Creative Cake Decorating Contest
2008



The Cake Decorating Contest was held from 1 June 2008 to 31 July 2008. I received very encouraging response from cake decorators all over the world. The contest has proven to be a good opportunity for many cake decorators to show their creative skills in the art of decorating cakes. I hope to hold more of this kind of contests in the future. Please bookmark this site and come and visit often for more updates on decorating ideas. In the meantime, if you have creative cake ideas that you would like to share on this site, please feel to submit them here.



Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 Creative Cake Decorating contest:





Grand Prize Winner


Dragon Castle Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA) 

Cake Decorating tips:

This is one of the most challenging cakes I've undertaken. It is an 8" round stacked with half a 7" round on top, to create a mountain look. The short and tall towers are cake covered in fondant, and the thin towers on the edges are gum paste/fondant. The dragon is gum paste painted with red and gold dust. 






Consolation Prize Winners



Harvest Cake & Turkey Cupcakes

Julie M. Rochester, NY, USA)

Cake Decorating Tips:

Done for Thanksgiving dinner, this was a harvest-themed cake with cornstalks and pumpkins on the sides, with a fruit and veggie cluster on top. The turkeys were cupcakes with a little trimmed off one side, and turned sideways. Then decorated with red, orange, and yellow feathers. 






Turkey thanksgiving Cake

 Christine Alves of CA, United States 

Cake Decorating tips:

I made this cake for a group of Moms that I get together with at a Church I live nearby. We all bring treats for each other and I thought since it was almost Thanksgiving I would make a cake that looked like a Baked Turkey.

I had to shape the cake into a roundish form and the legs are made out of Rice Krispy Treats. Entire cake covered in Fondant and painted with vodka and brown color gel.






Precious Moments Cake

Amber Tillmon of Georgia, United States

Cake Decorating tips:

My step mom loves precious moments so I figured a Precious Moments cake would be perfect for her. The entire cake is covered in marshmallow fondant, which tastes a lot better than regular fondant. The best tip I can give is to practice. 






Earth Cake & Cupcakes

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA) 

Cake Decorating tips:

I did this cake and cupcakes for a going away party in honor of a woman traveling to Africa to work in an orphanage. I made the earth using a ball pan set, and stacked it on top of the round cake. I decorated the ball cake to look like our world, and then I put two little flags on it- one in America, to stand for her here in New York, and then one in the African country where she was going on the other side of the world. Then, around the round cake, I piped little African children holding hands. The guest of honor's name was also on the side of the cake, with the nearest children's hands extended towards it.

For added servings, I also did the earth cupcakes, decorated with blue, white, and green buttercream to match the cake.






'I'm Outta Here' Graduation Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)

Cake decorating tips:

This was a cake I saw in a magazine and had always wanted to do. So, when my brother graduated from high school, it was the perfect occasion! It's four 13 x9 rectangle cakes stacked up, and iced to look like a high school building with windows and shrubs made out of icing-covered marshmallows. The fun part is the happy graduate figurine and the cut out cookies letters spelling I'm Outta Here! It was a big hit at the party. 







Entries to the 2008 Creative Cake Decorating Contest

Here are all the rest of the entries received for the cake decorating contest. Click on each thumbnail for larger pictures and decorating tips:



1st Hawaiian Birthday Cake

1st Hawaiian Birthday Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)


Cake decorating tips:

This cake I did for a first birthday of a little boy. The family was having a Hawaiian theme, so I incorporated that into the cake design- I used brown sugar to make little sand islands on the sides of the cake, and then added icing palm trees, waves, and flowers. The inscription turned out nice with a little help from my computer! 


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3d Purse Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA) 


Cake decorating tips:

I did this cake for a friend's 50th birthday party. She was so into fashion and pretty things, so she wanted a purse cake in 3-D. So that's what she got! It was chocolate cake sculpted in the shape of a handbag, and then covered in chocolate fondant to look like leather. It had light brown fondant edging and little stitching marks made by my fondant cutter wheel. The handle was wire covered in fondant, and it had fondant daisy flowers for decoration. Another fun part to this cake was the fondant pearl bracelet which had a lovely pearl dust sheen!  


