Thursday, April 10, 2008

Colonial Fox Theatre B-Day Cake Contest

The Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation held a Birthday Party/Benefit Concert/Cake Contest Saturday April 5th. Sweet Designs Cakery participated in the 88 Candles Birthday Contest with this cake:


There were 3 categories for the CFT patrons to choose from in a Professional Division and Amateur. "Best Decorated", "Most Creative", and "Best Tasting". The concert attendees all had a chance to vote and after a short wait CFTF officials announced the winners and thanked all participants.

In the Amateur Division:
Best Decorated- Stephen Sealey
Most Creative- Wendy Strukel
Best Tasting- Joann Triplett
Berna Bolte

Professional Division:
Best Decorated- Sweet Designs Cakery (www.myspace.com/Sweet_Designs)
Most Creative- Sweet Designs Cakery
Best Tasting- Sugar Shack/Sweet Greens
Celebrations by Lori (www.myspace.com/Celebrations_by_Lori)
Just Desserts Cafe (www.myspace.com/JustDessertsCafe)
Wendi Piccini
Ron's IGA

As you can see we won! We were very excited and very thankful! We spent a really long time constructing and planning for this cake. Here are a couple of sketches:




We constructed the Film Reel from a 10 inch single layer Strawberry Yumm cake covered in Marshmallow fondant and Royal Icing for accents. Little images/scenes were hand painted on each film still.



On top of the 10 inch we put an 8 inch round, double layer Classic Chocolate cake with an Irish Cream filling covered in Red Marshmallow fondant. We hand painted the rows of seats on the 2nd tier. A wedge was cut from the 2nd tier to construct the famous "Fox" Marquee. In our opinion the CFT wouldn't be the same without the Marquee so we wanted to really make it a "piece of the cake".




The popcorn bucket was constructed using smaller square Classic Vanilla and Classic Chocolate layers with buttercream filling covered in a white Marshmallow fondant. The stripes and text were also hand painted with edible coloring. The stars and Clap Board were constructed from Marshmallow Fondant.

We got our inspiration from one of the cakes in the April Mail Box News cake magazine. From that inspiration we came up with our own version and adapted it for the 88 Birthday Candles Cake Contest. Everything on the cake was edible but the FOX letters on the Marquee. We made some out of Royal icing but they broke and we didn't have time to make new ones! We opted to use real popcorn instead of making it from fondant because the popcorn smell is such a staple for the theatre.

We were so happy to hear about the contest so that we could continue to support the foundation. We were founding members of the organization but had to step away and focus on our own lives. So it was really nice to be able to focus on our own life while supporting such an awesome cause in Pittsburg.

Thank you to all who voted on our cake! We appreciate it. All of the cakes were awesome! Someone pointed out that each cake was unique, and I agree. They tasted great as well! I have provided links to the other professional contestants (if they have links) if you would like to see the cakes that they created. You can't miss the huge fox cake from Just Desserts Cafe!

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