Monday, April 6, 2009

First Ever Cake Contest!

I finally had the chance to be involved in a cake contest. While I was back in the states I went to a cake contest/ show and it was so powerful. I got such influence and great inspiration from those cakes. Well, you could only imagine how excited I was when I heard there was going to be a cake contest in my area. The cake contest was going to be the weekend that I got back from California. I would have 2 days to fly in to Oki, bake a cake, color all my fondant, cover and ice my cake, then make all the detail work for my cake. It was crazy! However, I was up for the challenge, and mentally prepared.

The week came that I was flying home to Oki and I needed to start in on my cake. I made a chocolate cake with strawberry chocolate buttercream icing and filling. It didn't really taste as great as I wanted it too, but it would have to do because I didn't have time to change it. My idea was "Under the Sea". I was thinking mermaid, fish and tons of coral....

Ok so the contest was judged by how you decorate your cake and also taste. I knew I wasn't going to win taste over, so I needed to win decoration! Well, you had to decorate at the show and had an hour to do so... heres the progress shots, and the final outcome....

This is me getting started on my cake stacking.

I believe I was placing the Octopus on the cake.

I was trying to keep from talking to my husband (who was taking the photos), we were not aloud to talk to anyone.

Putting some detail on the cake... probably coral at that point.

Rolling fondant in my hand for more coral pieces.

This is the runner up....What do you all think? (The background I believe is hand painted).

The 3rd place winner. Black fondant... she crazy!!!!

This is the first place cake...What do you all think?

And finally my 2nd place winning cake!

This is my octopus up close.

My mermaid (and she is sitting on half the cake because we had to cut pieces for the judges.)

The front of the cake after being cut.

And thats me with my 2nd place cake... finished!

Ok, now you all get to comment on what you think and how well you think I did!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Its Bath Time!

Hey everyone, I know I haven't been keeping up with this blog lately, but I AM BACK! Ok so heres why.

I left for the states in mid February to go see family! My cousin was getting married, my mother was missing me, my sister and I needed to catch up, and most of all I needed to be in CALI for awhile! I needed the vacation just as much as my mother Elizabeth did, and everyone else who took me in and hangout with me in the time that I spent out there. If I can I'll upload some photos from my trip, so you all believe me!

Well, of course when you go back to your home town everyone wants to see you! However, everyone wanted to see what cake I was going to make! My old supervisor at my old job in California, was having a baby and my best friend was throwing a surprise party. So guess what I made, yep thats right, THE CAKE! Who would have thought. The theme was ducks, and she was expecting a baby boy so blue was definetly essential. Well, anyways without further ado here it is the Bath Time Cake:

The 3 layered cake.

Cupcakes to go with the cake.

Close up of the ducks on the cupcakes.

The close up shot of the topper. The bath tub is cake.

The tub, water, duck, and fauset.

The shirt up close.

The pants up close.

The clogs or shoes up close.

This is when I first made it. It is not on the cake, but this is the only picture I had that shows the detail work on the towl.

The cupcakes and cake all together. I think it turned out great, but as always I see the flaws and I see where I could have done better.