If you have been reading our blog for a while you might remember my posts on Cake International 2010 sharing some of the awesome competition cakes that were on display last year. Well, I was so inspired by the cakes that I decided I would give it a go and entered not one but two cakes - a wedding cake and a sculpted cake.
I debated, quite literally, for weeks about the design for the wedding cake entry. Should I go for something that I felt the judges would like or should I stay true to my own style? After endless sketches, much playing around with cake dummies and long conversations with numerous people I decided to go my own way. My final thoughts were 'Blow it - I'm going to have fun being creative and if I get an award it's a bonus!'
So here is the wedding cake I went for in the end - I call it Star Dancer. I think it reflects my love of bold colours and yearning to create something that's a little out of the ordinary. It certainly stood out amongst all the white and ivory in the wedding cake category. I used some pretty 'old school' techniques in this cake such as pastillage for the moon and runouts for the dancer but the overall effect is far from old school!
'Star Dancer - Art Deco Wedding Cake'
And I got an award!!! A merit no less which I was thrilled to bits with. The little stars that the dancer is scattering are edible diamonds which glittered beautifully under the lights.
My other entry just had to be a carved cake as that is my favourite technique! Again it took me a while to decide on a design but I finally settled on a Chinese dragon in a stormy sky. I felt the carve was complicated enough to score points and it allowed me to use a number of techniques to achieve the different textures on the dragon's body and mane. I have christened him Dave by the way, for no other reason than the fact that it's not a very dragon-y name!
'Dave the Dragon'
'Close up of Dave's little tootsies!!'
'A naked Dave just to prove he is indeed cake!'
You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw the Silver award I received for Dave :O The judges had some great feedback too and I learned a lot from the competition - most importantly, if you do what you love it will shine through in your work and others will love it too :) Next year I'm going for gold!!!
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