Woo Hoo! I am a winner!

I'm an official winner!  My Chocolate Hazelnut Tiramisu placed 2nd in the International Favorites category for the Tasting Competition.

This is the cake:

This is what a slice would have looked like, but you'll need to imagine that the layers are neater and better defined, and there were thicker layers of chocolate ganache (had to submit the cake whole, so I didn't get a chance to get pictures of a slice–the slice below is from my last test cake).

And this is what my lovely, lovely award looks like:

I'm excited about next year's theme, and I'm going to enter a decorated cake since it's going to be about all things sci-fi.  Can't wait!

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The 5th Annual That Takes the Cake! Sugar Art Show

The winner of the showcake competition is Lisette Vergara with "Latin Rhythm"!  This cake is one of the two cakes that I was able to get photos of while they were being judged, which makes it even cooler since she won.  She also placed with three other pieces, one of which I will be posting later as it was another of my favorites. 

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