Monday, March 28, 2011

Cake Report: National Capital Area Cake Show Competition

WOW! What a weekend at my household this weekend! Incase you are not up to speed I’ll give you a quick recap! This weekend started off with National Half Marathon packet pick-up, entering (my very first cake competition) into the NCACS’s cake show, RUNNING the half marathon, baking over 200 cupcakes, competing in NCACS’s Cupcake Cocktail challenge, going to a 3 hour professional class on Air Brushing (Food grade), and finally checking out the award show for the weekend’s competitors/ decorators! If you think you’re tired from reading all of that, I’m exhausted…. and would do it all over starting tomorrow!

Obviously I am not going to blog ALL of that in one post, there is too much to say. Instead this week is going to have the wrap up of my cupcake cocktails, Air Brushing Class, and of course the Half Marathon! BUT for now I am way to excited to not to post my “Special Occasion/Novelty - Tiered” cake. I hope you enjoy!

I discovered NCACS (National Capital Area Cake Show) back in November but never thought much of it again until the new year rolled around. I registered first and then started pondering ideas for my cake theme. Sadly the only thing on my mind these days is Triathlon, and thus my inspiration grew from there.

Triathlon Cake: Swim Start

 

I always imagined that a “Tiered Cake” would have to be at least 3 levels, and being so wrapped up the the tri world these days I couldn’t think of anything else in the world happening in 3s!

Starting from the bottom up was the swim, bike, run, and the cake topper was the grand finish! I promise to keep the chatter to a minimum and let you enjoy the process!

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Triathlon Cake: Swim Start1

I had a blast making all of the wetsuits… not so much all of the hands! As shown in the second and third last pictures they were a little tedious! But in the end I think they really came out clean and I became much much more efficient at them!

On to the bike! (I actually became so engrossed in making the bikes that I forgot to take a lot of pictures along the way) But please take a peak at the pedal crank and water bottles on both bikes, they were my proudest features!!

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Then I moved on to the runner! This is the cake topper and I knew it had to really be an eye catcher! Having never competed in a full ironman event (though sometimes I think being the cheering fiancée and training partner has to count as some sort of participant!) I have witnessed the finishing shoot pride and adrenalin and really wanted to do it justice.

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(Come on, you know she needed a little “shape”)

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Then comes all of the other details that Pull it all together!

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Triathlon Cake

(Conversation between me and the Boss/driver-)

ME: “Ray, please please drive slow and take it easy on the turns.”

Ray: “Yes Dear.”

Triathlon Cake

(Last touches before leaving it for judging!)

I may or may not have used the cherry blossom trees to my advantage! I figured that they might draw a little extra attention with the home crowd, and they ended up be a really big hit! Though I will admit that the water cup trail from the aid station was a little feature that made me smile every time!

I’m sure by now you’re wondering “ how  long did that cake take?”, but it wasn’t that bad. It SEEMED like it took forever because I was putting in an hour of time here and there, and in the mean time the cake waited patiently on the kitchen table and counter! I think the person who suffered the most from the cake creation was The Boss; he loves to cook, and lately his space has been limited! But I have to give him a lot of praise because he was truly a good sport about his kitchen being short of destroyed over the past two weeks, and he is certainly my biggest supporter!

In the end I think he was pretty pleased! After all he did come to the award show with me!!

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Here I am thinking I’m on top of the world because I WON! I won the 1st prize in my Category (The tiered occasion thing that I keep repeating)! But there were other categories as well in my Division (Adult Beginner) such as” specialty non-tiered”, “Under the Sea” (this was the theme this year), “Sculpted cakes”, and wedding cakes. In total there were over 50 some cakes in my division and to be honest when I dropped my cake off on Friday night, I double checked that I was in the right area!! These “Beginners” were pretty freakin’ fantastic! Intimidating too! They were all in Chef’s Jackets and had special cake carts/ carrying boxes. I was a little deflated!

Then the unthinkable happens (Literally, I didn’t know there were more awards other than “category awards”)! The Boss and I went to the awards ceremony to see the other winners cakes and clap for all of the contestants. I caught wind that I might actually get my picture on the slide show!

Triathlon Cake: Awards2

AND I DID! And then they announced “and the over all winner of the Adult Beginner Division is…”

Triathlon Cake: Awards2

MEEEEEE! WHAT???? HOLY CROW!

Triathlon Cake: Awards3

(Incase you are not the Food Network Geek that I am, that man is Norm. He Rocks. And he wins a lot of Live Challenges! I’m a big fan!)

Triathlon Cake: Awards4Triathlon Cake: Awards5

That’s it folks! I’m exhausted! I really hope you enjoyed the journey of this cake; I had a blast making it! Be sure to poke back tomorrow, I’ll be posting about the Cupcake Cocktail Challenge! That too was a lot of fun… and I just may have created two of my favorite cupcake flavors!!

Triathlon Cake

Thanks for stopping by!!!

(Also if you have e-mailed or commented lately and I haven’t gotten back to you, I apologize! This past week was crazy! I will get back to you this week!!)

