Sorry I haven't been around much lately, I've been a bit preoccupied with school and work. Last Wednesday we were told that we would be participating in a food show; we would each be required to entire one piece into the show. We could choose from sugar sculpture, chocolate sculpture or a show cake. I'm so happy that my last few weeks of BREAD prepared me for this! Quite obviously I chose to do a cake since the other options might require a bit more experience.
When I decided to go to pastry school learning about cakes was one of the major draws. Now, I have no experience with cakes other than the little Wilton class I took at Hobby Lobby with Paige this summer. Even in that class I think I ate more icing than I practiced with. Anyhow, as anxious as I am about learning cake decorating I confess that I was less than thrilled when we were informed about the show. You see, I don't like to do things that I'm either not already good at or not fully prepared for. This was a complete blindside. Now, I know that those are things I have to move past if I'm ever going to excell, but blah blah.... that's another conversation. All I could really do was jump in and just start going with it. I looked around online for ideas forever, but in the end I came up with my own design. If I tried to copy another design I know I would just end up even more frustrated because it didn't look exactly the same. I showed chef a sad drawing that didn't look like more than a few circles piled on top of one another, but I tried to explain my idea the best I could. I really don't think she understood what I was talking about (if I was her I wouldn't), but she just nodded her head and let me go with it.
In the end, I had an amazing time! That is not to say that I didn't get frustrated and angry with myself, but I was really proud of my finished product. Of course there were flaws and things I need to improve on, but for my first cake and first time ever working with fondant I was really proud. I'm really glad we were forced to do this project. I think it pushed me to move past my fears not being good a little faster. My cake ended up scoring high enough to earn a bronze medal and I proudly tied with Dora for 3rd in our division (I know I told some of you 1st earlier, but when I looked at the check tonight it said 3rd.... I'm sorry. It was really loud when they were announcing and confusing when they called 2 of us for the same award. But, hey... I'm still fine with 3rd. I still got a little cash.) Here are a few pics of the progression of my cake and the cakes of a few others in my class.