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post #151 of 201
Hi everyone! OMG, you just wouldn't believe some of these cakes! Talk about a humbling experience! WOW. Don't be fooled by bgallay's modesty, her cake looks very cool in person. icon_biggrin.gif The black roses are a cool touch!

DH knocked my camera out of my hand just before we left from setting up my cake, and now it won't turn back on! GAH! I took tons of pictures, but didn't get all of the cakes yet since a couple people worked up until 7pm cut-off, and I didn't want to take a pic until they were done. I'll post some pics Sunday night, lots to do between now & then.

(As an aside, thank you for your prayers. My Grandma pulled through last night, which was more than we expected. She's not out of the woods though, so don't stop yet! icon_smile.gif ) I'll see a few people for breakfast in the morning, HOPEFULLY with a functioning camera!
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post #152 of 201
Thank you so much Barbara!!! I sure hope Duff agrees with you! icon_wink.gif

Sorry if I didn't get a chance to talk to any of you cc'er's much at set-up. I really felt pressed for time, and I was SOOOO nervous when I got there, it was hard to have steady hands just to assemble my cake. I was so flustered, I forgot to take pictures!!! So if any of you have a pic of my cake, (I'm "Tim Burton meets Mary Engelbreit") feel free to post it or to send a copy to me... I hope to get some pics tommorrow.

There are so many AWESOME cakes in the contest, that I really have to hand it to EVERYONE who entered! I know how much blood, sweat, and tears went into my cake, (eww! not literally, of course!!) and I know that everyone who took the time and effort to enter probably went through all the same things I did - late nights, a supremely messy workspace (okay, maybe that's just me) MAJORLY postponed housework, some fretting here and there, not to mention some major butterflies. I just want to say that it really takes a big hunk o' courage to put your work out there for the public (and Duff) to judge it. So to all of you who entered - YOU GO GIRL!! (or guy...)

My guess at the winner would be the topsy-turvy/precarious cake with the jointed sculptures of Duff and all his staff.

I really really hope to make it to breakfast tomorrow morning, but its almost 11:30 now, and I have to finish assembling a wedding cake for tomorrow. Luckily its a fairly simple design, but I hope to get to bed by 2 or 3. So..... if I don't see you at breakfast - I'll hope to see you later in the day.

Good luck everyone!!!

Michelle
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post #153 of 201
Michelle, your cake is SOOO COOL! I totally love the big tentacles!! Since you said it was okay, I'm posting a pic of your cake. PM me with your email address and I can send you the full size file, this one's reduced for CC.

The second attachment is my cake, which seemed really cool til I walked in and saw everyone else's cakes! LOL Overall, I was happy with most of it. My swags were really giving me grief though. Grrr.... icon_confused.gif

I agree that the cake by Brook is awesome. But so many of them were awesome in different ways, I can't make up my mind who I think will win. I'm pretty confident it won't be me though! Ha Ha. At least I can laugh and say that at the same time. (I am NOT fishing for compliments here, once I post the rest of the cakes you'll see what I mean!)
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post #154 of 201
Michelle, your cake is SOOO COOL! I totally love the big tentacles!! Since you said it was okay, I'm posting a pic of your cake. PM me with your email address and I can send you the full size file, this one's reduced for CC.

The second attachment is my cake, which seemed really cool til I walked in and saw everyone else's cakes! LOL Overall, I was happy with most of it. My swags were really giving me grief though. Grrr.... icon_confused.gif

I agree that the cake by Brook is awesome. But so many of them were awesome in different ways, I can't make up my mind who I think will win. I'm pretty confident it won't be me though! Ha Ha. At least I can laugh and say that at the same time. (I am NOT fishing for compliments here, once I post the rest of the cakes you'll see what I mean!)
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post #155 of 201
sorry for the double post! it won't let me edit/delete it.
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post #156 of 201
Great cakes ladies! I would love to see a closeup of the cakes with Duff's crew on it!
post #157 of 201
Awesome cakes, ladies!! You've done CC proud. Sniff.
More cake pictures, please!!
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post #158 of 201
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Originally Posted by momsandraven

Hi everyone! OMG, you just wouldn't believe some of these cakes! Talk about a humbling experience! WOW. Don't be fooled by bgallay's modesty, her cake looks very cool in person. icon_biggrin.gif The black roses are a cool touch!

DH knocked my camera out of my hand just before we left from setting up my cake, and now it won't turn back on! GAH! I took tons of pictures, but didn't get all of the cakes yet since a couple people worked up until 7pm cut-off, and I didn't want to take a pic until they were done. I'll post some pics Sunday night, lots to do between now & then.

(As an aside, thank you for your prayers. My Grandma pulled through last night, which was more than we expected. She's not out of the woods though, so don't stop yet! icon_smile.gif ) I'll see a few people for breakfast in the morning, HOPEFULLY with a functioning camera!



Awe thanks icon_redface.gif I think it was being right next to a 6' cake that kind of intimitdated me.
I will be curious to see who wins though. I read some articles last night and they interviewed him yesterday and he said he's looking for the creativity and fun and that some people take themselves too seriously. So who knows!
post #159 of 201
All these cakes are awesome.. I can't wait to see all the ones you have to post.
post #160 of 201
I won't spoil the surprise but someone from CC got an Honorable Mention!! There were 3 prizes... HM, 1st place and Grand Champion (or as Duff said .... super duper 1st place). Anyway, I won't steal the glory for that person. It wasn't me obviously.

