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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.
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate Division, part two

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.

There were so many entries in this division that I had to break it up into three posts so I can include all the cakes I liked. This is part two with Wedding, Buttercream Only, and Special Techniques.

***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.
 
 
Red Romance

1st Place
Title: Red Romance
by Rocio Gonzalez
 
 
East Meets West Wedding

2nd Place
Title: East Meets West Wedding
by Angela Chin Negron
This is one of my favorite wedding cakes this year.
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 
Windows of Love

Title: Windows of Love
by Yunita Mowry
 
 
Ivory Bliss

Title: Ivory Bliss
by Amanda M. Estrada
 
 

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.
 
 
Grandmothers Garden

1st Place
Title: Grandmother’s Garden
by Brianna DiLorenzo
 
 
Scooby-Doo

2nd Place
Title: Scooby-Doo
by Rachel O’Kon
 
 

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.
 
 
Tuskarr of Northrend

1st Place
Title: Tuskarr of Northrend
Walrus Humanoid with Spear (World of Warcraft)
by Chris Suson Wingler
While this is an amazing piece of work, I also have to admit I find humanoid walruses with codpieces funny. Thank you Chris, for giving me the opportunity to be able to say that.
 
Tuskarr of Northrend butt

Oh! And how about that walrus butt?
 

I somehow didn’t get photos of the second and third place winner for this category. (I thought I did. I must be losing it.)
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate Division, part one

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.

There were so many entries in this division that I’m breaking it up into three posts so I can include all the cakes I liked, plus talk about my own entry (who’s going to brag if I don’t?).

***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.
 
 
I didn’t get any photos of the first and second place winners. I’m actually kinda surprised by that since the first place winner had a tiny rose bouquet on top of the cake that was beautifully done, and I’m such a sucker for well-done roses.
 
 
Coraline

3rd Place
Title: Coraline
by Summer Frace´
 
A mouse from Coraline

The thread texture is amazing, but Summer said it was a happy accident:

“I used a clay extruder and the fondant I used was something I’ve never used before. It was Chocopan and it was really dry and crumbly. I was initially going to cover the entire cake and then adhere the thread to that, but I couldn’t get it to cover. It was a nightmare and I was so upset. So I just put the thread directly on the buttercream and it was so dry and weird, it just came out like that. It looks really cool, but it was pure luck.”

 
 
Her Royal Highness

Title: Her Royal Highness
by Kelly Masters
Business Name: Cake Boss
 
 

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.
 
 
Soft Landings

1st Place
Title: Soft Landings
by Angie Swearengin
 
 
Sorting Hat

2nd Place
Hogwarts Sorting Hat
by Melinda Plunk
(Photo was submitted by the cake artist.)
 
 
Worst Cake Ever

3rd Place
Title: Worst Cake Ever
by Chris Suson Wingler
 
 
Super Hero Cupcake Truck

Title: Super Hero Cupcake Truck
by Irma Arenivar
I thought it was funny. And it even has Wi Fi!
 
 
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.
 
 

Superheroes

1st Place
Title: Superheroes
by Nancy Villarreal
 
 
15-Henna Peacock

2nd Place
Title: Henna Peacock
by Kelly Smith
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 
Super Heros United

Title: Super Hero’s United
by Rachel O’Kon
 
 
Irish Spring

Title: Irish Spring
by Casey Rogers
 
 
The Mad Hatters Hat

Title: The Mad Hatters Hat
by Peggy Higgins
 
 
Pink Ribbon Ladies

Title: Pink Ribbon Ladies
by Rocio Gonzalez
 
 
CAV Super Sweetheart

Title: CAV Super Sweetheart
“Prepared to defend the homefront, CAV Super Sweetheart tackels the world armed with her silver spurs & golden shield. Always loyal to her trooper, she protects his CAV stetson while counting down deployments.”
(Ft. Hood, TX is the 1st Cavalry Division’s base of operation.)
I don’t have the artist’s name, so if anyone knows, please leave me a comment.