Monday, February 21, 2011

2011 Panhandle Cake CRUMBS Competition!

Well, you probably haven't noticed, but I've been pretty quiet on the blog for the past week. That's because I've been busy finishing my entry to the 2011 Panhandle Cake CRUMBS Competition. I entered last year's competition, fairy tale-themed, with Shrek's & Fiona's Wedding Cake. Here are a bunch of photos from last year's event if you're interested.

I don't want to overload you with photos so I'll just post photos of my entry today. Stay tuned for photos from the on-site 1-tip Decorating Contest and the other competition entries!

Here's the view of my entry from the front:

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
This year's theme was the 1960s so my cake was called "Sweet 16 in the 1960s." I tried to recreate edible versions of things you might find in a teenage girl's room in the 1960s.

And here's the back:

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
Of course, if it was a Sweet 16 cake, there had to be a birthday cake on it somewhere! Martha Stewart did a similar cake, and I like the mod look...so I adapted it: changed colors, added a few things, and here ya go:

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
And this particular 16-year-old has a scrapbook turned to a page showing her boyfriend Mark and her best friends at the drive-in, the skating rink, and the science fair. I found all these photos in one of Adam's uncle's high school yearbooks from the 1960s. Treasures!

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16 photofrost edible images
This is my absolute favorite part of the cake - the lime green go-go boot made entirely of Rice Krispies Treats! I love how the pom poms came out! Wanna know a secret? I only made the pom poms to cover boo-boos on the boot! I didn't have the pom poms in my original cake sketch, but I'm happy with how they look. They add a little fun & flirtatiousness to the boot!

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
I built the cake stand for the birthday cake out of foam board and Rice Krispies Treats. Of course, I could have used a store-bought cake stand, but you don't get points for purchased and non-edible items. To decorate the sides of the cake stand, I use a fondant crimper and piped both traditional and Oriental stringwork.

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
And, on the back of the cake, I had an orange phone made of Rice Krispies Treats, and I propped up 2 record albums - The Beatles' Yellow Submarine and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Now, if you're a Floyd fan, you know that Dark Side of the Moon was actually released in the 1970s. Ooops! I didn't realize that until after I'd made the album cover, and it came out so awesome I just had to use it! Luckily, the judges didn't seem to notice. *wink*

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
So did I win anything? Well, that's the exciting part, isn't it!?

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
I won 1st Place in the Professional Division, Best of Show, and Decorator's Favorite.

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16
And here's a photo of the massive cake, me, Lew Churnick (owner of PhotoFrost), and Lisa Menz. I used PhotoFrost images to make the scrapbook and LOVE their product! Lisa has a PhotoFrost printer so after I scanned the images and edited them a little, she printed them off on the icing sheets. Thank you, Lew and Lisa!

2011 panhandle cake crumbs competition 1960s melanie judge sweet 16 photofrost edible images
You can be sure that when I get my bakery going in Tampa, one of the first pieces of decorating equipment I'll purchase is a PhotoFrost printing system!

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Awsome cake Mel !!! I've been waiting to see pictures of your cake !!!

Sue said...

I absolutely love the cake and all of its components, but I especially love the PhotoFrost scrapbook pics! It's amazing that you can use real photos and make them edible!

Ngozi said...

Congratulations...The cake was very detailed and beautiful

LMV - Sweet Handmade said...

Wow - I thought the boot was awesome,... until I saw the cake stand. You are incredible and you deserved 1st place! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Well Melanie, your cake was awesome and we were glad to have you use our PhotoFrost pictures on your Grand prize winning cakes. I look forward to seeing all your upcoming creations and ideas in the coming years. You are amazingly talented and I see you on the FN someday.. again congratulations and see you at Florida ICED.

Ashley said...

That is an unbelievable cake -- the colours are just brilliant and the detail is stunning!!!

Is there some website one goes to to find out about upcoming cake contests?

Melanie said...

Ashley, when I'm looking for cake competitions, I just Google it! As far as I know, the only competitions in Florida are this one (Panhandle Cake CRUMBS) and the upcoming Florida ICED Cake Competition (www.floridaiced.com). But there are many more throughout the US so just do a quick search and see what comes up. :)

Donnell said...

you done an awesome job, i love how the design on the tiered cake.

Mikkel Paige said...

AMAZING. Not that I expect anything less. :-)

sibel said...

its very cute,conguralition

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