2010 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate, part one

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.

(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 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.

    Box of Roses by Anne Lewis
    Box of Roses by Anne Lewis
    (I’m a sucker for gumpaste flowers, probably because I can’t make them.)

    Monopoly by LaTasha Perry
    Monopoly by LaTasha Perry

    Flourish by Bobbie Byrd
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Flourish by Bobbie Byrd

    Bedtime by Kelley Masters
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Bedtime by Kelley Masters

    Farm Friends by Rocio Gonzalez
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Farm Friends by Rocio Gonzalez
    (is it bad that I keep going all girly over these little animals?)

  • 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.

    Ina's French Kitchen by Jolie Ortiz
    Ina’s French Kitchen by Jolie Ortiz

    Hulk by Nathen Verastegui(?)
    Hulk by Nathen Verastegui(?)

    Wedding Day by Barbie Wiley
    Wedding Day by Barbie Wiley
    Business Name: Be My Cupcake

    Bivalve Built for a Few by Wendy Westfaul(?)
    Bivalve Built for a Few by Wendy Westfaul(?)
    (another name I can’t quite read)

    Alien by Rocio Gonzalez
    Third Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Alien by Rocio Gonzalez

    Dadgum by Toni Bruner
    Second Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Dadgum by Toni Bruner

    Dragon Dance by Nancy Castillo
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Dragon Dance by Nancy Castillo

  • 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.

    SUPRISE!  Happy Birthday by Doralou Brown
    SUPRISE! Happy Birthday by Doralou Brown
    (I spelled it the same way as it was on the form because I never know if it was done on purpose or not.)

    Flowers Abound! by Carley King
    Flowers Abound! by Carley King
    (really like the colors in this one)

    Pretty Paisley by Judy Ramsey
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Pretty Paisley by Judy Ramsey

    Masquerade Ball by Stacie Bodenmiller
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Masquerade Ball by Stacie Bodenmiller

    Little Baby Girl by Rocio Gonzalez
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Little Baby Girl by Rocio Gonzalez
    (the little girl on top reminds me of the daughter in the webcomic Mangled Stare)

  • 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.

    2010 Cake Show: Adult Beginner, Part One

    Now we are getting into the larger groups.  I’ll split them up where appropriate, but please be patient because I have over 900 photos to go through and I want to make sure everyone gets credit for their entries.  If I misspell your name, it’s because your handwriting sucks.

    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 One 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.

    Superman Birthday by Jaime L. Hammond
    Superman Birthday by Jaime L. Hammond
    Business Name: The Cake Darling

    Painted Ponies by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
    Painted Ponies by Darlene “Casey” Rogers

    The Right Step by Minok Sun
    The Right Step by Minok Sun
    (The Converse shoe cake is very popular and you see at least one every year.)

    Business Daddy by Johnny Cano
    Business Daddy by Johnny Cano
    (I like this one a lot.)

    Lego Themed Birthday Cake by Veronica Peralta
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Lego Themed Birthday Cake by Veronica Peralta

    Pink/Brown Whimsey by Chantelle Abruzzo
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Pink/Brown Whimsey by Chantelle Abruzzo

    That Takes the Cake Bunny Patch by by Darlene "Casey" Rogers
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    That Takes the Cake Bunny Patch by by Darlene “Casey” Rogers

    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.

    Stargate by Jennifer Phillips
    Stargate by Jennifer Phillips

    Who Came First? by Daphne Powers
    Who Came First? by Daphne Powers
    (I’m adding this for you, Yvette!)

    Lego Indiana Jones by Stephanie Robertson
    Lego Indiana Jones by Stephanie Robertson

    Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar by Jennifer Lambardino
    Third Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar by Jennifer Lambardino

    You’ll notice that Alice in Wonderland will be one of this year’s trends, along with sushi and dragons.

    The Seller by Diane Elizondo
    Second Place for Sculpted Cakes
    The Seller by Diane Elizondo

    Maneki Neko by Chris Suson Wingler
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Maneki Neko by Chris Suson Wingler
    (so cute!)

    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.

    Cake or Death? by Kristi Kennedy
    Cake or Death? by Kristi Kennedy
    (I love this cake and title. Now I need to watch the video again)

    Rodeo by Brenda Hamill
    Third Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Rodeo by Brenda Hamill

    Catch of the Day by Mendy Lindsay
    Second Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Catch of the Day by Mendy Lindsay

    A Grandmother's Love by Brianna DiLorenzo
    First Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    A Grandmother’s Love by Brianna DiLorenzo
    (the heart is so Lambethy… filled with beautiful, beautiful Lambethishness)

    Stay tuned for part two of Adult Beginners.

    2010 Cake Show: Culinary Student Division

    Culinary Student Division: Current culinary school students. 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 or found interesting for some reason or another.)

    Special Occasion or Novelty One 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.

    Men in Black by Geri Terry
    Men in Black by Geri Terry

    A Very Merry Unbirthday by Stephanie Estes
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    A Very Merry Unbirthday by Stephanie Estes

    Rolling Thunder by Austin Foster
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Rolling Thunder by Austin Foster

    Fairy Village by Nancy Villarrea
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty One Tier
    Fairy Village by Nancy Villarreal

    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.

    Handy Manny & Tools in the Bakery by Maria Ipiña
    Third Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Handy Manny & Tools in the Bakery by Maria Ipiña

    Up-House by Frances Nesbitt
    Second Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Up-House by Frances Nesbitt

    Mike the Tiger by Laura-Kate Amrhein
    First Place for Sculpted Cakes
    Mike the Tiger by Laura-Kate Amrhein

    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.

    Wizard of Oz by Tami Gonzales
    Wizard of Oz by Tami Gonzales
    (I really liked this one and wished it had placed.)

    Bird Lover by Nancy Villarreal
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Bird Lover by Nancy Villarreal

    Barnyard Birthday Bash by Nikki DeLong
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Barnyard Birthday Bash by Nikki DeLong

    Tea House by Dawn Smith-Hasser
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered Cakes
    Tea House by Dawn Smith-Hasser

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

    I somehow missed third place, sorry about that.

    My Wedding Cake by Nancy Villarreal
    Second Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    My Wedding Cake by Nancy Villarreal

    Happy Ever After by Eleonora Tamayo
    First Place for Wedding Tiered Cakes
    Happy Ever After by Eleonora Tamayo

    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.

    Valentine's Day Cake by Dana Gorman
    Third Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Valentine’s Day Cake by Dana Gorman

    Garden of Love by Leah Tackitt
    Second Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Garden of Love by Leah Tackitt

    Happy Easter! by Laura-Kate Amrhein
    First Place for Buttercream Only Cakes
    Happy Easter! by Laura-Kate Amrhein

    2010 Cake Show: Teen Division

    Teen Division: 13 years to 17 years. Each teen must bake, ice, and decorate their own entry. Open to all styles.

    There were only three Teen entries and they were all for the 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.

    Mad Hat
    Third Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered: Mad Hat
    (no name was attached to the entry form)

    Ace of Diamonds
    Second Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered: Ace of Diamonds
    (no name was attached to the entry form)

    A Day 'n Night by Sarah Trcka
    First Place for Special Occasion or Novelty Tiered: A Day ‘n Night by Sarah Trcka