Monday, March 12, 2012

2012 San Diego Cake Show Entry

Cake shows seem to have a huge build up of excitement for me. It starts first with deciding what to make a cake with gumpaste flowers or just a gumpaste entry piece. Every year as I learn more about gumpaste flowers and learn new ones it alters my decision.

Having been away from the San Diego Cake show for a few years I thought I would enter both the cake competition and a gumpaste piece. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do for the cake and sketched it out.

 But, I am not one to follow the original design and created an entirely new cake idea with little decoration but a lot of flowers.  Here are a few flowers I decided to decorate my cake with

What I wanted to create  was a cake with spring color flowers, not necessarily spring flowers. I made some hypericum berries, some small green plants, and white filler flowers to add to it all, but the flowers I make are so delicate they break if I add too much to a group. I kept the colors all similar but different shades with a couple of stand out colors in the mix.

Sometimes I do get carried away and want to include all the flowers I make since I find it hard to decide. But, I was pleased with what I ended up with and like to think of if as my garden cake. 

San Diego 2012 Cake Show entry 



  1. Your gumpaste flowers are so lifelike and look so delicate. You are amazing!! Best of luck to you on your entries!

  2. Thanks so much. I placed 2nd in another gumpaste entry, but didn't place on this one. I will enter again next year. Thanks again for the nice compliments.

  3. I find it hard to believe you didn't place at all with this cake! Competition must have been tough indeed. Which gumpaste flowers got you second place?

  4. Dear Shaile

    Your works of gumpaste flowers are fascinating as always! Every time I see your works, I become speechless, for they are so beautiful beyond words.
    "What I wanted to create was a cake with spring color flowers" Spring colors indeed! I can feel that spring has come!! Thank you so much Shaile for sharing these.
    PS I found a pink camellia flower!!