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.

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.


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.

Baby Shower Cake

Now that I’m receiving more request for fondant cakes, I’m learning how to make my own fondant.  Right now I’m still at the marshmallow fondant level, which is much better than store bought, but not great.  Some friends from work who’ve commissioned some of my best cakes wanted a gender neutral baby shower cake for a very traditional couple.  That meant no spaceships, cthulhu, or movie and music tribute cakes like I normally design for them.

The theme was baby farm animals and the color was a  light brown with the baby boy and girl colors (the photos didn’t come out quite right this time for some reason.  It’s as if the more expensive the camera is, the crappier my photos turn out).

Baby Shower Cake 02

Baby Shower Sheep Cake - tail

More sheep, crappy lighting

The sheep was the cutest thing I could think of that I’d want on a cake, so I went with that.  It wasn’t until about a week later that I found out the couple the shower was for also work at my company and that I’d met them before.  That’s always fun.