I saw this cake from the back at first, and my reaction was “what the heck is that?”, but then I saw the front, as well as the title, “Meow-dy Gras.” Instant love. Puns are the fastest way to make me swoon.
The cakes are split into categories by skill level (beginner, professional, child, etc.) as well as type of cake (sculpted, tiered, buttercream, etc.) Guest judges were invited to judge, and this year they included Elisa Straus of Confetti Cakes, whose book inspired me to make my own stacked cookies last year!
She is as sweet as the cakes in her book! Down to earth, and lovely to chat with! I’m glad I idolize pastry chefs instead of actors, because I at least am able to approach them and talk to them, whereas if I idolized Tom Cruise there would be no way I could ever get close to him. What really inspires me about Strauss is how she took her love of textiles while working at Ralph Lauren and merged it with her love of creating cakes. Nothing makes me happier than seeing how people bring in the things that they enjoy into their work.
Another notable name, for me at least, was Jacquy Pfeiffer, the founder of the French Pastry School up in Chicago.
Another wonderful person to talk to! I have a bad habit of getting too excited when I know someone is fluent in French, but he didn't seem to mind and was more than happy to chat with me in French. Which definitely exited my brain as soon as I starting trying to speak it. Maybe one day I will end up in Chicago, who knows, but my heart right now is definitely in France.
Monsieur Pfeiffer was placing these pieces of sugar under heat lamps for a sugar molding demonstration later on.
Psst! That’s Bronwen Weber, from Frosted Art! I promise.
The rest of the photos are on my flickr page, because I definitely took too many to fit for one entry!
Conclusion: A very inspiring day. I loved being able to talk to pastry chefs, which is only adding fuel to my desire to work in the gastronomical field. And of course, I enjoyed being able to see so many different kinds of amazing cakes that have given me so many ideas and inspirations for my own pastries in the future!
Also, if you happen to be one of those amazing folks who made these cakes, please tell me and I will gladly give credit to your gorgeous cake.