CAKE: Professional Division – Part Three

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.

First there was the Blue Horsey, and now there are horses with Gumby legs.

This wedding cake brings out all my girlie instincts.  In fact, I would LOVE to build a wedding around this cake if I weren't already married and still paying for my culinary school loans. 

And if I can't have this cake, I'd be willing to take the one below instead.

If you look closely, you'll notice that none of the polka-dots actually lie directly on the cake's surface.  There's a little drop of something that each dot rests on so there's a three dimensional look to the cake.

I don't think very many people noticed this, which is a shame.  It's the details like this that turn my reaction from "cool", to "Wow!"  And this was a wow cake.

When my Mom and I showed up early Saturday morning to check in my cake, this was the first thing that caught my eye.  The colors seemed like they were glowing in contrast to the chocolate fondant. I couldn't wait to come back later and examine it.

 This is another one of Lisette Vergara's cakes.  This one used a polymer clay technique for the flames.  The note on the card says she used a hydrogenated fat to make the designs.  When I asked her about it later, she said that she kneaded it into the fondant to keep it from drying out so fast.  Rumor has it that she'll be demonstrating this technique in one of the industry magazines later this year.

Now for my absolute favorite for this division:

I wish I had thought of this one first.

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CAKE: Adult Intermediate Division (Wedding Cakes, Special Techniques Not on a Cake, and Confections)

The Adult Intermediate Division is for decorators with developing skills, two to four years cake decorating experience, 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction. 

This post covers only some of the wedding cakes, special techniques, and confections entered in this division (these are the ones I either liked or found interesting for other reasons).

The petals on the roses of this cake were paper thin and the color is marvelous.  Too bad the leaves look like thick, cheap rubber. Other than that, this was a nice cake.

While this looks like a lopsided cake (another one calling itself "whimsical", which makes me cringe), it's actually considered a Special Technique not on Cake.  If you look closely, you can see that it's a gingerbread house.  A lopsided gingerbread house that is threatening to whimsically fall over and crush its competition.

Another Special Technique not on Cake, but I won't be making fun of this one.  Not only is it very well done, but the tiny little doves on the bird bath make me smile.  This one got an award.

Another Special Technique that won an award.

Molded chocolate that was hand painted.  It was amazing and one of my favorites.  I don't remember if it won second or third.

Seriously cute.

Is it still a cupcake if it's not in a wrapper?

Yes, these are cookies, and they won first place for Confections in this division.

The mendhi cookies were the other confection that won either second or third place.

And I'm adding this one, because I forgot to include it in the earlier post with the correct category:

Yep, rubber chickens trying to get a suntan at the beach.

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