He also went through all the cakes and shared info on them - all postive of course. it was really cool to hear his comments.

I had a good time until the end when one of the museum volunteers who didn't like me hassled me about anything I asked her and I lost it icon_cry.gif She wasn't nice to me at check in and I just didn't understand why anytime I had a question she had a smart alec remark for me. I hadn't eaten since 9:30am and it was 3:30 and I had 2 bored kids and tired husband and this lady just wasn't nice. It left a bad impression on me. I unfortunately, I am no hurry to return to the museum although I will say my kids loved it and it only cost $1 more than the Madison Childrens museum and was TONS better!!
post #161 of 201
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Can't wait to see everyone's pictures! For those of you who attended, is there a website with pics from the whole event, or is this going to be televised at some point? It would be sooo cool if they posted pics of all the cakes along w/the comments he made for all of the cakes. Wishful thinking?



I am going to put some up in my flickr account later tonight or tomorrow. There's an event this evening, but I am not going... too tired! I am not sure if it will be up anywhere through the museum though.
post #162 of 201
Can't wait to see everyone's pictures! For those of you who attended, is there a website with pics from the whole event, or is this going to be televised at some point? It would be sooo cool if they posted pics of all the cakes along w/the comments he made for all of the cakes. Wishful thinking?
post #163 of 201
Barbara, I thought your cake was really cool! (My nephews really loved the skeleton hands!) and I totally loved Michelle's SO CREATIVE! I am the creator of the pillow cake, and I thought I was being original, but according to Duff, hahaha I was knocking off Collette. nice. I got to talk to Merissa in line for the demo and she and her husband are extremly nice people. I thought she did an amazing job on her scarecrow and I am so glad she placed!!

I dont know how he could choose a winner, there were so many amazing cakes there!

Anyway, it was my first competition and although I thought it could have been organized much better, everyone I met was really nice. I saw the mile long line for autographs and I (successfully) begged the orgainzers to make a line just for competitors. After all I have been through with this contest I was not leaving with out Duff's autograph icon_smile.gif

Overall, it was a great experience and I think everyone did a great job! I have bizillions of pictures and I will try to share a link tomorrow.

Great Job Everyone!!
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Originally Posted by love2stich

Barbara, I thought your cake was really cool! (My nephews really loved the skeleton hands!) and I totally loved Michelle's SO CREATIVE! I am the creator of the pillow cake, and I thought I was being original, but according to Duff, hahaha I was knocking off Collette. nice. I got to talk to Merissa in line for the demo and she and her husband are extremly nice people. I thought she did an amazing job on her scarecrow and I am so glad she placed!!

I dont know how he could choose a winner, there were so many amazing cakes there!

Anyway, it was my first competition and although I thought it could have been organized much better, everyone I met was really nice. I saw the mile long line for autographs and I (successfully) begged the orgainzers to make a line just for competitors. After all I have been through with this contest I was not leaving with out Duff's autograph icon_smile.gif

Overall, it was a great experience and I think everyone did a great job! I have bizillions of pictures and I will try to share a link tomorrow.

Great Job Everyone!!



Awe! thanks! I wish I had known they were doing a line for competitors I couldn't stay any longer knowing how long that line was - I am not one for standing in lines long & it just seemed like a nightmare. I wonder if the woman who didn't like me made line for competitors? I told my husband that they should have done that. Oh well.. no picture or autograph for me.

It was also my first competition and I learned *a lot* mainly don't try to do everything out of real stuff. I seriously made almost EVERYTHING out of real cake/fondant/gumpaste. The urn with the flowers stayed in a mold for a week to dry b/c I wanted it all real. Now I know I don't need to.

I did have to disagree on that it's not possible to do a round cake. I used the Wilton Ball pan to do a pokemon pokeball cake for my son and it came out really nice and it was ALL cake. I will post it in my gallery. Next time I will suck it up and use stryofoam!

I do have to say that the pillow cake was beautiful. It was VERY impressive!
post #165 of 201
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Hi everyone! This was such a fun day! I didn't go tonight cuz I was just too tired and missed my kids but went to all the day events and let me tell you the cakes were incredible!

I ended up finally doing a standing Mickey/Minnie Mouse cake. The cake was a nightmare to construct and actually would have been easier had I used real cake! Lesson learned. I was so busy this week with orders that this cake didn't get started until I think Thursday sometime. (Lost track of my days). I thrrew it together and boy could you tell by my crappy fondant work! I would say this was absolutely my worst cake to date.

Duff had alot of really nice things to say about it though and I had lots of people who actually loved it. Minnie's nose actually fell off today though! I don't think I have laughed so much as I did last night and today in a very long time!

I didn't actually get any pics of the cake but a few girls are going to email me some that they took. I will post them then.

Great job to Merissa, Beth, Michelle and Barbara! I am so proud to have been there with my fellow CC'ers!!!
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