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Friday, November 21, 2008

Pleeeassse no more!

Shivering in the 40 degree F kitchen for 2 days, hovering over my undeniably insufficient cake whilst trying to make the best of it without bursting into tears that I know I would never get a medal for. Perhaps I was overconfident, or perhaps I had no chance to begin with since I was competing with cake decorating students or perhaps this is just not my area of specialty. I can't help but feel a little punched in the face and gut and beat down onto the ground with a baseball bat. All in all, I am SO glad this is over and I do not have to do another competition unless I want to.


My cherry blossoms that I made with gumpaste and painted with colored dust.




One side of my cake. It was a tough cake to manage. The yellow cake I had started to fall apart around the edges so the cake took forever to level and still it was not the most level cake. On top of that my buttercream icing made with all butter started to fall. After 6 hours of trying to ice and fix the darn thing, my friend helped with scrap it off and reice it with buttercream made from Crisco. I could not have done it without her. I was at my breaking point.





The judges told me the reason I didn't win anything is because my cake was not completely level, my branches were not delicate enough and my marzipan didn't cover the gaps as well as they should have between the bottom and top tiers. So all in all, a HUGE disappointment because I like to be the best at everything I put my heart into and when your results don't show your passion it really really hurts.My friend on the other hand got a medal. She did an amazing job. I can't say it enough. She presented a novelty cake of a sushi box. It was the most adorable cake ever. I told her I would eat her cake since I was hungry and sushi always sounds good. ;-)
A close up of the sushi box. The sushi rolls were really amazing. She made the rice out of rice krispies. She really deserved a medal for it.





10 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm so sorry to hear that... I really find your cake beautiful, no matter what the jury said!

Cheers,

Rosa

Christina said...

Val, the most important thing is that you kept going, so even though you're disappointed (and it's completely understandable) you didn't give up. Anyway, I love that you decorated it with cherry blossoms!

Ms Ashley said...

I thought your cake looked great!!

I'd like to start going to Culinary school too... it's nice to see someone else who got a degree and wants to go back to school!

I graduated from OSU in 2007, Business was my major. How about you?

Emily said...

Awww, I think your cake is beautiful! I wish it had gone perfectly like you wanted though. The sushi is really cool.

CookiePie said...

I don't care what the judges said - I think your cake is spectacular and really lovely!! You should be very, very proud!

Heather said...

wow. i think this is absolutely gorgeous. i can't get over how pretty the flowers are. they look so realistic since there are different shades in the flowers. i would have given you a prize for sure!!!!!!

Bake your cake and eat it too said...

Thanks guys! Your comments are soooo very nice! :-)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I am really sorry to hear that you dint win anything but your cake looks gorgeous and I like the flowers... Yup the sushi box looks great but I was so fond of your cake and the color... Thanks for dropping by my blog, your comment made me feel that I did a nice job although am a novice...

Munted kowhai said...

No worries sis, keep on trucking, it is easiest to reach higher than to keep up at it.

:)

The sushi is a great cake!

Sophie said...

The cherry blossoms look so delicate and beautiful! ...Alsoo a fan of those cut sushi rolls! They look like the real savory deal :).