I cannot believe it is February already! I have been on my sabbatical for 7 months! Boy the time has flown and I am still having lots of fun. You may remember that I entered some cakes and photographs into the Wanneroo Show last November, however I have only written about one of the cakes so far. Well I had a request from one of my readers to write some more about my entries in the show. So here I go
This post is about the cake category – “Decorated Cake, two or more tiers. Foam shapes allowed. Suitable for wedding or special occasion.” I had seen foam shapes in Spotlight in the cake section and wondered what they were used for. The polystyrene shapes are called ‘Cake Dummies’ in the cake decorating world and they are used for practicing! How cool is that? So I checked out the YouTube video ‘Covering a Dummy with Fondant’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKILPEC3q3Y&sns=tw and covered my first cake dummy and entered it into the Wanneroo Show. (One of my friends hates the sound of polystyrene when you touch it, it is like fingernails on a blackboard to her. I guess I hate anyone talking about eyeballs, so I shouldn’t laugh at her )
The following cake is the one that won this cake category. It is a very elegant cake.
This cake won second and it is amazing. The details of the flowers are brilliant and I love the mixture of the green and gold colours.
There were a couple of other cakes in this category but this one really struck a chord with me. I know I love blue, but the detail of the orchids on top are stunning. I really think this cake should have won or at least come second. (The cake that actually won was a little plain compared the this one and the green/gold one!)
Now for my entry! I was mislead a little bit about the caliber of the entries at the Wanneroo Show (I think the entries have improved dramatically over the past couple of years). The above cakes were amazing. But I am still happy with my entry, as I just could not match the cakes above (hopefully one day!) and I got to try out a few techniques, such as icing a cake dummy and also using stamps on fondant icing and colouring them in by hand. Hope you like it
As I mentioned in my previous post, the judges for the cake decorating categories give you comments. The comments I received for this cake were: “Well done. Be careful when smoothing icing that you don’t spoil base board. Would have liked to see hand moulded flower on top. See you next year.” I thought they were very kind comments, and I had noticed the marks on the cake board when I was smoothing the icing! Oops!
I also entered a photo into the photography catergory – “Floral study”. The photo that won is exquisite. The flower itsef is quite stunning and intricate!
This is the photo that came second. It doesn’t talk to me like the photo that won and I don’t think my photo of it does it justice.
Here is my floral study, which I took in Jersey (Channel Island) at the La Mare Wine Estate in December 2011. I love the colours of the flowers and the leaves.
Here is a photo of all the entries into “Floral Study”.
I really enjoyed these two categories of the Wanneroo Show. Please be patient for Parts 3 & 4 of the Wanneroo Show
Here is the link to Part 1 if you missed it: