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post #61 of 201
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just reading all these ideas makes me sooooooooo nervous! I can hardly sit still right now I am so anxious!

You guys, I just started doing cakes about 5 or 6 months ago and though my little hobby quickly turned into a very popular business in my town, I am still soooo inexperienced! I have confidence in my ability to work on something until I get it right but this is like nothing I have ever done!

All of you who may be going: Lets all meet somewhere! I would love to actually meet some other who love this stuff like I do! My friends and family just don't get it! Though they all love the goodies!

As for the ideas so far... I like the cheap trick idea since they did start in Rockford AND Duff is a huge Rock Fan!

I also liked the Sears Tower idea with Duff carrying in a Sears Tower cake even though the contest isn't in Chicago.

I was also thinking about doing a cake of Cliffbreakers (the restaurant where the evening festivities will be held) as it sits overlooking the Rock River! Maybe do something to make the cake actually overlooking the river?? I DON"T KNOW!!!!!!!!!

Duff is the one and only judge of this competition and I think that it's most important that the work be EXTREME and DETAILED right??

Thanks to everyone who has and will give ideas (cuz I sure need help!). I will probably be asking for more help once I figure out what I am going to do! I'll post pics too!

Is there anyone else on here that is actually a contestant? I figured there would be at least a few of us doing this! I don't expect to actually win but whatever I end up doing will most likely end up in the papers around my town so it has to be COOL!

Keep 'em coming!
post #62 of 201
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Oh, just so you all know, I will be driving about 90 minutes to get there. The cake will be dropped off Friday evening and I will be able to set up then. Hoever, I don't think the contestants are actually in the room the next day when he looks and judges so I won't be able to explain or work anything. I will have to find that one out for sure. I will call this afternoon.

Does anyone else know this detail? So if I wanted to explode something or turn something on, I won't be there to do it.

Also, the cake will travel in a minivan (no seats if needed) just so you know, also the table the cake will sit on is 24"x24" so the cake can't be bigger than that but there is no height minimum.

Any more thoughts???
post #63 of 201
So are you going to do a "fake cake" so that you dont have to assemble a real one? I think I remember you saying that it could be a styrofoam one so long as it could be replicated in real cake.
post #64 of 201
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Yep! THe rules say you can use styrofoam for the cake but must be reproducable and the decorations mucst be edible except for toothpicks and wire holding things together.

I will probably use styrofoam just because it will be easier to trasport (lighter) and then I can work more on the decorations.
post #65 of 201
I don't know if you have already decided on what to do, but I had a thought when I read it was in Rockford, IL. Duff has done a lot for sports, mostly baseball. So what about doing something in regards to the Rockford Peaches? Recreate their original baseball field with the players on it, and Duff and his crew in the stands?

For those of you who don't know, the Rockford Peaches were part of the first All American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 to 1954. Since the war was going on and most of the males had to be deployed, a league was developed so that America would still be able to watch it's national sport.

HTH, as I think you could make this something spectacular.
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post #66 of 201
Here are the rules as..there is no electrity so there would need to be a battery pack if use somehting that lights up. http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/static_content/Cake_Contest_Guidelines_and_Registration.pdf
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post #67 of 201
I like the idea of doing Cliffbreakers over the Rock River. Didn't someone mention earlier that's how Rockford got its name? Since the theme is Rockin' Rockford, I think that would be appropriate. Maybe you can have Cheap Trick performing at Cliffbreakers. icon_razz.gif

I don't think incorporating Duff and/or his staff into the cake would really have much effect. I understand he is great, and he is judging, but the theme isn't about him, it's about Rockford. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Ace of Cakes fan, but I think I would stick to the theme, as they might see it as you're trying to butter up the judge to get more votes. I know he doesn't follow the rules, but will there be other judges there that might? If so, they might have issues with it being a Duff themed cake, instead of a Rockford themed cake.

I hope that doesn't sound rude, it isn't meant to. I just really want you to win. icon_biggrin.gif I know nothing about Rockford, other than what's already been mentioned, so I can't really help with ideas. Seems all the good ones were taken already.. hehe I am going to look up some stuff and see if I can think of something neat, though. icon_smile.gif Maybe browse their website, see if something pops out at you. That's how I get most of my inspirations.

