
Business Name: Cakes by Leslie
 
 

Confections Not-On-A-Cake: Cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.
 
 
The Ugly Bug Ball

1st Place
Title: The Ugly Bug Ball
by Shabina Chaudhry
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice, Oklahoma City
 
 
Garfield Comic Strip

2nd Place
Title: Garfield Comic Strip
Jim Davis Replica of Garfield Comic Strip
by Leslie Martinez
Business Name: Cakes by Leslie
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)

That’s it for the Professional Division, now on the the Masters.

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

  • CAKE: Professional Division – Part Three

    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.

    First there was the Blue Horsey, and now there are horses with Gumby legs.

    This wedding cake brings out all my girlie instincts.  In fact, I would LOVE to build a wedding around this cake if I weren't already married and still paying for my culinary school loans. 

    And if I can't have this cake, I'd be willing to take the one below instead.

    If you look closely, you'll notice that none of the polka-dots actually lie directly on the cake's surface.  There's a little drop of something that each dot rests on so there's a three dimensional look to the cake.

    I don't think very many people noticed this, which is a shame.  It's the details like this that turn my reaction from "cool", to "Wow!"  And this was a wow cake.

    When my Mom and I showed up early Saturday morning to check in my cake, this was the first thing that caught my eye.  The colors seemed like they were glowing in contrast to the chocolate fondant. I couldn't wait to come back later and examine it.

     This is another one of Lisette Vergara's cakes.  This one used a polymer clay technique for the flames.  The note on the card says she used a hydrogenated fat to make the designs.  When I asked her about it later, she said that she kneaded it into the fondant to keep it from drying out so fast.  Rumor has it that she'll be demonstrating this technique in one of the industry magazines later this year.

    Now for my absolute favorite for this division:

    I wish I had thought of this one first.

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    CAKE: Professional Division – Part Two

    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.

    The flowers on this cake are very nice, and I'm a sucker for gum paste flowers.  Probably because I'm not very good at them myself.

    I really need to find a class that doesn't take place in the middle of my work shift.

    More flowers!

    This one has flowers AND string work.  I'm impressed by string work even more than flowers, and it's even more challenging to do, as you'll see in the Masters division. Sadly, by Sunday many of the strings had broken off of this one, which may have had something to do with it being place on the end of the display tables. 

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