2010 Cake Show: Professional

Professional Division: High level of skill. More than 6 years decorating experience. More than 90 hours of hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. May be decorating for profit or working as a decorator. Open to all styles.

(There were too many entries to show to show all of them for these two categories, so the photos below are the ones I either liked, found interesting for some reason or another, or they placed in their category.)

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Single Tier category:
    Any non-tiered cake with a theme such as a Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. including one tier wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used (only three entries).By Marcella Rengel
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    (didn’t get the title) by Marcella Rengel
    Business Name: Baby Cakes by Marcy

    Welcome Little Rebel by Christina Craig
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Welcome Little Rebel by Christina Craig
    (pink cake, skulls, and a onsie? Squeeeee!)

    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott
    Business Name: Iced Affairs
    (more unbelievable stringwork and bridge extension work – this was even thinner than the chocolate wedding cake)

    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott - detail
    (the artist said that she almost gave her husband a heart attack by going back and painting the hearts on the bridge extensions)

    Special Delivery by Dawn Parrott - bas relief
    (tiny painted and bas relief flowers and birds)

  • Sculpted Cakes Category
    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.

    Bull Dozer by Kim Fauchent
    Bull Dozer by Kim Fauchent
    Business Name: Cake Goddess
    (based on the the comments I heard around this little dog – he was a crowd pleaser)

    Tribute to Texas Firefighters by Sylvia Wilson
    Tribute to Texas Firefighters by Sylvia Wilson
    “To honor the fallen and to be grateful to our brothers and sisters still fighting”
    (I was very sad that this cake didn’t place, it’s another one of my favorites)

    a snake by Tracy Gamble
    Third Place for Sculpted Cakes
    (didn’t get the title, but it was a viper) by Tracy Gamble

    Flying J Ranch by Julana Phenix
    Second Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Flying J Ranch by Julana Phenix
    Business Name: Something Special Bakery

    F08
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Alien by Earl Vallery

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered category
    These are cakes with two or more tiers (stacked or tiered). Novelty/ special occasion cakes do not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.
    Crazy Shirt by Grace Goodwin
    Crazy Shirt by Grace Goodwin
    Business Name: Grace G. Cakes

    Love Forever by Grace Goodwin
    Love Forever by Grace Goodwin
    Business Name: Grace G. Cakes
    (I like this one)

    A Koi Cake by Megan Gibson
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    A Koi Cake by Megan Gibson

    Cajan Cooking by Tracy Gamble
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Cajan Cooking by Tracy Gamble
    (I was going to make fun of the spelling until I discovered that both Cajan and Cajun are correct)

    Cajan Cooking by Tracy Gamble - recipe cards
    (I love the edible recipe cards)

    A Light on a Hill by Karen Downey
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    A Light on a Hill by Karen Downey
    (See, this is a perfect example of why I wouldn’t make a very good judge. This entry was not my first pick for this category–or even my second choice–until today when I took closer look while editing the photos. The technical skill on this cake is excellent, and it also shows a wider range of skill than the other entries in the novelty tiered cakes category. I’d love to see what she’d do with a theme that I’m interested in. In fact, I can’t wait to see Karen’s entry for next year)

  • Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.
    Butterflies & Flowers by Bennie McDaniel
    Butterflies and Flowers by Bennie McDanielRetro Chic Wedding Cake by Edet Okon
    Retro Chic Wedding Cake by Edet Okon
    Business Name: Satin Slices

    Wedding entry for Professional Division
    Didn’t have data on this cake.

    Mad about Pearls by Yvette Humbert
    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Mad about Pearls by Yvette Humbert
    Business Name: Amazing Kakes

    Butterflies by Tracy Gamble
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Butterflies by Tracy Gamble

    Steel Magnolia by Mandy Popejoy
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Steel Magnolia by Mandy Popejoy
    Business Name: Mandy’s Cake Creations

  • 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. Only two entries.

    Shades of Chocolate by Sallia Brandy
    Second Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Shades of Chocolate by Sallia Brandy
    Business Name: Just Desserts

    Christening by Heather Domingue
    First Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Christening by Heather Domingue
    Business Name: Cake Goddess

  • Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    These are entries made 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. Once again, no cake. (Only three entries.)