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Bear Pin Cupcakes

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake Decorating Tips:

These were baby shower cupcakes completely iced on the top and sides. I had to freeze them in order to make them sturdy enough to handle. I piped them in light yellow matching their shower invitation, and piped a little bear's head diaper pin on top. Each cupcake was placed on a flattened cupcake paper. 


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Birthday Bash Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  

 

Cake decorating tips:

My brother asked me to make a cake for one of his friends, and he said I could be creative with the design. I was delighted to hear that, and had fun with incorporating rainbow colors and balloons. The birthday inscription is on both sides of the cake, and each of the letters has a little candle wick and flame on top!


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Brush Embroidery Bridal Shower Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake decorating tips:

This was an elegant two tiered bridal shower cake. The colors were red, so I decided to do brush embroidery technique and painted the red flowers and leaves onto the fondant covered cake.

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Cheeseburger Bliss Cake

Erin (Fairfield, IL) 


Cake decorating tips:

This is an all edible cake! The hamburger and bun are 6" round vanilla cakes covered in fondant icing. The onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, cheese, and french fries are also made of fondant. The ketchup and mustard are made of buttercream icing with extra water to achieve the consistency of these condiments. The red and white checkered cloth accent was chosen to make a realistic picnic seen. Extra detail went into this loaded burger for added realism. This cake was made as a present for my father's birthday! He loves cheeseburgers and fries so why not give him a sweet tasting burger. This is a birthday cake my father will never forget! 


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Chocolate Leaf Scroll Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake Decorating Tips:

This is a two tier dark chocolate cake iced and decorated in chocolate fudge buttercream. The cake is completely edible, even including the chocolate leaves and scrolls cascading down the side. The monogram is also made out of chocolate. There is cornelli lace design on the top of each tier and bottom bead piping to finish things off. 


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Chocolate Strawberry Fudge Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

I did this 3 tiered cake for a school fundraiser where they were going to auction off desserts. Each round tier was dark chocolate cake iced in chocolate buttercream. The tops were completely covered in fresh strawberries and fudge icing was dripping down the sides. There were chocolate swirls accenting each tier for added interest. I heard later it was a big hit at the event!


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Christmas Wreath Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

This cake was made for a Christmas celebration. It was a simple design, just iced in white buttercream and piped with a medium size beaded border. The wreath on top gave it visual dimension and striking eye appeal, along with the sugar poinsettas. I made the leaves and flowers out of royal icing. It took a little while to get them all positioned on the cake, but it was worth the time!


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Dress Cake

Heather Yerkes (Tuscaloosa, Al USA)   


Cake Decorating tips:

This is a four tier cake covered in layers of fondant. I was inspired by a variety of different dresses. I wanted to create an elegant but different wedding cake. 


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Easter Basket Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

This is a centerpiece cake I did for Easter. It's a two layer carrot cake iced and decorated in a basketweave pattern with cream cheese icing. The fun part about this cake is the pastel color cutout Easter egg cookies propped up on top! The basket handle is wire covered with satin ribbon and tied with a bow. To finish it off I piped green Easter "grass" around the Easter egg cookies. 


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Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

These cupcakes were adorable and delicious! I baked carrot cake cupcakes, and iced them with cream cheese frosting. The bunny head is a cut-out cookie, and his icing arms are full of candy corn carrots with green icing "leaves". They were a big hit for Easter!

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Fall Celebration Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

I designed this cake for a fall Thanksgiving celebration. It had chocolate buttercream basketweave on the sides and edible sugar and icing flowers all around the top edge of the "basket". 

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Floral Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  

  

Decorating tips:

This two tiered cake was done for a big birthday celebration. I used spring colors to make buttercream roses, and used some royal icing apple blossoms and daises as well. There is a lattice work border at the base of each tier, and sweet pea flower borders at the top of the bottom tier. The inscriptions were done on the sides of the cake.  


