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 Intermediate Division, part one

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.

There were so many entries in this division that I’m breaking it up into three posts so I can include all the cakes I liked, plus talk about my own entry (who’s going to brag if I don’t?).

***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.
I didn’t get any photos of the first and second place winners. I’m actually kinda surprised by that since the first place winner had a tiny rose bouquet on top of the cake that was beautifully done, and I’m such a sucker for well-done roses.

3rd Place
Title: Coraline
by Summer Frace´
A mouse from Coraline

The thread texture is amazing, but Summer said it was a happy accident:

“I used a clay extruder and the fondant I used was something I’ve never used before. It was Chocopan and it was really dry and crumbly. I was initially going to cover the entire cake and then adhere the thread to that, but I couldn’t get it to cover. It was a nightmare and I was so upset. So I just put the thread directly on the buttercream and it was so dry and weird, it just came out like that. It looks really cool, but it was pure luck.”

Her Royal Highness

Title: Her Royal Highness
by Kelly Masters
Business Name: Cake Boss

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.
Soft Landings

1st Place
Title: Soft Landings
by Angie Swearengin
Sorting Hat

2nd Place
Hogwarts Sorting Hat
by Melinda Plunk
(Photo was submitted by the cake artist.)
Worst Cake Ever

3rd Place
Title: Worst Cake Ever
by Chris Suson Wingler
Super Hero Cupcake Truck

Title: Super Hero Cupcake Truck
by Irma Arenivar
I thought it was funny. And it even has Wi Fi!
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.


1st Place
Title: Superheroes
by Nancy Villarreal
15-Henna Peacock

2nd Place
Title: Henna Peacock
by Kelly Smith
(No photos of third place for this category.)
Super Heros United

Title: Super Hero’s United
by Rachel O’Kon
Irish Spring

Title: Irish Spring
by Casey Rogers
The Mad Hatters Hat

Title: The Mad Hatters Hat
by Peggy Higgins
Pink Ribbon Ladies

Title: Pink Ribbon Ladies
by Rocio Gonzalez
CAV Super Sweetheart

Title: CAV Super Sweetheart
“Prepared to defend the homefront, CAV Super Sweetheart tackels the world armed with her silver spurs & golden shield. Always loyal to her trooper, she protects his CAV stetson while counting down deployments.”
(Ft. Hood, TX is the 1st Cavalry Division’s base of operation.)
I don’t have the artist’s name, so if anyone knows, please leave me a comment.

Showcake Category Winners (places 1st through 5th)

5th Place Showcake

poison ivy

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy
by Peggy Higgins

4th Place Showcake

Bedtimes Stories

Bedtimes Stories

Bedtimes Stories
by Cynthia Bayne

3rd Place Showcake

Fantastic Four - Meteorite Madness!

Fantastic Four - Meteorite Madness!

Fantastic Four – Meteorite Madness!
by Mariana McEnroe

2nd Place Showcake

Fangirl Wolverine Ultra-Cake

Wolverine close up

Fangirl Wolverine Ultra-Cake
by Kimberly Chapman

And because this is Kimberly we’re talking about, I’m posting photos of all the little fangirl details she included in her showcake:

Wolverine Fangirl Text 1

Wolverine Fangirl Text 2

Wolverine Fangirl Text 3

Wolverine Fangirl Text 4

Wolverine Fangirl Text 5

Woverine side cake 2

Woverine side cake 3

Woverine side cake 4

Wolverine nipples on a cake.

1st Place Showcake



Brian Stevens
If you take a close look at the chain draped around Spawn, it’s all piped royal icing around a thin wire, or something similar. I’m amazed that that level of skill.