Thursday, May 1, 2008

North Georgia Cake Challenge - August 4, 2007

This event was hosted by Carol William of Razzle Dazzle Cakes in Dahlonega, GA. There were two divisions: Intermediate and Advanced. Five cake designers participated in intermediate and six in advanced. The event took place at The Castle in Dahlonega.

After having seen the challenges on TV, I was a bit nervous, but excited that I was chosen to be one of the participants. I debated whether to accept and after prayerful consideration and support from my family and friends, I decided to go for it. If anything, it would be a great experience.

The cake could be dummies or real cake. The finished product had to be three feet tall and we were allowed to bring it covered in icing, but not stacked. That saved a lot of time!

My idea was to have a *tree* going through the cake signifying the couple's growing relationship. The bottom part of the tree had a heart *carved* into it with the couple's initials. The middle part of the trunk had another heart with, "She said YES!" and the top part had the couple's wedding date. It was decorated with the Cherokee Rose (Georgia's state flower), bunnies, butterflies and ladybugs. It was topped off with two bears made of fondant. The groom sported a top hat and bow tie and the bride a white veil and a pink bouquet.

My assistant, Zoe was a gem! In the middle of the challenge, I sat down and said, "I'm done. I can't go on." She looked at me and said, "Girl, stop messing around and keep working." We had a great time singing along to the background music and telling jokes. It was very hot inside and the royal icing was just not cooperating so we had to adjust the design a little. In the end we got through it on schedule (we had three hours to finish).

We were so happy to have placed second in the Advanced division.