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Ginko Leaf Wedding Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

This wedding cake was decorated with real satin ribbon encircling the base of each tier. The bride had given me her invitation which had a ginko (tree) leaf pattern, and asked me to duplicate it on the cake, coming down from each tier. There were also birds on the invitation, as the groom was an avid bird watcher, so she asked me to incorporate those into the cake design as well. 

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Graduation Cake

Sarah (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 


Decorating tips:

I made this cake for my sister who graduated from college last year. The cake is covered in fondant and decorated with fondant daisies and leaves and a tiny scroll. I made them 2 days in advance so that they set well.  


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Graduation Stars Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

This was a 1/2 sheet cake iced in blue buttercream and decorated with varying size multicolored fondant stars. Some of the stars are double stacked for added interest. There is also white buttercream piped stars mixed in for a little variety.

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Hannah Montana Electric Guitar Cake

Melissa Andrade (San Antonio, Texas,USA)   


Decorating tips:

I made this cake for my daughter's 11th birthday. She is a huge fan of Hannah Montana. When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday party, she said she wanted a life size electric guitar. My first response was "There is no way I can do that! She continued to tell me how awesome my decorating skills were and that she knew I could do it. Needless to say I borrowed an electric guitar and I tackled the task and she was bouncing off the walls at her party. All of the guests were amazed at the cake that took up the entire table. It totally boosted my self esteem and I am no longer questioning my ability to do big and outrageous cakes. I have since then done an Optimus Prime, a Monopoly board, and cakes I would have never tried if it wasn't for my little cheerleader pushing me out of my comfort zone!


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Jack-O-Lantern Cakes

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

These were individual size jack o lantern cakes I did for Halloween. I used my small ball pan to make the basic pumpkin shape, and then I used extra orange icing to build up the shape. I piped orange stars and lines to give the pumpkin look, and added the funny faces for the kids! They also have a brown woody stem and green leaves at the top.

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Ladybugs Cakes

Robin Jefferson (Winchester, Ky)  


Decorating tips:

I made these cakes for my daughters 1st birthday. Her birthday is in May so I wanted to do a "spring" theme. So I decided to go with lady bugs. It turned out really cute. I used Pyrex bowels to make the bugs and I use fondant to cover the cake board to look like they were crawling in grass. I also made some little flowers out of fondant and gum paste to add a little "garden" like feel. 


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Monsters Cupcakes

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

Done for Halloween, these spooky cupcakes were iced to look like Frankenstein, Mummy, Werewolf, and friends. 

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Noah's Ark Cake and Animal Cupcakes

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake Decorating tips:

This 3-D Noah's Ark was done for a baby shower. I used my small oval pans and small loaf pan for the basic ark shape and iced it in fudge buttercream. The roof is made out of chocolate buttercream covered graham crackers. The Noah's Ark is stacked on top of a single layer round which is iced in blue buttercream to look like water, and has blue and white marbled "waves" border at the bottom. The animals, though, are the fun part of this cake! All different kinds, hippos, elephants, snakes, birds, etc. are aboard this edible ship.

We needed extra servings for the baby shower, to supplement the cake, so I did carrot cake cupcakes iced in cream cheese icing. Then I piped a little matching animal head on top, to go with the Noah's Ark animals! 

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Penguin Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  

Decorating tips:

My friend's son was very interested in penguins, so that's where this cake came from! I did it for his birthday. It was a sculpted cake made out of several round layers stacked together and shaped to look like a penguin. I used a cupcake for the head. I covered the cake in black fondant and used white to make the belly and eyes. The orange beak and feet are egg shaped cakes iced in buttercream. It's stacked on top of a single layer round for added servings and that is decorated with rainbow confetti and the birthday inscription!

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Pie Cupcakes

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cupcakes decorating tip:

I did these for Thanksgiving, for the kids. I thought they'd like them better than real pie! They are vanilla cupcakes with a thick layer of buttercream icing, and a border around the top. Then, real cherry pie filling is carefully placed on top, and then iced in a lattice pattern and ruffle to look like little pies! They tasted SO good. 


