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I entered Duff's Extreme Cake contest! Need ideas now!!

post #1 of 201
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Hey everyone! Okay, so Duff is coming to Illinois next month and is having a Totally Awesome Cake Contest. I am one of the 50 contestents. The rules are simple:

Cake must fit on a 24"X24" table and there is no height limit.
Cake can be foam but must be able to be reproduced in real cake.
All edible materials on the outside of cake (except for wires/picks to hold things in place).

Now, Duff himself says he NEVER follows the rules and rarely even READS them! So, I figure the more extreme the better right??

I need some help with some extreme cake ideas! PLEEEEEAAASSSSE!!! Just throw out some ideas to me...anything??
post #2 of 201
is there anything really cool that illinois is famous for? a building or land structure?
post #3 of 201
do you have to be able to carry it? Or can you assemble the cake there?
post #4 of 201
How about an Abe Lincoln cake? Is there any kind of theme they're looking for? Be honest with yourself and play to your strengths.
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post #5 of 201
i'd incorporate a lot of the things famous in illinois or things like the state flower, state bird, etc. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 201
Duff likes to blow things up. Didnt you Illinois explode a sports stadium not too long ago? You could make a replica then demolish it!!

I know, make a replica of his bakery and all his staff members!!!
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post #7 of 201
Oh how exciting!

If there is a theme, that will help!

I have no suggestions at this point, other than what others have said about maybe using things specific to the state.

Good luck, can't wait to see the results. I wonder if they will televise this at some point?
post #8 of 201
I live in northern Illinois and I want to know where this contest is? I would LOVE to go see this. If I know where it is, maybe I could give you some ideas.
post #9 of 201
A replica of the buildings/places Illinois is famous for...
Sears Tower
Harpo
That sculpture in MILLENNIUM Park
Wine trails

I can't think of anything else...

Hope this helps.
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post #10 of 201
It is in Rockford, IL at the Discovery Museum
post #11 of 201
If the contest is close to Halloween, maybe a spooky theme?
Like a Haunted House with windows that swing open on their own and creatures that pop out? Maybe even glowing lights inside?

I'm not good with motors and electrical things, but I know Duff loves that stuff.
post #12 of 201
OMG I am so excited for you!! Duff is my hero...my dream is to meet him one day!

As far as a cake goes, I vote for an Abe Lincoln bust...the more realistic the better! And I bet Duff would give extra points if Abe was winking or doing a "fist of rock"!
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post #13 of 201
I'm so sad icon_cry.gif I have to go to a wedding in the opposite direction that day. I'm with album angel. I don't know how experienced you are but I was thinking Halloween. If you go to Michaels, they were showing displays of the hollow craft pumpkins, some with moving parts and lights. You can see all the little diaramas inside the pumpkin. You could make them out of fondant or gumpaste. You could make flying ghosts or something. Let the imagination go wild.
post #14 of 201
If I remember properly, on the ACE of Cakes episodes that dealt with the engine cake for Leno, did n't Leno's prop guy say taht "blowing up a cake" is actually harder to do than you'd think because the sponginess of the cake will absorb the explosion or something? Anyhow - unless you really know what you're doing, I'd stay away from anything explosive... But I agree with others - you should try something innovative...take whatever your particular stengths are are exploit the daylights out of them!!
post #15 of 201
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for offering up some ideas! The contest is in Rockford Illinois on Oct 20! I am thrilled and scared to death!

As for a theme, the name of the competition is Ace of Cakes- Rockin Rockford: Totally Awesome Cake Contest.

As for things related to Illinois: The Sears Tower, Farming, Abe Lincoln that's about it.

So far I like all of these themes. Anyone else have anything different??? PLEEEASSE!!
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