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Lounge By cupcakeenvy Updated 18 Feb 2010 , 6:53pm by cupcakeenvy

cupcakeenvy Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 3:40pm
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What if you could choose the next Food Network Cake Challenge. What great theme idea can you come up with? Here are my top 5 ideas...

Week after week, the masses tune in to watch talented cake designers construct elaborate monster cakes vying for the the 1st place title and that phat $10,000 check. The variety of talented cake artists are each well deserving as they tackle the various challenge themes. I like the themes (most of the time) but thought it would be interesting to come up with my own list of Food Network Cake Challenge themes. So here it is:

Cake Challenge theme #1 - Cakelets
Okay, I am a bit biased with this one but to me, palm sized masterpieces are not only totally cool but intriguing and fun. Competitors would have to create various cakelets to compliment a specific theme, like say, fashion or a holiday. The table display would consist of a scene for the cakelets to be showcased.

Cake Challenge theme #2 - Dinner
I am a total foodie. I love everything about food...good food, that is. This challenge would involve the main course and all of its side dishes sculpted out of cakes. The "menu" for the dinner would be up to each cake designer. They could go with Mexican, Italian, Chinese, a festive Thanksgiving spread, or a crown roast fit for the Queen.......Presentation would consist of a dressed table with place settings and a centerpiece with the "dinner" as the main attraction.

Cake Challenge theme #3 - The Three Budget Brides
Cake Designers will have to roll up their sleeves and be resourceful. The task at hand is not an easy one. The theme consists of 3 Bride's budgets. Challengers will have to make 3 separate cakes that stay within each of the 3 bride's budgets . Each of the cakes will have to feed 75 people along with incorporating the same color scheme for each. Bride budget #1 is $500.00
Bride budget #2 is $1500.00 and Bride budget #3 is $4500.00. The challenger that best designs a tasteful looking cake to satisfy each budget wins!

Cake Challenge theme #4 - Copycat
This challenge may sound easy but quite the contrary. A photo of an object or scene is given to each challenger. Everyone will receive the exact same photo. The cake challenger that best replicates the object in the picture wins. May sound tricky but it would be an interesting study in perspective and individual style. This challenge theme is especially intriguing to me.

Cake Challenge Theme #5 - The Family Room
Just thinking about this theme has my wheels spinning. The family room is the place in each house that everyone comes to hang out, watch a movie, play a game, serve some cocktails, and shoot the breeze. Styles of family rooms have changed drastically throughout the decades. Now picture this: Each challenger is to design a family room from a certain era. Sculpted cakes resembling couches, chairs, and side/coffee tables anchor the room. Then there are the rugs, lamps, and decor. This challenge has nothing to do with bigger is better rather, it is all about the execution and accurate representation of the era. Now, THAT'S a challenge that I'd pay to see.

Now, this is just my personal opinion but tell me it wouldn't be cool to choose a FN Cake Challenge theme. If you could, what would you choose?

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JustToEatCake Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 3:46pm
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I love your #5 idea. For me I'd like to see them take the AKC book and make a life size authentic looking dog. Or maybe a car since I've been looking at those lately.

How about this, how about having a real person model and each team has to make a cake that looks like the model?

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 3:57pm
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I like the budget idea. Might open some eyes to those avid fans of cake challenges!

cupcakeenvy Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 4:03pm
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Rose- I was thinking the same thing.

JustToEatCake- I love your ideas. I have to say that last suggestion would have me running for the hills......who would you want to see compete in that one?

JustToEatCake Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 5:01pm
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Originally Posted by cupcakeenvy

Rose- I was thinking the same thing.

JustToEatCake- I love your ideas. I have to say that last suggestion would have me running for the hills......who would you want to see compete in that one?

Definitely Duff and Buddy against each other and wouldn't it be cool if they had an artist who had never worked in cake but had worked with clay or sculpture of some sort compete too..with a few other's thrown in.

Has Toba Garrett ever done one? I have seen her judge but never compete. She doesn't seem like one that would go for that sort of competition (nice and gentle person, not rushed, etc).

sadsmile Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 6:06pm
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I'd like to see the competition switched around and as a surprise to them the judges themselves become active assistants in each kitchen. And have stand in judges ready to observe...

cupcakeenvy Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 6:53pm
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Oooooh! THAT would be awesome!

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