Last year, I had such a great experience participating in the Central Florida Fair Confectionery Arts Competition so I had to enter again this year. For a recap on last year’s fair, check here and here. This time, though, I entered 7 different categories in the professional division!
My “holiday cake” entry was 4 tiers, with the top 3 tiers being round and the bottom tier being square. I decorated the top 3 tiers with damask piping. First, I drew the pattern I wanted to use on paper. Then, I used graphite paper (it’s non-toxic) to transfer the pattern onto the sides of my fondant-covered cakes. And the piping was all done with brown royal icing. The bottom tier was decorated with simple brown fondant stripes. And the big green bow was created out of a fondant/gum paste mix.
My second entry was in the “miscellaneous cakes” category. It was a 3-tier cake covered in teal and brown fondant. The top tier was decorated with really simple royal icing Swiss dots. The second tier was decorated with white polka dots (cut using the back of a decorating tip) and a blue ribbon. And the last tier was decorated with brown and teal stripes. I really enjoyed making this one because it’s so playful! In fact, on the fair entry form, I described this cake as “fun & flirty.”
Here is my entry for the “3-tier wedding cakes”:
It’s supposed to resemble a bride’s dress and it was decorated only using ivory fondant! This cake was so easy to make so I’ll do a tutorial of it for you soon. You’d be surprised at how few tools are needed to complete it!
I also brought the Shrek cake from last weekend’s Panhandle Cake C.R.U.M.B.S. Fairy Tale Cake Decorating Competition and entered it into the “4 tiers or more wedding cake” category!
And remember the gum paste flower bouquet I brought to the 2009 ICES Convention in Illinois? Well, I brought those along too.
When I registered for the fair competition, I had great ambitions for creating some adorable decorated sugar cookies. But time just got away from me so I created this to go along with the fair’s theme this year of “Lights, Camera, Action!” It’s nothing special…but who knows, it may still win a ribbon!
And my last entry was homemade chocolate chip cookies. I don’t have much hopes for getting a ribbon for those after seeing the other cookies that were entered into the competition. Yes, chocolate chip cookies are a classic, but can they really stand up to snickerdoodles, peanut butter drops, chocolate-chocolate chip cookies, etc? We’ll see!
UPDATE: This cake won 3rd Place in the Chocolate Chip Cookies category.
So my car was packed to the roof with the fair entries. I have a little car…a Toyota Celica like this one:
The great thing about the Celica is that the back seats fold down and make a GIANT trunk! I was able to fit all of these entries AND an entry for a student of mine. She created an all-buttercream cake for the fair’s theme. Look how great it turned out:
In early March, I’m heading back to the fair to pick up the entries. Then I’ll post some winners and my favorite cakes here for you all to see!