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Piggy Cake

Alyssa (Suisun City, CA


Cake decorating tips:

My friend from New York was out visiting and having some friends over. Knowing food would be needed, I asked what he'd like me to bring. He asked what my specialty was, so i jokingly responded "roast pig." To my surprise, he said "that sounds great! Let me know if you need help digging the pit for the roasting." I couldn't show up at his house with a huge real roasted pig, or empty handed...and somehow i didn't really think he believed me when i said "then that is EXACTLY what you will get", so i decided to surprise him with the next best thing....A piggy cake!

There was no set instructions or ingredients that i could find for a cake like this, so i began to construct the cake on my own...off of what my interpretation of what a pig cake should look like. I ended up having to shape the cake by shaving off excess cake and finished it all off with fondant. I even used a squiggly pink candle for the tail, which was lit and blown out as is any candle's custom.

Come cake serving time, my friend's eyes were huge as he sliced right into the neck of the poor pig, to reveal delicious Strawberry cake with a whipped cream and fresh sliced strawberries center. It was a hit! 


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Polka Dot Wedding Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake decorating tips:

I have to say this is one of my all time favorite wedding cakes I've done. It was for my cousin's wedding reception, which had a fun, festive atmosphere with lots of candy and bright colors. We designed the cake to match her color scheme and go along with the candy feel. It has two shades of pink and also lime green polka dots in varying sizes on the sides of each tier. The real gerbera daisy flower topper set things off perfectly. 


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Relaxing Fisherman Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake decorating tips:

This was a fun birthday cake for a man. The sides and part of the top were iced in light blue to emulate water, and then green grass on top for a field. The fishing pole is a piece of spagetti with a little thread attached. It's stuck into the ground near the sleeping fisherman who has his legs crossed and hands behind his head. There are multi colored fish on the sides of the cake, swimming "underneath" the fisherman's hook!

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake decorating tips:

This is one of my favorite cakes. It was made using my long loaf pan, with pumpkin spice cake. It was iced in cream cheese icing, and decorated with buttercream cornelli lace and beaded border. I used 3 little taper candles inserted in the center of the cake, as it was to be used as the Thanksgiving centerpiece on the table! There were royal icing mum flowers in red-brown, yellow, and orange to decorate around the candles and the corners of the cake. 

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Tools Birthday Cake

Priya (Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia)   


Cake decorating tips:

I made this cake for my father's birthday in July. He likes carpenting so I made a 'tools cake' for him. The cake is baked in an 8-inch square pan. All the tools were made of fondant. I made them earlier and left them to set for one day. On the following day, I colored the tools. He had a big smile on his face when my children and I presented the cake to him. 

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Transformers Cake

Amber Tillmon (Georgia, United States)   


Cake decorating tips:

I made this for my nephew's birthday. He wanted Bumblebee being towed by the tow truck.


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Valentine Bears Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Decorating tips:

I did these individual size bear cakes for Valentine's Day. They were iced in chocolate fudge buttercream, with my grass or star tip, to look like fur. Then I added the facial features with black, red, and beige. I placed a cut out cookie heart on the tummy and piped more "fur" to look like the bear's hands were holding the cookie. They tasted SO good!

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Waterpark Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  

Cake decorating tips:

I did this fun cake for my friend's birthday. I used three 6" round layers I had, to make 3 different pools sitting on separator plates. I used my tall and medium pillars to give a multi level effect. Then I used a little piece of foamcore to make little slides from one pool to the next. I used clear piping gel tinted blue to look like water. Lastly I figure piped swimming people in tubes all throughout the park! I made some with scared faces, surprised, and happy! 


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Fire Truck Grooms Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake decorating tips:

This is one of the most fun wedding cakes I've ever done. The bride and groom were both fire fighters. They wanted a fire truck groom's cake, which I did in red fondant covering chocolate cake. I went to a miniature store and found the wooden "ladder" to prop next to the wedding cake. The crowning touch was the figurine the bride purchased online- it was a fire fighter groom holding his bride in his arms! We placed it on the top tier, to suggest the fire fighter groom had rushed up in his edible truck cake, and scaled the ladder to save his bride. I was also delighted to find that the fire fighter groom had a tiny handlebar mustache painted on his face, to emulate the real groom! 


