January and February are busy consultation months. This cake had been the #1 most popular design thus far for 2011.
I call this style, "Messy Butercream". It's simple. Elegant. Soft and beautiful. If you want a buttercream cake, I would suggest doing something like this instead of the smooth finish that looks like fondant. If you are not going to use fondant for your cake.. you might as well make it look completely different. Plus, it adds a beautiful texture as well as gives a modern twist to a traditional style of cake.
I'm so happy today is over! I had a great time competing tonight. I didn't win, but it was a lot of fun. There were 3 of us competing against each other. We had 2 HOURS to decorate an entire cake, with nothing done before hand. It went by sooooooo fast! I could have done a better job with a little more time. I didn't get everything done I had planned, but I was overall happy with the final piece. I named the cake "Relaxing after a day working in the yard". Every side of the cake was a different room in a house with the top tier being a big bathroom with a girl relaxing in a bubble bath.
It was fun, but I don't think I'll be doing any of those Extreme Cake Challenges on Food Network any time soon! :)
This is the "Mud Room" Side of my house
This is the stairway.. The pictures on the wall are the 3 judges
This isn't a great picture, but this was my favorite "room" The family room with the striped walls. The TV in the back is the show that the emcee is on. (Fresh from the kitchen on Channel 2)
The very large ugly flower is a "secret item" they gave us at the beginning of the competition and we had to incorporate it in the cake.
I had spider mums! Really?? Have you seen the size of spider mums? About the height of my tub!
So I broke it down as small as I could and threw it in a vase. It's still too big.
Mud room again, but you can see some of the other sides at the same time.
This is the back of the cake or the backyard.
This is the side I ran out of time on. It was supposed to have a cobblestone path.. more grass and flowers, and it would have been nice if I put the path aligned with the door.
Not the best picture, but here's the lady in her bubble bath.
A better homes and garden magazine and the Salt Lake Tribune (sponsor of the show) on the floor
This is probably one of my favorite cakes I've made this year. I get inspiration from many things when I'm designing cakes. Don't you think these flowers look like the cute hair bows that are out there? That's what they reminded me of.