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.
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Beginner Division, part one

Adult Beginner

Basic skills. 2 years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less then 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

There were so many entries in this division that I’ll need to break this in to several posts so I can include all the cakes I liked.

***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.
 
 
Skie

1st Place
Title: Skie
by James V. McLean
 
 
No photo of the second place winner.
 
 
Adult Arabesque Birthday

3rd Place
Title: Petite Arabesque Birthday
by Lisa Fitch
 
 
Floating Flowers

Title: Floating Flowers
by Chantelle Abruzzo
Mom said the flowers looked like they should start slowly bouncing up and down like barn spiders.
 
 
Fairy House

Title: Fairy House
by Denise Gall
 
 
Pink Roses

Title: Oval Cake with Roses
no name was available
Fabulous roses. Even the leaves are beautiful…
 
 
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.
 
 
Happy Tortuga

1st Place
Title: Happy Tortuga
by Diane Elizondo
 
Happy Tortuga Tongue

A happy tortuga tongue.
 
 
2nd Place
Title: Serenity
by Erin Larkin

Before I show you the photo of the 2nd place winner, I’d like to tell you the sad tale of a squished cake.

First, let me set the scene: Each table had a blue line of tape in front of it to keep everyone about two feet from the displays. Then ninja volunteers would then lie in wait and until they could sneak up on their victims shouting “everyone stay behind the blue line!” (Seriously, that’s exactly what they did.) But even that wasn’t enough to save these innocent cakes from their squooshed fate.

An unnamed woman, wanting to take photos of the Serenity cake, stepped over the blue line and loomed over the cake. Then, while she was concentrating on getting the perfect shot, her purse slipped and knocked over the pole with the division and category posted on it. It was dragged down with enough force to not only ruin two cakes, but to also splash green frosting on a curtain three feet away.

While the judges had made it over before the accident, neither I nor the show photographer got a photo of the pre-smooshed cake. Here’s what we have:
 
Serenity (after it was damaged)
 
Even worse, when one of the volunteers explained what happened to her cake, the cake artist burst into tears. It’s a horrible thing to have something you’ve worked on for so long be destroyed for such a stupid little reason.

If any has a photo of this cake prior to the accident, I would love to post it here.
 
 
The second cake wasn’t as badly damaged. I did get a pre-squishified photo of that one.
(I didn’t get any photos of the third place winner.)
 
Super Kiss in Stone - pre-squish

Title: Super Kiss in Stone
Batman and Catwoman immortalized
by Jennifer Phillips
 
 
Corky the Robot

Title: Corky the Robot (Pee-wee Herman’s robot)
by Robin Stevens
(I enjoyed meeting Robin during the last day of the show. I think that getting a chance to meet other people is one of my favorite things about Austin’s cake competition.)
 

2011 Cake Show: Teen Division

Teen (13 – 17 years)

Each teen must bake, ice and decorate their own entry. 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.

Teen 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.
 
 
Ladies Summer Hat

1st Place
Title: Ladies Summer Hat
by Tyler Gary
I didn’t get a very good photo of this cake. I did have one lady stop me to go on and on about what a wonderful looking cake it was. While I personally thought it was a rather simple cake, I agree that the rose is absolutely amazing. It’s definitely better than anything I can do.
 
 
Palette Painting

2nd Place
Title: Palette Painting
by Zoe Ortiz
 
 
Spring Time

3rd Place
Title: Spring Time
by Jasmine Davis
 
 
Polar Padre Island

Title: Polar Padre Island
by Lisa Banks
 
 
Happy First Birthday

Title: Happy First Birthday
by Cristina Marshall
 
 
Teen 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.
 
 
Guitar Hero

1st Place
Title: Guitar Hero
by Raeanna Sprague
 
 
Violin Practice

2nd Place
Title: Violin Practice
by Patrick Pankey
 
 
Cell Phone

3rd Place
Title: Call me, text me
by Keilee McClendon
 
 
Cupcakes are a Girl's Best Friend

Title: Cupcakes are a Girl’s Best Friend
by Kelsey Drew
 
 
Teen 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.
 
 
Sesame Street Birthday

1st Place
Title: Sesame Street Birthday
by Carlos Villarreal
 
 
Cat in the Hat

2nd Place
Title: Cat in the Hat
by Alyssa Ortiz
I love this cake… but then again, I’m partial to the colorflow technique.
 
 
Princess and the Pea

3rd Place
Title: Princess & the Pea
by Samantha Shamard
Check out the expression on her face.
 
 
Justice League

Title: Justice League
by Katilyn Ashleigh Reid
The first of many cakes that had Wonder Woman on it.
 
 
Baby Shower

Title: Baby Shower
by Derricka Perry
 
 
Teen Wedding Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.
 
 
15-Classic Yellow and Blue Wedding Cake

1st Place
Title: Classic Yellow and Blue Wedding Cake
by Tyler Gary
The roses are incredible and the extension work is thin, straight, and clean. Remember, this is a teen entry and it’s better than some of the Culinary Student and Beginner entries.