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Windmill Cake

Julie M. (Rochester, NY, USA)  


Cake decorating tips:

This cake was for a Dutch grandma's birthday. The windmill was made out of several 6" round layers stacked together and then sculpted for more of a tapered windmill shape. Then the windmill was stacked on top of a 1/2 sheet designed to look like a grassy field with a brown sugar sand pathway and a blue icing stream. The windmill blades could actually pivot, with care! There was even a little fat red icing bird sitting on top of the windmill. On the side of the sheet cake was the birthday inscription in English and Dutch! 

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Easter Egg Cake

 Sharon from Kuala Lumpur


Cake decorating tips:


This is one of my best holiday cakes and I just want to share my joy with everyone.

I wanted to make an egg shaped cake for Easter. No special novelty pans are used. I just baked a sheet cake and cut out an egg shape out of it. The whole cake is covered in fondant ( I used ready made fondant which I bought from my local baking shop) and the deco on the cake is in royal icing. I am not a fan of bright colors so all the icing on the cake is of light pastel colors. The cake turned out very pretty and elegant. I received lots of compliments for both the cake decorating idea and the taste.  


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Halloween Pumpkin Cake

Linda B. from Texas 


Cake decorating tips:

My son wanted me to make him a pumpkin shaped cake for last year Halloween. I was too busy with work, so I came up with this idea instead. I know my two boys will be fighting over the pumpkin icing, so I made 2 pumpkin designs on the cake. Here is how I decorated the cake:

I am not very good at making designs on cakes so I drew the pumkin on a greaseproof paper first. I cut out the pumpkins, placed them on the cake and marked the design on the cake with a pin.

And the rest of the deco was easy. I followed my markings earlier with black icing. I then used orange icing to fill up the whole pumpkin. The background and sides of the cake is in royal icing. I wanted a really white background for the pumpkins so royal icing is the best. My kids loved the Halloween pumpkin cake. 

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Gift Box Cake

Christie May of Melbourne, Australia


Decorating tips:

I made this cake for my father's 60th birthday. It's a yellow cake decorated with butter cream and fondant. The base icing in white is butter cream because my dad loves butter cream. And the ribbons were made of fondant. 


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Father's Day Cake

Jane Tan of Singapore


Decorating tips:

Here is a cake I made for Father's Day recently. My kids wanted me to make a cake for their father on Father's day so I made this cake for them to present it to their father. He has a large collection of caps at home so I made this cap cake. It's made using a half ball mould. The front of the cap was cut out from fondant. The whole cake is also covered with fondant, and the tiny stitch marks and writing were done with royal icing.

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My Simple Valentine Cake

Andrea Lim of Malaysia


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First Birthday Cake

Disha Mahajan of New Delhi, India 


Decorating tips:

Its a first birthday cake that I made for my cousin's birthday. I baked 2 cakes in 2 respective baking trays. Put it on top of each other and cut in a "1" shape. Decorated with vanilla flavour frosting and gems.

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Dawson Baby Shower Cake

Dawn Davis of GA, United States


Decorating tips:

Made this cake for a baby that was going to be named Dawson. Buttercream icing with fondant accents.


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Handbag cakes

Dawn Davis of GA, United States


Decorating tips:

I have a neurologist that I see for side effects I received from chemo. How do you thank your Doctors? Bake them a cake to say thank you. So this was the inspiration for this cake. It was a chocolate cake with raspberry filling covered with fondant.

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Fairy Tale Castle Cake

Christy Stark of CA, United States.


Decorating tips:

No windy days, secure all pieces very well, have fun & get creative.

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Chinese Take Out Cake

Brittany Scholler (Estero FL)  


Cake Decorating Tips:

My favorite food is chinese food and I love cake decorating so I decided to combine the two things that I love the most and make a chinese take-out cake. This cake was so much fun to experiment with and make realistic looking.

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Jewelry Box Cake

Marilyn Perez (Miami, Fl, USA)   


Cake Decorating Tips:

It's all about people and who they are, what they like and figuring them out.

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