The above cake was made for display at the 2009 Calgary Stampede Creative Arts and Crafts exhibition. This competition is open to anyone, and it’s a great community event because the entries are contributed by local Calgarians and Albertans. Anyone can enter, and it’s a unique way to be part of the fun!
For the idea, I wanted to created a cake that highlighted some of my many favourite foods at the Calgary Stampede. Food cakes are by far my favourite type of cake to decorate. There’s something so funny about cake that looks like something savoury – and I love the combination of the feeling of cooking and cake decorating at the same time!
Here’s a run-down of how this cake was created:
- It was a rule in the competition for the exterior of the cake to be decorated out of edible cake materials (i.e. fondant), but for the interior of the cake to not be perishable, because the cake was to be on display for the entire duration of the event. In my case, I chose to carve each tier out of floral foam. A center dowel runs also through the length of the cake, which is securely attached to the base.
- The mini donuts were hand-shaped out of fondant that was coloured with a mixture of brown and orange, then dipped in cinnamon sugar. The zig-zag edge of the donut bag was created using pinking shears.
- The teeth indentations of the corndog was created using the end of a round piping tip, and additional texture was created using modelling tools. The ketchup and mustard are made from royal icing.
- Relish was created by rolling out a piece of light green fondant, brushed one side with green and yellow colour, then cut it up into little squares. Shine was added with green coloured piping gel. The same process was used for the onions, except with a purple/red colour and clear piping gel.
- The beef in the bun was created by rolling out a light brown fondant/gumpaste very thin, cutting it in circles, folding the circles loosely, then painting the edges with a darker brown.
- The plate was made out of pastillage, a icing sugar and gelatin mixture that dries very hard.
Update: This cake received the 1st place award in Novelty Cake section of the 2009 Western Lifestyles Creative Arts and Crafts Competition at the Calgary Stampede. Thank you for all the wonderful visitors that showed up to see the cake!
For more information on you can enter into this fun contest, please see the following: