So I had been planning this trip to CakeFest for months! The excitement was overwhelming. I couldn't wait to meet all my Facebook cakey friends and just hang out. But then, at almost the last minute, I decided I would enter a cake into the Wedding Competition. My FIRST EVA!!!! :o
The were a few stressful parts of this process..
First up, figuring out what theme I would do. My goodness! I went around in circles for a while! I wanted something that had tons of details, something that was cool and would stand out. And after a few brainstorming sessions, I remembered about STEAMPUNK. Duh! This was everything I wanted for a cake. Super detailed, super cool and it would be my first competition theme.
Theme idea. Check.
Next up, design. Surprisingly, this was not as difficult as I was anticipating. All the pieces fell into place. (Ofcourse, I deviated from the original design as I was building the final cake.. hee hee… I do that sometimes ;) )
Design idea: check.
I had some stamping, some stenciling, some molds and some flowers. Paint most of it gold, silver and bronze and throw it all together and here's what I got:
My FAVORITE tier is the bottom tier! I am in love with it. The layering of gears and frames and just stuff won me over. :) I also want to point out the 2nd tier. It was covered with white fondant and then with ganache. The ganache was scraped so that the white could peek through. I came up with that technique for my black Snow White cake and I think it works for this design as well. The black corset is textured and has some cake lace accents as well as some handmade scrolls. It was my first time ever using cake lace and if you haven't tried it, YOU MUST!!! It is Ah-MA-ZING! This was also my first time using isomalt. Ummm.. AWESOME STUFF! Try that too!
Can you see the ultra light stamping on there??
Now…. if you notice, there are a few differences and here's why…
I had to ship my cake to Louisiana. GASP! I know.. crazy crazy girl… But, it was a good thing I did.
#1- I totally miscalculated my timing for the plane and if I had to check this thing I would've missed the darn plane!
And #2- I wouldn't have come up with a really cool border.
So here's what I did...
I brought an extra couple of flowers but I painted them gold, which is why you see a gold flower and not a white one. I removed the feathers because they were totally destroyed. I popped that cake back on its base and started my Cake Surgery. Thankfully it wasn't extremely beat up… A few things broke, the ganache was a little cracked and it had a couple of indentations.
Since the cake popped off the base, the whole fondant border cracked and broke off. I happened to bring a bunch of lace. And some of that lace was already painted gold. So somehow I came up with the idea to fold it and tuck it under the tier. Voila, I had an awesome border! One of the judges actually said she had never seen a border like that before… Woot!!!! Talk about an ego boost.
Oh, and I took FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!
Thats my Steampunk Competition Cake story.
P.S. Ma girls at CakeFest are THE BOMB!!!! Lifelong friendships were forged in Louisiana that weekend. Can't wait til the next time ladies! :) :) :)