I am entering my first competition in March, and I will be entering as an amateur. Anyways, originally I thought it was best to really push my limits and try to do something *really* challenging. I wanted to make a beach scene with lots of different people figures, chairs, umbrellas, lifeguard etc. Well, tonight I started my first figure and realized it would be difficult to get them to wear swimsuits, because it didn't allow for much coverage of mistakes or joins or the like.
Now I'm a little discouraged, and trying to figure something out. I want something that will 'wow' the judges. I say I'm going for fun, but a part of me would be absolutely thrilled if I won. I want to try something that might give me a chance to win.
ANY ideas??? My well is running dry at the moment.
Go retro! I think the swimming suits from the early 20th century are adorable and you'll get a lot more coverage for your figures. Plus, I think it would be a cute beach theme and set your cake apart from the many beach cakes out there. There are so many iconic things you could include:
ladies holding parasols
men with the curly mustach and flat hat
you could do some searches on Google for more style ideas
Here's are some links to some cute photos:
letsgetcaking, that is a great idea(for anyone actually)!
...like the boardwalk scene in the old movies and pictures...
The 1920's idea is totally cool! Add Art deco touches to the cake.
- look at Jackie's latest blog post (from cc home page) from the OSSAS for inspiration too (the winners pics)
get the "people molds" if you dont already have them. I would love to get the expensive ones but I have the cheapy ones and made really like like characters. They can both be found on the "s" site (pm me if you dont know what I am talking about).
For beach sand mix: graham cracker crumbs, white sugar, natural sugar and white sparkles (different textures look great together - saw this combo on Amazing Cakes)...I think they may have added a little brown sugar too...cant be certain
- I love gumpaste adirondacks (theres a mold out there for it online somewhere), beachballs, and surfboards stuck upright in the sand
- Do a really cool 3D sail boat (yep theres a mold out there too for that if needed)
- incorporate a poured sugar blue water effect (scores difficulty points with judges), matter of fact try to do as many different techniques as you can (given the look is good together)....buy some Isomalt for this
- do a search on this site for "beach" and you will find 131 pages full of pics for ideas!!!
- OH! Maybe you could do a Hawaiian beach theme so you can incorporate tropical gumpaste flowers, tikki huts, etc
I was thinking...Coney Island beach late 1800's - early 1900's