51 comments:

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Congrats, I have been watering and just thinking of looking for you with a gallon of milk in hand. Every time you post something about a sweet all I can think is wow and where is my milk.

Congrats on the win, it really does look awesome.

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This is fantastic, congratulation. that cake surely looks good.

marian said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that cake is absolutely fabulous!!!! wish i could see it in real life.

congratulations!

LL said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a cool cake! Congrats on the win!

Jayne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'm so happy for you - what a wonderful cake!! Good for you!!!!!

smithlarissa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That is AWESOME!!!!! Congratulations! And Congrats on your half marathon PR! What an awesome day it was for you! :)

Catharine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are amazing! Your cake looks fabulous and you totally deserve the blue ribbon! Congratulations!

Mark said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awesome!! Fantastic job. Love the details of the cherry blossoms and the little people.

Mayan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

congratulations bobbie!!! what a great looking cake, and the theme is so perfectly you... the cupcakes were yummy too, my fav is the lemon one.. thanks for sharing with us :D

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That cake is amazing! Such talent! Congrats on the big win!

Paul said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats! My wife and I voted both voted for your cake so you're welcome :P I took lots of pics of it and it took me a while because I was so focused on the swimmers and bikes but I was like "look, those are all the cups that people throw on the ground!" There was so much to take in. I heard Saturday was a zoo, we went on Sunday. Anyway, great job!

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

amazing!!!! I tried to find it on Saturday night but the doors were locked. congrats again!

Lesser is More said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats - that looks awesome! The details like the aid station are great! Rebecca had a cake made for my birthday last year of a similar theme: http://lesserismore.blogspot.com/2010/02/best-birthday-cake-triathlete-could-ask.html

Sorry I missed you guys at the National Marathon. I thought I saw you coming through in the last mile (I was standing at the half/full split) and cheered, but after running into Ray yesterday and talking about the race, I think it was the wrong person...no wonder they didn't look like they heard me!

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Great job with all you accomplished over the weekend

The entire cake is perfect

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Congratulations! That's quite possibly the cutest cake ever.

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Congratulations!

Wow, what an awesome cake.

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Awesome cake and congrats on the win!

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I love the cake! You are a rock star!

Kris said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Popped over from the boss's blog. ;) AWESOME cake! Congratulations!

And congrats on the big running PR too!

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I love the tri cake. LOVE. Congrats on the win and on your awesome race!

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This is awesome!!

Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Woohoo!!! Congratulations! Well deserved. I've been thinking about you all weekend and wondering how it went. I hope you celebrated properly :-)

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That cake is amazing. I'm a little bit in love with the trail of cups too. So creative and original!!

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Well, I saw this cake in real life, and it was definitely the winner. Congratulations!

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This cake is amazing! My husband does triathalon's and this is perfect!

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Absolutely love it!

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This cake is beyond AMAZING! and BTW all over facebook :-)

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wish I had this cake when my daughter won her first Age Group Triathlete World Title in Budapest this past September. Your cake would have been a perfect way of celebrating her world title and her 21st birthday. Congratulations to you!

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Wow, great job!! I love your swimmers waiting for their wave and the trail of cups and really the whole thing is awesome! A medal very well deserved, way to go. Sounds like congrats on your half are in order too... way to rock the weekend!

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As a 2-time Ironman and a cake baker, I'm doubly impressed. Many congrats!

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Great job on the cake and the win! Love the aid station and details of the swimmers hands. Great work!

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So proud of you! Hopefully you can have a relaxing week after all of your hard work. Can't wait to read about your cupcakes.

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WOW! I've been looking forward to this post, and wasn't disappointed. You have a gift, you'll have an amazing bakery someday! keep developing that talent and you will be untouchable, hey wait, you already are.

Job well done!
PS: great run. . . you truly are an inspiration.

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congratulations ! i was so excited for you ! what a great result and i LOVED the cake.

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This cake is so impressive! Congrats on winning 1st place too! Did you take any pictures of your competitors? I would be interested to see what the rest of the field put up

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COOLEST.CAKE.EVER!!!

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Best tri-inspired cake ever!

Congrats on the win!

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Pure awesomeness! Congratulations!

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My friend, Sugarmagnolia70, turned me on to your cake. It's awesome and must have taken so much time! Congratulations on such a great accomplishment!

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This is fantastic! I am extra impressed because I can't bake/make food at all. I screw up the cookies that come in a pre-cut loaf.

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Es fantastico!!! felicitaciones!!!

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A friend sent me the link to your cake. Congrats! It's amazing. Loved your attention to detail -- like the trail of water cups away from the water station.

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is every part of the cake edible? what are the athletes made out of?

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Just came here from Sweetopia's site. I am blown away by this cake. It is awesome and you are awesome. What a talent you have! Congratulations on the 1st prize ribbon.

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All I can say is WOW! This cake is amazing...no wonder you won!! I love the little cups after the water station...really cute touch!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This cake still is my favorite a year later. Keeps me from even trying to compete :-)

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absolutely amazing, i totally love this :)

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I redirected here from DC's site and am really impressed. What a beautiful creation you truly are clever, well done

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