CAKE: Adult Beginner Division – Wedding Cakes

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 entry is limited to the Wedding Tiered Cake category. There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I either liked or found interesting for some reason or another.

Lots going on here.

Mmmmm, grassy.

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CAKE: Culinary Student Division

Now we get to the divisions that are based on experience and training, as opposed to the age of the decorator.  The first is the Culinary Student Division, which is open to all current culinary school students (we have at least five culinary schools in Austin, if not more).  This division is open to all styles: Special Occasion/Novelty 1-Tier, Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes, Sculpted Cakes (must use real cake, including photos of construction process), Buttercream Only Cakes, Wedding Tiered Cake, Special Techniques Not on a Cake, Confections Not on a Cake (cupcakes, candy, cookies, or chocolate work).

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

This one leaves me confused.

Errrgh…

Yes, this is supposed to be a cat in a mask, wrapped in Mardis Gras beads.

I kinda like this one… even if the card says that the style is "Three Weeding Tiered Cake".

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CAKE: Teen Division

The Teen Division is open to decorators 13 to 17 years of age.  Each teen must bake, isce and decorate their own entry.  This division is open to all styles: Special Occasion/Novelty 1-Tier, Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered cakes, Sculpted Cakes (must use real cake, including photos of construction process), Buttercream Only Cakes, Wedding Tiered Cake, Special Techniques Not on a Cake, Confections Not on a Cake (cupcakes, candy, cookies, or chocolate work).

There were several other entries, but the two photos below are the ones I either liked or found interesting for some reason or another.

Special Occasion/Novelty 1-Tier

Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cake

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CAKE: Junior Division

Junior Division is ages 7 to 12 years old.  Juniors may have an adult assist with baking the cake, but each junior must ice and decorate their own entry.  There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I either liked or found interesting for some reason or another.

"But then the monkeys jumped back out of the monkey barrel.
12 crazy monkeys ran right out of the monkey barrel.
11 monkeys ran back into the tree.
One monkey stayed behind and now that monkey rides a bike around with me… his name is Larry."

It's difficult to tell from the angle, but the panda heads are made out of mini-cupcakes resting on their side.  Rather clever little cupcakes.

Several of the junior cake entries were better than anything the teen division had on display. This birthday cake is, in fact, better than some of the culinary student and beginner entries.

Wow

Yes, this is a cake in the junior division.  At first glance, my reaction was wow; but a second, closer look shows that this was all molded fondant, which is very easy to use.  The main reason I included this cake is because this decorator has an amazing eye for clean and elegant design. 

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CAKES: Children’s Division

This division was open to kids 6 years and under.  This was one category, not divided by style.  They could have the parent assist with baking the cake, but they had to ice and decorate their own entry.  There were lots of entries, but the photos below are the ones I either liked or found interesting for some reason or another.
      

"A Day at the Beach"
Techniques Used: finger painting & sprinkle shaking

Description on card: Buttercream beds for fondant family with hair on top.

This is not the only horse I would see today, but it is the bluest one at the show.

Next year I will borrow someone's kids so they can have fun too… and I have some in mind already.

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