    By Sylvia Wilson
    Third Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    (didn’t get the title) by Sylvia Wilson

    Fruit Dragons by Ashlee Trotter
    Second Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Fruit Dragons by Ashlee Trotter
    Notes from entry form: “I named them Elvis, Pinky and Fred.”

    Dancing Snake by Krishani Panagoda
    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Dancing Snake by Krishani Panagoda
    Business Name: Cake Stylez

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Advanced, part two

    Adult Advanced Division: 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.

    (There were too many entries to show to show all of them for these two categories, so the photos below are the ones I either liked, found interesting for some reason or another, or they placed in their category.)

  • Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    These are entries made 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. Once again, no cake.Sushi Anyone? By Jessica Meza
    Third Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Sushi Anyone? By Jessica Meza

    Miniature Rose Bouquet by Terry Martin
    Second Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Miniature Rose Bouquet by Terry Martin
    (this entire bouquet is a touch larger than my fist, but not by much)

    Faberge Egg by Sherry Brown
    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Faberge Egg by Sherry Brown

  • Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    These are cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.Butterflies by Ashley Atkinson
    Third Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Butterflies by Ashley Atkinson

    Brown & Turquoise Floral Fantasy by Debi Smoot
    Second Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Brown & Turquoise Floral Fantasy by Debi Smoot

    Seasonal Windows by April Farnum
    First Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Seasonal Windows by April Farnum
    (each window is a cookie that represents one of the four seasons)

    Seasonal Windows by April Farnum - Summer
    (The detail work on such a tiny scale is amazing)

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Advanced, part one

    Adult Advanced Division: 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.

    (There weren’t as many entries in the advanced level.)

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Single Tier category:
    Any non-tiered cake with a theme such as a Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. including one tier wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    Cherubs by Angela Palesano
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Cherubs by Angela Palesano
    Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice

    Royal Crown of Bavaria by Sherry Brown
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Royal Crown of Bavaria by Sherry Brown

    The Hunt by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    The Hunt by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard

  • Sculpted Cakes Category
    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.

    Grandpa's Study by Joy Longberg
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Grandpa’s Study by Joy Longberg

  • Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered category
    These are cakes with two or more tiers (stacked or tiered). Novelty/ special occasion cakes do not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    N05
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Find the Cure by Joshua Taylor

    Serenity Fountain by Sherry Brown
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Serenity Fountain by Sherry Brown

    Every Dog Has Its Day by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Every Dog Has Its Day by Don (Jon, Ion?) Beard

  • Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.

     by Sandra Ojong
    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    by Sandra Ojong

    Grayce by Ashley Atkinson
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Grayce by Ashley Atkinson

    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey
    This was my favorite wedding cake of this show.

    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey - flower
    The flowers were gorgeous.

    Pink Chocolate by Tammi Luckey - strings
    And look at the delicate (and evenly spaced) stringwork and bridge extension work. It just amazes me every time I look at it.

  • 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.

    A Starry Night by Tabitha Ballard
    A Starry Night by Tabitha Ballard
    Business Name: Cakes by Design

    Simple Elegance by Don Beard
    Third Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Simple Elegance by Don Beard
    (I seem to remember the roses as being purple, and I know my camera likes to show purple as blue, so I’m really not sure which one they are supposed to be)

    Love in Bloom by Don Beard
    Second Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Love in Bloom by Don Beard

    Bikini Bottom Bingo by Theresa Pipes
    First Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Bikini Bottom Bingo by Theresa Pipes

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate, part three

    Adult Intermediate Division: Developing skills. 2 to 4 years cake decorating experience; 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

  • Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    These are cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.

    With the exception of one entry, the Confections category was filled with cookies – even the egg entries were cookies. Since this is the first time I had ever entered a decorated item to That Takes the Cake (last year was the tasting competion), I’m going to post ALL the entries for this style. Sadly, I didn’t get the names of all the participants and pieces.

