Friday, February 27, 2009

That Takes The Cake! Sugar Art Show

This weekend I ventured down to Austin, and all my cakes miraculously made it in one piece.  It was hot hot hot when we got there, even though it was near freezing when we left DFW earlier that morning.  This made me nervous, because I was afraid that the cakes might melt or fade in the sun.  But much to my relief, all was well when I repeatedly checked on them during the five hour journey.  :)  
I am so proud of these cakes that I can hardly stand it!  
The wedding cake was technically challenging for me, but it is stunning and by far one of the best cakes I have made so far.  
I wanted a design that was lovely and sweet, but wanted unfurled, unruly flowers for the topper.  I looked through lots of photos and decided that I wanted to make pink and white peonies.  The gumpaste peonies took several days.  For anyone interested in learning how to make them, a wonderful place to start is with Nicholas Lodge's Gumpaste Gardenia and Peony DVD.  Also, I used my pasta machine at a level 8 to roll out the gumpaste, and then dusted some of the petals with Pink Petal Dust.   
The cakes were covered in fondant as usual.  Next, I bought a lace silicone mold to make the lace embroidery.  These molds are pretty cool-you get two pieces that fit together kind of like a puzzle would.  There is the part that you press the fondant in to, and then the part you place on top of that.  You press the top piece in firmly, and then pull the fondant out.  For me, the pieces did not come out clean and needed to be trimmed with a knife.  I applied all the lace pieces to the sides of my cakes with some water, and then did some over piping with thick royal icing.  
Next, I rolled out pink gumpaste very thin for the ribbons and bows.  I used my pasta machine for this at a level 4.  After it was rolled out, I cut it with my ribbon cutter and dusted with White Sparkle Dust.  The ribbons and bows were applied to the cake as normal.
Wow.  After describing it, it sounds pretty simple!  I wonder it took me so long....
The next cake was inspired by my daughter's bedding, which she got from Santa.  The bedding is from the Pottery Barn Kids.  I just love all the patterns and colors on her bed, and thought it could make an adorable cake!
The top tier is a replica of a pillow-robin's egg blue with white Swiss dots, and an embroidered owl.  I used a stitching tool around the edges of the owl, to make it look like fabric.
The green tier I placed on stripes of fondant that I stitched with my stitching tool.  I also added the bows.  Next, I cut out the partridges freehand, using lots of different colors, and then added on the flowers that were cut from a daisy cutter.
The 3rd tier is a replica of a patch of fabric on her bed that has whimsical trees on a background with chocolate Swiss dots.  The dots are chocolate.  The trees were cut free hand, and the flowers were added using a daisy and violet cutter.
The fourth tier is the bed skirt, which has pretty, colorful leaves on it.  With this, I just tried to mix and match the colors to make it as bright, fun and gorgeous as possible.  And then the cake board is the pattern of her sheets.
My favorite part of the cake is the owl toppers, which are exact replicas of the stuffed animals that came with this set.  I just love it.  I think I love it mostly because it is so original and not something I have seen on a cake before.
Unfortunately, I did not place in the competition, but am still happy with the experience and how my cakes turned out.  
First place went to this cute cake that had tons of hand sculpted mice sitting on top of drums.  How great is that?
Second place was this argyle-type of cake done by Natalee Klotz.  I have been a fan of her cakes for a couple of years, ever since we competed
 together at a competition in McKinney.  I still haven't met her in person, but really admire how perfect her cakes always are.  
Last year she won best of the Intermediate Division, and this year came back to the Intermediate Division to win 2nd on this perfectly adorable cake.
I didn't get a photograph of the 3rd place cake, but wanted to share a photo of this AMAZING cake.  I cannot believe it did not place in the competition, because it was simply wonderful.  Can you believe that the coral on top is white chocolate?  And then the gumpaste orchids?  Holy cow, it's just stunning.   :D  (By the way, my son the aspiring photographer took these pics.  He's 5!)
Congratulations to all the winners of the show, and to everyone who made such gorgeous cakes!  I can't wait till next year! 


John Klotz said...

Hi, I'm Natalee Klotz and have been a fan of your work as well. You do such cute and creative cakes. Thank you for the kind are too kind. I just happen to see your blog on a blog of a blog I follow and recoginized your beautiful cakes from the show. So, I clicked onto your blog and was pleasantly surprised by my own cake. Are you going to be at the McKinney show? I will be there...I am in Allen. Thank you again for the kind shout out.
By the way, I agree with you on the fish cake. It was stunning. Unfortunately, the topper broke...I wonder if it was prior to judging.

Summer Rippe said...

Hi Natalee! Yes, I am planning on being at the McKinney show.

I had gone in right before judging to check on my cake, and at that time, the fish cake's topper was fine. I wonder if it was damaged by a spectator who was curious and touched it?

Thank you for your kind words!


Heather said...

Your cakes are gorgeous! I especially love the owl one - very creative! I really like the argyle one from your competitor as well! Congrats on the great showing at this competition.

Aly said...

Your cakes came out wonderfully! Wow, what great patience you have... I love the lace, where do you get your molds? The peonies look so real, you should be very proud of yourself! I follow your blog regularly and I agree with you- this is one of your best cakes! BEAUTIFUL! :)

Summer Rippe said...

Hi Heather and Aly-Thank you both some much for your kind words!

Aly-yes, it took quite a bit a patience. For the mold, I bought it at a local store called Cake Carousel. However, you can Google First Impression Molds, or Silicone Lace Molds, or even just Lace Molds to find it online. I think Global Sugar Art has a good selection of them. Good luck!


Katie said...

Looking through your blog I just have to ask-how did these cakes not win an award? They are both amazing! Congratulations on a job well done.

Kris said...

I ADORE your blog! You provide me with such inspiration! Congrats on your beautiful cakes. They looked like winners to me!

Marian said...

Hi Summer,
What a lovely blog.. so pretty.. and your cakes are stunning too! I'll bet you'll place soon enough!
=) Marian

Lindy said...

I found your website while googling ideas for birthday cakes and have to say: your cakes are absolutely gorgeous!!! The detail, designs, colors, et al; amazing! You have a fan in Tampa!

Summer Rippe said...

Thank you, Lindy!

Melissa said...

OMG... I love love love the Pottery Barn bedding cake with the Owl's. So bright and colorful and fun! I always look to your blog for inspiration because all of your cakes tend to be very fun looking with bright colors and that is right up my ally! Thanks for sharing! :)


racheld said...

These are absolutely charming, every one!! You are truly an amazing artist, with an eye for detail and such a wonderful, colorful imagination, plus unerring hands in the creating.

Thank you for this lovely, lovely gallery of sumptuous sweets. I'll be back often to enjoy your magical artistry.

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