2011 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate Division, part three

Adult Intermediate

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

And finally it’s time for the one category that I actually entered this year (I was supposed to also enter the Buttercream Only category and the Tasting Division/Soda Category–my recipe for rootbeer cake turned out fabulous–but there just wasn’t enough time to finish either one).

Confections Not-On-A-Cake: Cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.
All the Confection Entries for Intermediate

This year, there were seven entries in the Confections Not-On-A-Cake category.
Butterfly Garden

Title: Butterfly Garden
by Leah Tackitt
Truth, Justice, and the Cupcake Way

Title: Truth, Justice, and the Cupcake Way
by Irma Arenivar
Spring has blommed

Title: Spring has blommed [sic]
by Irma Arenivar
Jungle Babies

Title: Jungle Babies
by Rachel O’Kon
day of the dead cookies

3rd Place
Title: Dia de los Muertos Cookies
by Kelly Guerra
Blog Name: Billa Cakes
Another Day of the Dead entry, and it’s one of the better ones too. She was the one I was worried about since everyone already knew who would place first.
The Crimson Chin Multi-verse

2nd Place
Title: The Crimson Chin Multi-verse
The comic book superhero from Nickelodeon’s Fairly Oddparents’ cartoon–voiced by Jay Leno.
“Let’s get mandibular!”
by Somara Maggi

That’s me! Last year they awarded third place to Maggie Somara, so this year I made sure to label which part of my name was the first name and which part was the last name on my entry form. It worked.

I had originally planned on doing a time-line of Wonder Woman’s design changes in cookie form until I watched a Fairly Oddparents’ episode that had quite a few different versions of the Crimson Chin (each one was a parody of standard comic book character designs throughout the decades). I couldn’t resist. Steve was worried that Crimson Chin cookies would be too obscure for the judges, but they really didn’t care. Besides, there were already way too many Wonder Woman entries at the show this year.
From a Fairys Perspective

1st Place
Title: From a Fairy’s Perspective
by Peggy Higgins

I will be perfectly honest here. My first thought about this entry was that this should have been in the Special Techniques category, because it looked like the only cookie used was the white and green base. So here was a gorgeous entry that was going to kick my entry’s ass and it shouldn’t even be competing against me to begin with. But you know what? I was so very, very wrong.
From a Fairy's Perspective - close

If you take a closer look, you’ll see that the leaves are cookies. So are the mushroom caps and stepping stones. I don’t know about the fairy house, but after all the rest, it really doesn’t matter.

So yeah, Peggy definitely deserved first place, and I didn’t mind losing to her at all.
Now for more photos of my work…

Piped cookies, but not flooded yet.
Ready to travel

Crimson Chins packed up for transport.
Crimson Chin Cookie

Close up of the current version of Crimson Chin.

2011 Cake Show: Adult Beginner Division, part two

Adult Beginner

Basic skills. 2 years or less decorating experience; self-taught or less then 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. 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.***

There were so many entries in this division that I had to break this in to two different posts so I could include all the cakes I liked. This is part two.

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.
Bird vs Pig
Bird vs Pig  - The little angry birds
Bird vs Pig - the BIG angry bird

1st Place
Title: Bird vs. Pig
by Laura Finlay
I would pay lots of money for this cake. Unfortunately, if I got it for one nephew, then all the others would want one too….
Artsy Fartsy Cake

2nd Place
Title: Artsy Fartsy Cake
Art themed cake inspired by Pollock, Picasso, Mondrian, Matisse, and Warhol
by Renee Main
Business Name: Dessert Gallery
Millys Sweet Creations

3rd Place
Title: Milly’s Sweet Creations
by Mildred Almon
Business Name: Milly’s Sweet Creations
Pink Girl's Birthday

(no title)
by Lisa Fitch
Clapping Monkey

Title: Clapping Monkey
by Suzi Carmona
This was a scary little cake. Although that may have something to do with the original clapping monkey doll creeping me out too. I’d have to stab this cake a few times through it’s cold little heart a few times before I could eat it.
Masquerade Birthday Celebration

Title: Masquerade Birthday Celebration!
by Madelline Garza
Cowboy Monkey

Title: Cowboy Monkey
by Angela Gerlich
Business Name: Sugar Sweet Creations

Title: Tangled
by Shweta Gupta
The Amazon Princess

Title: The Amazon Princess
by Dorthy Trainer
This is probably the best of all the Wonder Woman cakes at the show.
Birds of Generosity

Title: Birds of Generosity
by Jenn Griffith
Pink Victorian Birthday

Title: Pink Victorian Birthday
(I didn’t get the name of who made this sweet little cake.)
Delft Dutch Cake

Title: Delft Dutch Cake
by Daphne Powers
My 30th Birthday Cake

Title: My 30th Birthday Cake
by Jennifer Whiteley (writing wasn’t clear, so not sure about the spelling of her last name)

Wedding Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.
(No photos of first place for this category.)
Burgundy Yellow Wedding Cake

2nd Place
Title: Burgundy/Yellow Wedding Tiered Cake
by Mildred Almon
Business Name: Milly’s Sweet Creations
Color Luminance

3rd Place
Title: Color Luminance
by M. Cassandra Fairbanks
Business Name: http://cakesbycassandra.weebly.com
And yes, there are LEDs running up the center of the cake.

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.
How does your Garden Grow

1st Place
Title: “How does your Garden Grow?”
by M. Cassandra Fairbanks
Business Name: http://cakesbycassandra.weebly.com

2nd Place
Title: Peacocks
by Shweta Gupta
This is the first of many peacock cakes in the show.
(No photos of third place for this category.)

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.
I only got a photo of the second place winner for this category… plus one entry that didn’t place–but that I liked anyway.
Baby Dresses and Aprons

2nd Place
Title: Baby Dresses and Aprons
by Shweta Gupta
The Perfect Bridal Bouquet

Title: The Perfect Bridal Bouquet
by Jennifer Whiteley

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

Cat and the Fiddle

1st Place
Title: Cat and the Fiddle
by Deborah Reaves
Cheries Spring Shoe Line

2nd Place
Title: Cherie’s Spring Shoe Line
by Heather Fox
No third place photos.

And that’s it for the Adult Beginner’s Division.

Leila’s First Birthday

The theme for Leila’s birthday was Pink Mod Monkey (not sure what the ‘mod’ was about).   The quarter-sheet cake was strawberry with buttercream frosting and marshmallow fondant decorations.

Pink Mod Monkey

I also made a 6″ round cake for Leila to squish that matched the monkey theme.

Baby Cake

I’d say she liked it.

1st Birthday - 1
What’s this?

1st Birthday - 2
Hmmmm, sweet…

1st Birthday - 3
Maybe this isn’t too bad.

1st Birthday - 4
Hey mom! Can you help me with the hat? No more of this dainty stuff.

1st Birthday - 5
Aw yeah, fists full of sugar…

1st Birthday - 6

CAKE: Professional Division – Part One

There was an Adult Advanced division, but there were only a few cakes and none of them were very interesting.

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.


…with a discarded banana peel behind him…

It's supposed to be a birthday cake, but all I see is a clown hat.  A very feminine clown hat.

I wish I had a better photo of the Blue Meanies at the bottom of the cake.

While I'm not sure I'd be willing to eat it, it was impressive… and large.

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