2011 Cake Show: Adult Advanced Division

Adult Advanced

More refined skills. 4 to 6 years cake decorating experience; 60 to 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. Open to all styles.

***I somehow missed the majority of the entries for this division. I have no idea how that happened, but you can check out That Takes the Cake’s site for a slide show anytime you want to see all the winners.***

I should probably mention that if you click on the picture, it will take you to a larger image.

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.
 
 
Safari Engagement Extravaganza

1st Place
Title: Safari Engagement Extravaganza
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes

This was the only entry for the Novelty Tiered category. So here are some more photos of it ( you can tell I really like her work and you’ll have a better understanding of why in just a moment).
 
Safari Engagement Extravaganza - top
 
Safari Engagement Extravaganza - painted
 
 

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

cherry blossoms 2

1st Place
Title: Oriental Fantasy
(not sure that last word is correct, it looked like “Frantarcy” on the entry form and it’s either Fantasy, or some obscure word I’m not familiar with)
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
 
 
Romanticism
 

Romanticism - left

2nd Place
Title: Romanticism
The cake represents different locations of a Boguese [sic] Mansion. The top is a replica of a statue at the mansion.
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
It took some searching, but I think she was referring to the Villa Borghese. The sculpture at the top of the cake looks like Bernini’s Pluto and Proserpina, but with a lot more fabric to cover up the naughty bits.

While her printing on all her entry forms suck, her painting is absolutely amazing. And she’s not even finished winning yet.
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 

Norene

Title: Norene
by Ashley Atkinson
 
 
Spring Awakening

Title: Spring Awakening
by Carley King
There was a note by the cake that said the monogram at the top of the cake had broken in transit.
 
 

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.
 
I didn’t get any photos of the winners. But I did get another Peacock cakes that had a design I really liked. It was made by the winner of second place in this category.
 
Henna

Title: Henna
by Tabitha Ballard
Business Name: Cakes by Design
 
 

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.
 
 
My Flute Geisha

1st Place
Title: My Flute Geisha
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
 
 
Metropolis Mayhem

2nd Place
Title: Metropolis Mayhem
Spiderman and Catwoman in New York City
by Janet Barron
Business Name: Exquisite Sugar
 
Metropolis Mayhem - closeup

Am I the only one confused by the combination of Catwoman with Spiderman, as well as the reference to both Metropolis AND New York City? (Yes, I’m aware that Metropolis is supposed to be NYC, but why mention both? And once again, yes I am aware that there have been crossovers between DC and Marvel in the past… but that doesn’t make this any less awkward.)
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 

Confections Not-On-A-Cake: Cupcakes, cookies, candy, chocolate, etc. An individual entry, not on a cake.
 
All the winners this year were cookie designs.
 
 
Zinnia Fairy

1st Place
Title: Zinnia Fairy
by Susie Araya
Business Name: Susie’s Victorian Cakes
 
 
(No photos of second place for this category.)
 
 
Drummin Bear

3rd Place
Title: Drummin’ Bear
by Tracy Dahir
 
 
Happy Easter

Title: Happy Easter!
by unknown (if anyone knows the artist’s name, please leave me a comment)
 

2011 Cake Show: Adult Intermediate Division, part two

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 had to break it up into three posts so I can include all the cakes I liked. This is part two with Wedding, Buttercream Only, and Special Techniques.

***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.
 
 
Red Romance

1st Place
Title: Red Romance
by Rocio Gonzalez
 
 
East Meets West Wedding

2nd Place
Title: East Meets West Wedding
by Angela Chin Negron
This is one of my favorite wedding cakes this year.
 
 
(No photos of third place for this category.)
 
 
Windows of Love

Title: Windows of Love
by Yunita Mowry
 
 
Ivory Bliss

Title: Ivory Bliss
by Amanda M. Estrada
 
 

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.
 
 
Grandmothers Garden

1st Place
Title: Grandmother’s Garden
by Brianna DiLorenzo
 
 
Scooby-Doo

2nd Place
Title: Scooby-Doo
by Rachel O’Kon
 
 

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.
 
