CAKE: Adult Intermediate Division (Special Occasion/Novelty, and Sculpted Cakes)

The Adult Intermediate Division is for decorators with developing skills, two to four years cake decorating experience, 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. 

This post covers the following styles: Special Occasion/Novelty 1-Tier, Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes, and Sculpted Cakes (must use real cake, including photos of construction process).

There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I either liked or found interesting for other reasons.

This is someone with 30 to 60 hours of sugar art or cake decorating training?  Seriously?

I think this one placed.  When they announced the winners, they would show an image of the cake that won, but the projection system was pretty crappy and you couldn't tell which cake it was sometimes. This is one of those that I think won, but wasn't sure.  Next time I'll write this stuff down.

There was something about this cake that I really liked. 

It started with people dressing their dogs up in cheerleader outfits, now they make cakes of their dogs in cheerleader outfits….

Of all the Mardi Gras themed cakes at the show, this one was my favorite.

While I normally dislike the "wacky" or "whimsical" tiered cakes, this one was pretty cool.  It kinda looks like something that would feel at home in a Tim Burton movie.

At first, I just walked by this cake without taking a second look.  The second day there was a smaller crowd and no one was rushing to see everything, so I was able to take my time and look at some of the things I missed.  This was one of those cakes.  It's not that interesting until you see the source photo that was displayed next to the cake.

While it's not a cake that I'd order or make myself, I find that I'm much more impressed with it than I originally was.
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This is still my favorite cake in this division.

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Woo Hoo! I am a winner!

I'm an official winner!  My Chocolate Hazelnut Tiramisu placed 2nd in the International Favorites category for the Tasting Competition.

This is the cake:

This is what a slice would have looked like, but you'll need to imagine that the layers are neater and better defined, and there were thicker layers of chocolate ganache (had to submit the cake whole, so I didn't get a chance to get pictures of a slice–the slice below is from my last test cake).

And this is what my lovely, lovely award looks like:


I'm excited about next year's theme, and I'm going to enter a decorated cake since it's going to be about all things sci-fi.  Can't wait!

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The 5th Annual That Takes the Cake! Sugar Art Show

The winner of the showcake competition is Lisette Vergara with "Latin Rhythm"!  This cake is one of the two cakes that I was able to get photos of while they were being judged, which makes it even cooler since she won.  She also placed with three other pieces, one of which I will be posting later as it was another of my favorites. 

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CAKE: Ones I hope win (because it’s too late to post the rest of the photos tonight)

Hopefully most of these will go home with an award tomorrow.  These are my favorites, not including the Bluebird cake as that one was already posted earlier.

This photo doesn't do the cake justice.  The work is precise and delicate, and the daisies are very realistic when viewed up close.  I'll try to get better photos on Sunday.

This one has so many incredibly cool details.  Another one that I need to get more photos of on Sunday.

 This one doesn't have enough of some of the techniques that add points and win prizes, but I love it.

This showpiece kept drawing me back all day long.  Sadly, I don't think it will win, but I hope it does.

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CAKE: Adult Beginner Division – All other styles

The Adult Beginner Division is for decorators with basic skills, two years or less decorating experience, self-taught or less then 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction.  This post covers the Special Occasion/Novelty 1-Tier, Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes, Sculpted Cakes (must use real cake, including photos of construction process), Buttercream Only Cakes, Special Techniques Not on a Cake, and Confections Not on a Cake (cupcakes, candy, cookies, or chocolate work) entries. 

There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I either liked or found interesting for other reasons.

This is a beginner, but still better than the one below…

Not quite sure yet?

This was listed as: Bodis "Justis is Blind".  I think I'll need someone to explain it to me, because I'm not coming up with anything on my own.

My eyelids!  They're missing!!!!

Cake wedgie!

For my brother-in-law.

For the nerd in me.

And the one that I hope wins.

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