The winners of the 2010 Showcake Category

Normally this would be the last thing I’d post because these are the masterpieces of the entire show… however, I’m trying to be less cruel this year.

(This is open to all levels and divisions.  In fact, this year’s first place winner usually competes at the Adult Intermediate level.)

5th place: Claudia Estela Rosales
4th place: Sylvia Wilson
3rd place: Lisette Vergara (she won first in this category last year)
2nd place: Brian Stevens
1st place: Kimberly Chapman (this cake is so unbelievably cool that it will get a separate post)

And then there’s Janet Barron – she is the winner of her category, the winner for her entire division, and the top pick out of all seven divisions.  In fact, you could call her Best of Show.

Oh wait, you wanted photos too?  Heh.  You’ll have to wait until I’m done with all the others.

A few photos from the show

Here is my entry that I quit working on because I can’t be trusted to make an intelligent decision at 2 am after not sleeping for two days.

This was my inspiration.

This is what I was working on.
le voyage dans le lune

These are the two entries that I would have been competing against if I had finished it:

And this is the most awesome entry for the Adult Beginner division ever:

sugar ship

I am so tired. Need to head home and catch up on sleep. I promise to post lots and lots of photos tomorrow.

Friday Notes

My hubby-love has asked that I not refer to him as snarkyboy anymore.  He prefers Honored Husband, but I’m not sure I can keep typing that without giggling.   Let’s try Candy Pants instead.


Before this week, I hadn’t realize how difficult it was to make an astronaut look sexy while riding a rocket through space.  I’ll be up late tonight trying to make it work in time for tomorrow’s show.  Wish me luck.

2010 Cake Odyssey is coming up soon

The annual That Takes the Cake! Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition will be February 27th through the 28th in Austin, TX.

I’m excited because while this will be my second year to compete, it will be my first year to compete in the decorating side.  I was so nervous about it last year that I only entered the tasting competition (and took second place–woo hoo!).

For information about this year’s show, go the the That Takes the Cake! website.  There will be all kinds of classes and demonstrations, on-site competitions, and hundreds of freakin’ awesome cakes.  (I wish I could take the Modeling Chocolate 101 class, but the $550 price tag is way out of my range.)  I’ll be there both days, and my sister and oldest niece will be joining me.

Like last year, I’ll post photos of all the cakes that catch my eye for one reason or another.  If you’re interested in seeing last year’s cake photos, go to and click on the “cake and sugar art show” tag (or go here).  That will bring up all the posts with my photos from the 2009 show. Hopefully I’ll be able to eventually move them over to Dork Chocolate.