 
Tuskarr of Northrend

1st Place
Title: Tuskarr of Northrend
Walrus Humanoid with Spear (World of Warcraft)
by Chris Suson Wingler
While this is an amazing piece of work, I also have to admit I find humanoid walruses with codpieces funny. Thank you Chris, for giving me the opportunity to be able to say that.
 
Tuskarr of Northrend butt

Oh! And how about that walrus butt?
 

I somehow didn’t get photos of the second and third place winner for this category. (I thought I did. I must be losing it.)
 

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
 
 
Tangled

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
 
 
Peacock

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.
 
 

2011 Cake Show: Culinary Student Division

Culinary Student

Current culinary school students. 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.***

 
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.
 
 

Woven Purse

1st Place
Title: Woven Purse
by Galyna Goeson
 
 
Ironman Sculpted Cake

2nd Place
Title: Ironman Sculpted Cake
by Sabrina Hunt
“White cake buttercream sculpted cace after battle w/Captain America.”
 
 
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.
 

She's Got a Secret

1st Place
Title: She’s Got a Secret
by Amanda Majors
 
 
Ghost Rider

2nd Place
Title: Ghost Rider
by Gina Marie Rios
The flames look more like orange dreads, but I love it anyway.
 
 
I didn’t get a photo of third place, but it was made by Neisha Harendt
 
 
Cherry Blossom

Title: Cherry Blossom
by Whitney Mitchel

 
 
Lace Debutant Cake

Title: Lace Debutant Cake
by Sabrina Hunt
 
 

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

Harlequin Romance

2nd Place
Title: Harlequin Romance
by Russell Murphy
 
 
I didn’t get photos of the first or third place winners because there wasn’t anything about them that caught my eye. Actually, that’s not true about the first place winner – I really hated that entry. Why can’t anyone create a shell-themed cake that doesn’t look like it belongs in an old lady’s bathroom? I probably should have used that as a reason to take a picture of it anyway. That’s something to remember for next year.
 
 

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.
 

Calla Lily Shoe

1st Place
Title: Calla Lily Shoe
by Galyna Goeson
This is a perfect example of missing something the first time through. This piece was displayed so that it looked like two partial blossoms with a long leaf. The second day, it was turned around so that I could tell it was supposed to be a shoe. A very nice shoe.
 
 
Flowers of our Lady of Guadalupe

2nd Place
Title: Flowers of our Lady of Guadalupe
by Yolanda Segovia Jones
 
 
Dead of the Day

3rd Place
Title: Dead of the Day Sugar Skull
by Gina Marie Rios
She seems to have a thing for skulls…
 

Day 1: Vegas 2010

Seven years ago, Steve and I got hitched in Las Vegas (we didn’t elope, and we were joined by our family and friends). This year, we’re spending our anniversary in Vegas as well.

Aladdin Casino - 2003

Our honeymoon resort was the Aladdin, where Elvis got married. We had a view of the strip, even from our large bathtub (the bathroom was the same size as the rest of our suite too). The Aladdin was replaced by Planet Hollywood a while back. Don’t know what the rooms look like, but they really improved the inside of the casino.

Our wedding cake was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law. She had seen something about Freed’s Bakery on the Food Network and wanted to order our cake from them. It was a white cake with strawberry and baverian cream filling. Since we didn’t think the cake topper was going to come in on time – we had flowers put on top instead.

Our Wedding Cake from Freed's Bakery - 2003

For our anniversary, we’re going to stop by the bakery later this week for some pastries.

Since today’s our actual anniversary, we hit Bellagio’s buffet for dinner.  We’re not big buffet people, but Bellagio’s is one of the two we hit every trip out here.  Tonight I only had a little dinner and then went nuts with their desserts.

Bellagio Buffet Desserts

These were my three favorites. A raspberry chocolate mousse-filled cone, creme brulee (not too sweet), and a dark chocolate raspberry mousse cake. This was also my second plate.

One the way back to our resort, we stopped by the famous Las Vegas sign for a few quick photos.

Las Vegas Sign

Denny’s had free wi-fi, so that’s where we are right now, and we’ll be here a lot throughout the rest of the week. I’m fading fast and keep falling asleep while typing this, so that’s about it. So sleepy. Gotta pry Steve away from his computer…