2011 Cake Show: Adult Professional Division, part two

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.***

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

1st Place
Title: Victorian Elegance
by Kim Trahan
Business Name: Sweet Sensations by Kim
Victorian Elegance - close up
(No photos of second place for this category.)
Vintage Charm

3rd Place
Title: Vintage Charm
by Laura Summersett
Business Name: Custom Cakes by Laura

Special Techniques Not-On-A-Cake: Entries 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.
Faces of Carnival

I’m beginning to recognize Lisette’s work when she’s experimenting with polymer techniques with fondant.

1st Place
Title: Faces of Carnaval
by Lisette D. Vergara
Inspired by Alice Stroppel’s polymer clay art. The faces are the composite of smaller canes forming the eyes, eyebrows, mouth, etc. Thin slices are then cut reveling the face design. The hair styles as well as the gowns all display different techniques to roll fondant in canes.
Thomas the Tank Engine

2nd Place
Title: Thomas the Tank Engine
by Jennifer McClintick
(No photos of third place for this category.)

Hero's in a Half Shell

Title: Hero’s in a Half Shell
by Leslie Martinez
Business Name: Cakes by Leslie

Confections Not-On-A-Cake: Cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.
The Ugly Bug Ball

1st Place
Title: The Ugly Bug Ball
by Shabina Chaudhry
Business Name: Ruth’s Sweete Justice, Oklahoma City
Garfield Comic Strip

2nd Place
Title: Garfield Comic Strip
Jim Davis Replica of Garfield Comic Strip
by Leslie Martinez
Business Name: Cakes by Leslie
(No photos of third place for this category.)

That’s it for the Professional Division, now on the the Masters.

Felix the Cake

Felix the Cake

This is a half-sheet sized cake that is frosted buttercream with a fondant decoration. The cake is half yellow with strawberry and cream cheese filling and half chocolate with ganache and chocolate cream cheese filling.

Felix the Cat

Felix the Cat is made of fondant. The black part is homemade MM chocolate fondant, while I used a Satin Ice sample I was given for all the white and other colored parts of Felix and his bag.

Baby Shower Cake

Now that I’m receiving more request for fondant cakes, I’m learning how to make my own fondant.  Right now I’m still at the marshmallow fondant level, which is much better than store bought, but not great.  Some friends from work who’ve commissioned some of my best cakes wanted a gender neutral baby shower cake for a very traditional couple.  That meant no spaceships, cthulhu, or movie and music tribute cakes like I normally design for them.

The theme was baby farm animals and the color was a  light brown with the baby boy and girl colors (the photos didn’t come out quite right this time for some reason.  It’s as if the more expensive the camera is, the crappier my photos turn out).

Baby Shower Cake 02

Baby Shower Sheep Cake - tail

More sheep, crappy lighting

The sheep was the cutest thing I could think of that I’d want on a cake, so I went with that.  It wasn’t until about a week later that I found out the couple the shower was for also work at my company and that I’d met them before.  That’s always fun.

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 (fondant on cookies)

    Snowflakes by Tracy Dahir (fondant on cookies)

    More butterflies (colorflow on cookies)

    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…)