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 - 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.)


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.

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)