The Real Florida

This is my competition piece for The America's Cake and Sugar Craft Fair 2015. It was my representation of the real Florida. This cake is inspired by a local artists that carves figures out of local tree logs. The panther and the deer were carved and then covered in modeling chocolate for muscle structure and then covered in Satin Ice fondant. They were air brushed and then dry brushed for a little texture. The tree trunks were covered in Satin Ice fondant using a combination of a bark mold and bark made by hand and then additional texture was added. The bark was then airbrushed for depth. The antlers were made of a technique of paper-mache using wafer paper so that they would be light enough and then covered in modeling chocolate and airbrushed and dusted for additional color. The palms were made of wafer paper and then airbrushed for color, The pine cones were made of modeling chocolate and fondant mix and then airbrushed and dusted for additional color. The mushrooms were made of gumpaste and then the tops were torched for color and texture. The sign was made of a printable image, and the top tier was a hand painted scene of a Florida black bear.

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CakeBlogger:  I did win I was so excited.  I am shy so it is almost embarrassing at the amount of attention this cake has gotten me.  I won 1st in the Intermediate Novelty and Specialty cake division.  This is only my second competition and I am still in shock.  I was so star struck at seeing all these people that I look up to and admire.  I hope to one day be as great.  I really procrastinated on this cake so I did it in 6 days I worked on it for a total of about 35 hours.