2011 Cake Show: Adult Professional Division, part one

Adult Professional

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.

***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.
(No photos of first place for this category.)

Floral Birthday

2nd Place
Title: Floral Birthday
by Carol Philips
I wish I could make a cake that looks this clean and precise. I mean take a closer look. It’s flawless.

Floral Birthday - extensions
Surf Shack

3rd Place
Title: Surf Shack
by Sylvia Wilson
Spring is Here

Title: Spring is here
by Mandy Popejoy
Business Name: Sweet Insanity
Spring is Here - closeup of rings

This is a Lambeth style cake with lots of rings and extensions/stringwork. I took the picture because it reminded me of the inside of the people mover in front of Bally’s in Las Vegas.

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.
Hawaiian Lava Dragon

1st Place
Title: Hawaiian Lava Dragon
Dragon climbing lava rock mountain of Kauai
by Sylvia Wilson
3-Hawaiian Lava Dragon - closeup

Normally I don’t like my dragons to be adorable, but he’s SO CUTE!!!
The Thing

2nd Place
Title: The Thing
The Thing – Superhero from the Fantastic Four Cake
by Earl Vallery
The Thing - close

I was fascinated by this cake. It looked like a squat, orange demonic frog was rising from the smashed pavement.

3rd Place
Title: Carousel
A whimsical cake suspended above the board.
Made in honor of the Cake Carousle for all their support since I started taking classes there 1 1/2 years ago 🙂
by Joy Longberg

Am I the only person who thinks that this looks kinda like a snake/horse hybrid?

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.
Day of the Dead - with flash

1st Place
Title: Day of the Dead
by Ashlee Trotter
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice, Oklahoma City

Beautifully done cake. Even my Mom, who dislikes Day of the Dead themes or even skulls, thought this was a striking cake. Too bad I wasn’t able to get a very good photo of it. The flash reflected off the blank fondant too much and made the red rather garish, and not using a flash washed out all the color.

(No photos of second place for this category.)
Swan Lake

3rd Place
Title: Swan Lake
by Joy Longberg
While this cake is busy and way too much like something my Grandmother would have enjoyed – there was something about it that I liked. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s there.

Swan Lake - close up


Title: Flowers
by Marcy Rongel
Business Name: Baby Cakes by Marcy
Another one I liked, though I can’t tell you why….
The back of Octopus with Ketel One

Title: The cake that has an incredible hand-painted mural and one small octopus that caused me to become good friends with Ketel One, the vodka and not the company

That really is the title. The description says “see entry title”.

Oh, and it gets better. Here’s the explanation for the techniques used:
“Hand pointed cocoa butter mural, hand molded modeling chocolate octopus, and a 3 colored buttercream starrry night that came about one night that I was so drunk that I started eating the dragees.”
Octopus with Ketel One

by Stephanie Funky George
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery

Now I really want to meet the people who work at Ruth’s Sweete Justice Bakery.

The Adult Professional wedding cakes, buttercream only, special technique, and confection are coming up next.

CAKE: Professional Division – Part Two

The Professional Division is for decorators with a high level of skills, more than six years cake decorating experience, and more than 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction.

There were a lot of entries, but the photos below are the ones I found interesting.

The flowers on this cake are very nice, and I'm a sucker for gum paste flowers.  Probably because I'm not very good at them myself.

I really need to find a class that doesn't take place in the middle of my work shift.

More flowers!

This one has flowers AND string work.  I'm impressed by string work even more than flowers, and it's even more challenging to do, as you'll see in the Masters division. Sadly, by Sunday many of the strings had broken off of this one, which may have had something to do with it being place on the end of the display tables. 

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Recent Cakes

This is a full sheet cake made for someone's 50th birthday.  Originally, she wanted a large cake cut in the shape of the number 50; then she just wanted the number 50 to take up the entire cake.  After working out the design, she called again and added all the text to the cake.  The colors of the roses and borders were also at her request.  I decided to add silver leaves to tie in the silver numbers.  The only thing that I really don't like is my handwriting…. it kinda looks as though a teenager is writing in her diary. That's one of the many things I need to work on.

Evan is the son of our friends, so I make his cake every year… although it's also partly because he's severely allergic to nuts and I'm willing to de-nut my kitchen for them.  This year Kathleen wanted to incorporate some Hotwheels that she bought for Evan and I just worked around that theme.  You can see with the cars in the second photo.

This is my first attempt at a tiered cake.  My family celebrates my sister-in-law's birthday, my dad's birthday, and Mother's Day all on the same day–so I thought this would be a great time to experiment.  Looking at it, I see a lot of flaws: The lines for the branches are too thick and not sharp enough, the flowers are not tinted naturally, and the top tier was wobbly.  But it was fun to do even if the flowers took two hours to make.  It's a chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting, fudge frosting, and flowers made of fondant.  It didn't do too well on the drive to my parent's house, and my brother sticking his finger in the side where some of the icing started to slide down due to the heat didn't help any… in fact, it led to a wrestling match in the kitchen before my Mom kicked us both out.  It was a fun evening.

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