Sacramento County Fair 2012

Well I am back again for another try at the Sacramento County Fair. This year I am entering two cakes in the decorated cakes competition, and one in the tasted cakes competition. I was thinking that maybe if there was more than one cake in the competition the judge might be nicer, but then again, I don't think last year's judge is back again this year. Last year I entered this cake (which was recently featured on Cake Wrecks: Sunday Sweets), and even though there were no other entries, I was awarded second place. I really hope that does not happen again.

So here they are:

I learned how to do brush embroidery a few years ago, but I haven't had much of a chance to use it. To tell the truth, this is the first time I have done it using royal icing (I have always done it in buttercream). I read a tip that if you add piping gel to the royal icing it doesn't dry as fast and makes brush embroidery easier. It worked great and I really love how it came out!  

My second cake was mostly fondant work:

Most of the fondant pieces were hand cut since I didn't have a cutter for many of the shapes. All the dots are piped using royal icing.  I love these colors and the little tiny dots everywhere really made the design come to life. 

My last cake is not much to look at, but it is my entry in the tasted cakes competition for multi-layer, from scratch cakes:

This is my very own creation, a Caramel Apple Pie Cake! It is a spice cake brushed with caramel and filled with homemade apple pie filling and then iced in a caramel icing. I think this is one of the best cakes I have ever made. I make lots of desserts and I think I am a pretty good pastry chef (I think my family and friends would agree), so my husband is used to me making pretty good tasting stuff. However when I shoved a sample bite into his mouth, his eyes actually rolled back into his head and he wobbled a bit. Yeah. It was that good. I have high hopes for this cake.

I couldn't resist making a little fondant apple to go on top. I hope the judges appreciate it!

So there they are, my trio of cakes for the fair this year.  Now I just have to wait for the results. Waiting is always the hardest part! Which is your favorite?


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