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What a busy week!

Every year I participate in a cake competition held by the Canadian Society of Sugar Artistry (CSSA), of which I am a member.  It is usually held in a mall in Mississauga, but this year I was happy that it was going to be held closer to home at Markville Mall.  There are many categories that contestants can enter, from baby cakes, to carved theme cakes, but I usually just enter the 3-tier Wedding Cake Category.  The first year I entered, I won 2nd place in the Novice Category.  This year I was entering the Intermediate Division. 

Most of the entries are made using styrofoam cakes (also known as cake dummies) to allow for the early preparation of the entries.  The judging criteria is based on creativity, balance & colour, quality, workmanship and difficulty.  This year, I made my cake light blue & silver/grey.  I did some drapping, piping and filigree work.  On saturday, they announced the winners and I was thrilled to find out I placed 1st in my category. 

Here is my cake. 







All the while, I was preparing for a big event that was taking place saturday evening.  I recently met a fabulous bunch of ladies that make up the Hearts of Durham.  They were hosting their big annual gala on April 18th at Deer Creek to raise money for this year's charity - The Durham Children's Aid Foundation.  The event, called  The Golden Ticket was themed around Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  They asked me if I would contribute to the dessert buffet and I gladly accepted.  I made 2 topsy turvy cakes and a top hat cake to acknowledge the sponsored chocolate buffet donor - Scotiabank.  It took 22 individual cakes that were layered and filled with various flavours, like chocolate buttercream, fresh strawberries, raspberry buttercream, dulce de leche (caramel), just to name a few to build these 3 cakes.  The cakes were then carved and stacked to create the topsy turvy effect.   Here are a few pictures of them in the dessert room at Deer Creek.




Overall, the gala was a fabulous evening with 400 guests in attendance and the Hearts of Durham raised almost $82,000 for Durham Children's Aid Foundation.  Way to go ladies!

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wow, unbelievable!! I have no idea how you juggle it all and do such an amazing job!!!

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb Dean

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