I'm thrilled to share with you the news that we We took home the Top Design trophy on our first Cake Decorating Competition!
We were invited by Cincinnati Magazine, to participate in their 5th Annual "Sweet Victory" Cake Design Competition, held at Cooper Creek Events Center, on February 06, 2014.
This experience was everything I imagined and more. It required SO MUCH planning and organization. You wouldn't believe the amount of bags, boxes and baking sheets with tools and materials that we had to bring to the competition.
But let's start from the beginning: a Killer Design :). Below you can read an excerpt from the information provided to participants. The goal of the competition was to ice, frost and decorate a two tier cake in 45 minutes, in front of attendees to the event, 280 including vendors and exhibitors.
Guidelines for the cake decorating competition…
Profile of the soon-to-be-graduating high school senior who should serve as the inspiration for your cake decoration…
Caroline is graduating from Indian Hill High School and attending Ohio State University in the fall.
I asked her to provide some details about her likes which you can use to determine both the flavor and design of a hypothetical graduation cake.
Favorite colors: Lime Green, Aqua, Teal and Maroon
Favorite flowers: Tulips and Gerbera Daisies
Favorite Flavors: Chocolate, Lemon, Strawberry and Mocha
Favorites Desserts: Anything chocolate! Brownies, fudge, truffles, oreos and buckeyes plus coffee ice cream.
Favorite Foods: Fruit – strawberries, kiwis and pomegranates. Also loves Italian food.
to Collect: Sweet-smelling candles and mugs for all the coffee and tea that she drinks.
Favorite Kind of
Jewelry: Simple rings and elaborate earrings.
Favorite Season: Winter – loves snow!
When I think of High School grads, I think of presents and about the exciting things to come!
My design was that of a couple of stacked gift boxes, and sugar decorations that represented all of my "client's" favorite things: Tulips, Buckeyes, Chandelier earrings, teal, green and maroon, winter and anything Chocolate.
Everything you see on these pics is edible, with the exception of the ribbon wrapping bottom of each cakes (which was a back up to cover any icing gap that there may be!).
I think my favorite was the edible "letter of acceptance" to Ohio State, that you see on the right!
I couldn't have completed this project without the invaluable assistance of my right hand: Sandra. She is my employe number one -literally and figuratively :) LOL-
And without the assistance of Shannen, who rocked my vendor displayed, and distributed my cake samples as a true Pastry Master!
The huber talented Mandy Leigh, photographed this effort, and I can't wait to see more of the images captured by her!!!
Promise to post more soon!
Thank you as well to Cincinnati Magazine, and their sister Magazine, Cincinnati wedding Magazine. Special thanks to Chris Omher, Director of Marketing for the invitation to participate!
All my best,
Since opening in 2010 in Cincinnati, Ileana Saldivia’s studio, Sugar Realm has become a preeminent wedding and celebration cake design boutique. In 2018, due to her husband's job, Ileana and her family relocated to Philadelphia, and so did her Sugar Kingdom. Sugar Realm’s cakes and confections are known for their sophisticated flavors, unique designs, artistic sugar flowers, innovative techniques, and architectural compositions. The studio’s wedding cakes are regularly featured in leading bridal, lifestyle, and cake decorating magazines. In the December 2015 issue of “Cincinnati Magazine,” Sugar Realm was named “Best of the City” and featured on the cover. Saldivia’s blog “Life in a Sugar Kingdom” is regularly visited by hundreds of cake enthusiasts and lovers of all things pretty and delicious!