    High School Science Project
    High School Science Project (fondant on cookies)

    Oval Eggsellence
    Oval Eggsellence by Tracy Dahir
    (yes, it’s a cookie covered in fondant, and her husband made the nifty display for this and her other two entries)

    Cake Shop
    Cake Shop (another cool display – fondant on cookies)

    Swans
    Swans (fondant on cookies)

    Snowflakes
    Snowflakes by Tracy Dahir (fondant on cookies)

    Butterflys
    More butterflies (colorflow on cookies)

    Sushi
    Candy sushi

    Rocket Girl
    Third Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Rocket Girl by snarkygurl… that’s me! (colorflow on cookies)

    Oval Eggsellence - The Sequel
    Second Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Oval Eggsellence – The Sequel by by Tracy Dahir (fondant on cookie)

    Spring Day
    First Place for Confections Not-On-A-Cake
    Spring Day by Christie Stephens (awesomeness on cookies) (it’s really colorflow on cookies, but it’s awesome colorflow…)

  • 2010 Cake Show: Adult Beginner, part two

    Adult Beginner Division:

    Basic skills. Two years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less than 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

    (There were too many entries to show to show all of them, so the photos below are the ones I either liked, found interesting for some reason or another, or they placed in their category.)

    Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered category
    These are cakes with two or more tiers (stacked or tiered). Novelty/ special occasion cakes do not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.

    Chutes and Ladders - "Revisiting Childhood" by M. Cassandra Fairbanks
    Chutes and Ladders – “Revisiting Childhood” by M. Cassandra Fairbanks

    Games are another trend you’ll see during this year’s show.

    Cute as a Button by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
    Cute as a Button by Darlene “Casey” Rogers

    South Park: Bigger, Taller & Uncut by Dorothy Trainer
    South Park: Bigger, Taller & Uncut by Dorothy Trainer

    ET Dream by Liz Selman
    ET Dream by Liz Selman

    Sushi! Sushi! by Debbie Byers
    Sushi! Sushi! by Debbie Byers

    Stenciled Present by Chantelle Abruzzo
    Stenciled Present by Chantelle Abruzzo

    Wine Country by Chree Carr
    Wine Country by Chree Carr

    Dragon's Castle by Brenda Hamill
    Dragon’s Castle by Brenda Hamill

    Candyland by Holly Smith
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Candyland by Holly Smith

    Super Mario Birthday Bash by Mendy Lindsay
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Super Mario Birthday Bash by Mendy Lindsay

    Hat Boxes by Megan Thomas
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Hat Boxes by Megan Thomas
    Business: Meg’s Cake Shop

    Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.

    Starlight Night by Drew Padelecki
    Starlight Night by Drew Padelecki
    Business Name: AGS Cake Supply

    Jane Austen Book Wedding by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
    Jane Austen Book Wedding by Darlene “Casey” Rogers
    (normally I don’t care for the Regency look, but I’m all over this cake and I don’t even know why)

    A Floral Fantasy by Tara Harlow
    A Floral Fantasy by Tara Harlow
    (Pink. Very pink. I wonder what the isomalt gazing ball would look like with LEDs inside it for an evening wedding)

    A15A Japanese Wedding by Claire Miller
    Third Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    A Japanese Wedding by Claire Miller

    Moroccan Wedding Fantasy by Cassi Miles
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Moroccan Wedding Fantasy by Cassi Miles

    Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales
    Business Name: Sweethearts House of Cakes

    Now you may be thinking that this cake is covered in large, clumsy flowers and doesn’t deserve first place, but if you look closer…

    Spring Elegance by Tomas Rosales - closeup

    …you’ll see that all the decorations are supposed to look like embroidery.  The cake really does look better than my photos make it out to be.

    Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    These are entries made 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. Once again, no cake.

    Strawberry Shortcake by Tomas Rosales
    Third Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Strawberry Shortcake by Tomas Rosales
    Business Name: Sweethearts House of Cakes

    Ramen by Chris Suson Wingler
    Second Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Ramen by Chris Suson Wingler

    …drum roll, please….

    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake…

    …and First Place for the Adult Beginner Division…

    …and Best of Divisions (or best of show)…

    Wait for it…

     Space Wonders by Janet Barron
    First Place for Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake
    Space Wonders by Janet Barron

    Next to Kimberly Chapman’s cake (you’ll still have to wait for those photos), Janet’s sugar piece was the most unexpected and incredible entry this year.

     Space Wonders by Janet Barron - ship

    I love the floating astronaut.

     Space Wonders by Janet Barron - prize
    All her awards. What you don’t see are all the chef judges who wanted to talk to her after the show.