I wish you the best of luck!! I can hardly wait to see photos of the event, or maybe see it televised on Food Network!!

Holly

**edit** just saw the last post.. since you won't be there, and there is no electricity, if you do something battery operated you aren't allowed to put up a sign or anything, so maybe you could make some sort of edible plaque that tells them to push a certain button, or flip a switch, if you're going that route. Since they're looking for the "wow" factor, maybe you don't have to use anything that moves at all, maybe just your outstandingly accurate cake of a certain something in Rockford will be enough. icon_smile.gif Since everything on the outside has to be edible (except for pillars, plates and wire/toothpicks to attach decorations to the cake layers and a cake board), it kind of limits what you can do. Of course, they didn't say how you could use those pillars, did they? icon_wink.gif

GOOD LUCK!!!
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post #68 of 201
Maybe I am reading the rules wrong but I don't see anything that states that the cake has to be about Rockford or anything in paticular for that matter. Could someone point that out for me. SOmetimes I am dense icon_eek.gif
post #69 of 201
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Originally Posted by amiecakes

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




Maybe I took it too literally.

The rules said "This fun competition seeks cake entries that best represent the Totally Awesome theme" So, I thought the theme must have meant Rockin' Rockford.


**edit** If the theme is just "totally awesome" by all means, throw Duff in there.. anything that catches his eye would be a plus. I guess I was just thinking too cautiously. I've seen a lot of competitions and people get counted against for the silliest things. You might want to call them and make for sure what the "exact" theme is, because if it's just "totally awesome", then WOW the things you could do there! It won't have to be about anything in Illinois.. The sky's the limit, and with the no height requirement, that could mean "anything"! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #70 of 201
I know someone mentioned HARPO...

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post #71 of 201
Maybe it doesn't HAVE to be about Rockford, but you gotta think anything "Rockin' Rockford" would have an edge. The Flame is not a "rockin'" kind of song, I'm afraid... did Cheap Trick do any others young Duff would recognize?

To Daisy1: The Phantom Regiment is from Rockford?! icon_eek.gif Ooooh! I love them, but sorry, I still put them 2nd behind my fav the Madison Scouts icon_evil.gif ))))))
post #72 of 201
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Originally Posted by amiecakes

Thanks to everyone who has and will give ideas (cuz I sure need help!). I will probably be asking for more help once I figure out what I am going to do! I'll post pics too!


Just don't post TOO many pics, you don't want your competition to see what you're doing!

Add another vote for a Cheap Trick themed cake, there is so much you can do with rock n roll! Things that pop into mind are performing the song Surrender at Budokan...complete with little Kiss records that they throw out at every show. Band members, guitars, drum kit, keys, stage, scaffolding, "lighting" (I know it can't be real due to contest regulations),the works. Even a backstage area complete with groupies... Surrender is a recognizable and "rockin" song, and the subject matter of the song is pretty edgy too...(also Live At Budokan was the LP that broke them in the US.) If you don't want to do the figures, you can just set the stage for when they're about to come out...?

Anyway congrats and good luck!
post #73 of 201
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Ohhh! That's true! I never thought about the competition knowing what or how it looks! Thanks for that tip!!
post #74 of 201
What about something with Magic Waters Water Park? Maybe pick 2-3 of the rides and make it so real water can actually run down the rides. I don't have any clue how you'd to that though.
post #75 of 201
Hi everyone! I am a contestant! I will have to come from West Michigan, but it just sounded like a great opportunity! I am actually not very concerned about "winning" (of course it would be super cool!) but I just don't want to look like a joke! Do you think it will be more amatures or professionals?

I promise I won't take any ideas from your thread! It would be great if CC got that "pin" so we could all "know" eachother!

My husband and I were going to take a little anniversary trip a weekend in october, and I said "Honey, how about we go and do this cake contest!" Okay so it isnt maybe the most romantic weekend, but he was really supportive and said I should do it.

Good luck! I can't wait to meet some of you in person!
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