Friday, July 23, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Just competed in a fabulously fun cake competition at Icing Inspirations in Kitchener last weekend! The cakes were amazing, prizes were phenomenal, and the judges were totally sweet!

I entered both the professional tiered cake division as well as the open sculpted division. Unfortunately, my sculpture of Mallymkus the doormouse had a little... incident on the way. It was a 40 minute drive, and less than a minute from the store, I had to brake a little hard. I
heard a soft "thump" in the back and didn't dare look until I got to the competition.

THIS is what I found:

And minutes later...
That is when I decided to rename her "Revenge of the Bandersnatch" Despite the fact that she fell on TOP of the Bandersnatch's eyeball there on her hip, it survived without a scratch!

Yes, I did get photos before I delivered her:

Fortunately, my tiered cake fared better on the drive! For those of you who may not really know me, I should explain something before I show you these photos. I don't really like "traditional" looking cakes. I hate doing piping and stringwork and ruffles. Unfortunately, in most competitions, those are the gold standard that judges are looking for as they can be quite difficult techniques.

Generally, I ignore that, and do a cake that is my own style anyhow; I enter competitions to push myself further, not really worrying about winning.

So...this competition was something different! The judges were young and hip cake artists. The theme was fun and whimsical; funky and wild! In other words... right up my alley.

So what did I do?

Yep. Lace. Ruffles. Insanely tiny piping. Crazily intricate stringwork in alternating colours. Delicate teacup made of gumpaste. Itty bitty black buttons with gold stars.


My daughter says I have gone so far past normal that I am simply coming back around to it. My husband says I just have a pathological need to stand out and be different.

Either way, in a sea of wildly colourful and crazily funky cakes... I produced this uber-traditional cake based on the details in Alice's dress at the beginning of the Burton movie.

Here are some close ups:

Gumpaste teacup... hand made & painted.

Based on Alice's striped petticoat.

Tiny detailed embroidery pattern.
Based on the hem of her dress.

Completely out of character for me, but nobody guessed it was my cake! Which was good, as one of the judges is a friend of mine, and I had to work really hard not to give away anything about my cake beforehand because I didn't want to bias her! Needless to say, she was utterly shocked when she found out this was mine!

Huge thanks to Vera at who had researched so many of the details of the dress, and who kindly shared her template of the embroidery pattern!