Lucks Dena Designs Edible Image® Contest
Show your support for your fellow cakemakers by voting for the best cake in the Lucks Decorating Contest, hosted by Cake Central!
Jackie hand selected eight innovative cake decorators to create cakes using Lucks Edible Image® designs from the Dena Designs Designer Prints™ collection for Lucks, and they all put their skills to work to include the Lucks Edible Image® designs in unique, unexpected ways. We have an impressive collection of entries, and now you get to vote to choose the winning cake, which will be featured in Cake Central Magazine!
Dena Designs Designer Prints™ collection for Lucks
Created to bring design to the side of the cake, Designer Prints™ designs match up from strip to strip and can easily be wrapped around your desserts or cut into pieces or shapes for smaller treats. Printed with stable food colors on a starch and sugar base, they are more resistant to fading than Print On-Demand technology. They meld to the surface by absorbing moisture from the icing, cut easily after application and can be used on frozen treats! Designed for the professional cake decorator, these are easy to use for the home decorator too! Check out Dena’s lovely designs that look good enough to eat!
All of the Lucks Edible Image® designs used to make these cakes can be purchased at lucks.com
Stacy Yednock – Sweet Babes Cakery
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The blue floral strips were stunning and grabbed my attention initially. I thought if I used this pattern to wrap a tier that it would look like fabric. I think it does indeed, and it adds beautiful texture to the overall piece. I was initially going to add one of the round decals to the top of the cake and do a brush effect with royal icing to help it blend, but really fell in love with how clean and simple and chic it was coming across. I used a mold to create the middle gold band, and I thought it came across as looking like a piece of jewelry.
My favorite thing about this cake is the overall look. It is super clean and simple but has glamorous and dramatic details. The decals allowed for the bottom part of the cake to look like fabric which I feel is a fresh and unique technique. Much more clean than hand-painting. I feel like it is the perfect balance of classic meets modern meets glitz and glitter! This cake is a real cake (lemon crème cake with raspberry filling and almond icing). It was for my cousin for her 15th birthday. She loved it! I really love the Lucks strip decals and would definitely use them in the future!
Iriene Wangsawidjaja – Artylicious Cakes
Photos Courtesy of Kristi Kruse
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Because of its unique print, I want to create something unique, too… When I [saw] all [of] the prints, my [imagination saw] a bird [and] peacock feathers. Later on, I got the idea to cut the paper and make it like oriental paintings on the frame for the bottom tier of the cake.
The bird [is my favorite]!! It [took] me one and a half days to apply the paper to the fondant, cut it and apply it one by one. [I] love the material compared to other brands. Lucks makes thicker paper so it didn’t break easily.
Photos Courtesy of Greg Sand
Learn more about how MarisParis used Lucks Edible Image® designs
My favorite part about this cake was the edible paper cutout applied to the top and second tier from the bottom. The cutout is subtle yet ties the whole design together. I was happy to learn a new technique and will be using edible paper in the future! I was thrilled to be asked to make a cake for this contest, and want to send a huge thank you to CakeCentral for asking me, to Lucks for supplying the materials, and to Greg Sand for taking these gorgeous photos!
Kara Andretta – facebook.com/KarasCoutureCakes
Learn more about how KarasCoutureCakes used Lucks Edible Image® designs
With these edible images my most used tool was an X-acto knife with a constantly sharp fresh blade. I also used many flower [and] petal cutters and a ball tool.
I loved using the edible images like gumpaste and not just like decals. I love how they were able to take on the role of more traditional sugar to make the center dahlia on the green cake and the delicate petal skirt on the pink and orange cake. Being able to create almost fabric-looking flowers with it was the most exciting discovery for me with this medium. The edible images were not as delicate as I was afraid they would be. I really wanted to test and push their limits and see what they could do. I didn’t want to have to apply them to sugar paste every time I wanted to make a 3-D decor piece from them, and I didn’t have to. They do take some finessing and a bit of play to understand how they work if it’s your first time, but learning its strengths and weaknesses is fun and opens the doors to many design possibilities. I would not have been able to achieve with any measure of speed or repetitive accuracy the intricate detail on the flowers by hand without the use of these printed patterns.
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Jennifer Bratko – beyondbuttercream.com
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Rachel Skvaril – facebook.com/fondantflinger
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The construction was very simple for this design: strips of fondant, some with the edible image print, folded into ruffles and fixed onto the cake. All I really needed was an X-acto knife, paint brushes for the gold edging and gold painted tier, roller and a mold I used for the brooch.
I love the elegance that radiates from [the cake]. When the light hits the gold edges and the gold tier, it shimmers and those little bursts of printed ruffles provide additional interest in the decorative touches. This was my first time working with the edible images, and I found them very easy to use. The sky really is the limit when it comes to how you could use these materials.
Jamie Hoffman – Yuma Couture Cakes
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I chose the two patterns based on color and similarity. I didn’t want to use two completely different patterns and throw the flow of the design off. All I used were scissors, some shortening, and a stitching wheel.
I like the motion [the cake design] seems to have. The detailing was extremely easy to do and, in fact, would be fun for any skill level to accomplish. But I believe the entire design is pulled together to create a really elegant but whimsical look. I can see something like this fitting right in at a swanky wedding reception. The sheets are extremely user friendly. I adhered my pieces to rice paper with a dab of shortening, and they stuck nicely with no warping or color runs.