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!