Each year, the Tulsa State Fair sponsors the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show and National Wedding Cake Competition. This event brings in some of the top cake artists from across the country and abroad. Every year there is a theme that must be used as the inspiration for the cake. Here are my entries from past years.
2006 Romance In Tulips
Theme: International inspirations
This fondant covered cake was inspired by the windmills and tulips of Holland. It features gumpaste tulips and a windmill constructed using pastillage, gumpaste and royal icing. Delicate piping, hand cut lace and soft painting gave it a romantic touch. This cake took appx. 225 hours to complete.
2005 Midnight Glamour
Theme: Couture Wedding Gowns
This fondant covered cake was inspired by a black and white wedding dress that featured vertical lace elements. This was my most challenging cake so far. The black and white lace pieces were individually cut and placed one at a time. Every element of this cake required clean, precise work since any errors would be very obvious given the stark contrasts. Time invested in this cake exceeds 225 hours. I thought I would never finish this one!
Theme: Wedding cakes inspired by wallpaper
This cake was inspired by a whimsical piece of wallpaper from a child's room. The flower "minister" is made from gumpaste and weds two bees made of fondant. Fun critters such as dragonflies, caterpillars and butterflies adorn the sides accented with gumpaste leaves. The tree trunk holding the top tier is a dowel rod covered with royal icing and airbrushed to look like bark. The honeymoon suite is a beehive constructed of fondant. I was pressed for time, so this cake only took a couple of weekends.
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