2011 Sweet Cuppin Cakes Juried Contests is Coming! There will be 12 contests and 60 chosen Jury Members Original jury contest retro artwork can be seen at Sugar and Meringue Blog.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another Sweet Sugar Story

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Another gorgeous success story of sugar work by my lovely friend Jenny from Geek Sweet Treats! Her cupcakes for the cupcake contest in Ottawa at Cupcake Camp are fabulous I have also learned her cupcakes called "Death by Chocolate" sold out in 7 minutes flat. Remember all things on these pages are copy-written xox

Jenny used our high tea liners for this winning cupcake from Sweet Cuppin Cakes Bakery. Thanks for Sharing Jenny xox I am working on getting a close up!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sugar arts as Healing arts

     Summer's warmth, the nurturing energies of the sun, the invigoration of fresh air, and the joy of clear, cool waters....I haven't seen them in over a week, have any of you? I'm already missing them.  I also know all too well that it will be another 7 months before I see them again. Sadness...

     What to do in the meantime? Why, bake, decorate, celebrate, of course!

     When I was in college, and fall was upon us, I would take to my kitchen, baking all my own breads, rolls, etc, until springtime. It was healthier, and I found it to be VERY therapeutic, too! Focusing on the task regularly kept my brain working in good fashion, and kneading the dough helped work out whatever frustrations of the day I was experiencing. I felt so good! Then, tasting that love that went into each item, I  had to share it. I gave away three quarters of what I made! Seeing the smiles on the faces of friends and family who received my home-made goods was just as rewarding as actually making them.

     Now, while I don't do much breads baking any longer, I find the same scenarios apply to the sugar arts. Each project is borne from celebrations to come. Anticipation is high, people coming together, time, stories, love to be shared.

     Our part as sugar artists in this process, this experience? We are the ones through whom the feelings of the celebration come into physical being. We take the time, our energy, thought and skills, to bring our art to our clients' tables. Most times, we're ready, and eager for the opportunity. Some times, not so much.

      We artists are all human...we have good days and bad. But business is business, right? We have clients to meet, designs to put together, and cakes to create. I myself have a bad time motivating to start a project when I'm stressed. I stew, I worry, and worst of all, I continue procrastinating. UGH! But when I remind myself of the people who've asked me to make a cake for them, I realize I can't let myself be the reason part of their celebration fails. Therefore, I pick myself up, sit down and my workstation, and just get my hands BUSY. Once I start, even if it's just fumbling at the beginning, it gets the ideas moving, the motivation crystallized, and the excitement to see ideas come to life builds.

     We spend hours, sometimes days, pouring our hearts and minds into our projects, and as they near completion...can we stop? Sure, to take a break, rest our eyes from time to time, or whatever. But walk away from it? Heck NO! I know I am fulfilled, personally and professionally, by the completion of each and every cake I create. Aren't you? I thought so! We each start out in a certain space when a project starts, and by the end, that energy is transformed into a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment for us. And the motivation to push forward, to create the next. For our clients, an expression of joy, celebration, and love.

     In the end, not only do our clients reap the benefits of our art, but so do we. In my opinion, that's healing, plain and simple.    ~ Chef Scott

Monday, September 20, 2010

We have now completed Our Kerry Bear Contest

Kerry loved these nostalgic wee bears that were entered in the contest. Made especially for Kerry by April Rogers. They are darling!
We have now completed our Kerry Vincent Bear Competition
Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks again to our sponsors for this contest.
Michelle Hester of Sugar Veil and Louise of Cake Journal
Thank you for being our guest judge to Kerry Vincent.

Kerry Writes to the Contestants in Fantourage

Quoting Kerry Vincent from Fantourage 
"The Kerry Bear results are in, since Lyndsay in mourning I have decided since there there is some anxiety about the results I am announcing this morning. First I have to say it was very difficult weighing each bear fairly
There were divine miniatures, some that represented me and others that were technically skilled, innovative and creative and had nothing to do with me as a subject matter, it was not straight forward, separating them to be fair took time.

It was also obvious that there was a lot of skill levels which made my heart bleed because it made it difficult to grant rewards when the levels were so far apart.

I saw very clean work, and some that needed more practice and were growing into their craft but I know that with time these artists, will improve. The enthusiasm that everyone had made everyone a winner and everyone who participated benefited from the experience. I also noticed Kerry Bears from abroad, the attention to detail was lovely. This was a blind judging because I did not know who did what bear

There were little details that were very thoughtful such as my state emblem and that of my adopted home. The chef jackets, the hairbands, the bedding, hand painting, all had great points. There were things that needed watching, cake boards that were not covered, elephant skin, the wrinkly stuff on the surface, just needs more practice and that will go away.

I feel like the 'Girl in the Pearl Earring" I hadn't realized how closely you all were watching even my silver bangles. This is one competition where I wish I could award all, but it is a competition so there must be winners.
I would like the persons who have won to contact me through face book message to give me their identity; I have promised one of my signed chef coats to the outright winner.
Lyndsay will send the other prizes for 2nd and 3rd -- I have no idea what was promised. I will mail the jacket personally.
 I made a final cut from 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 37, 38. The attention to details on the cookie bears was lovely and a sentimental favourite was the koalas. I chose on technical skills and representation of the theme -- so the winners were!

The winner of the Kerry Bear competition was Kerry Bear 10 followed by # 8 in second and # 38 in third, I listed # 37 as an honorable mention.
 I want to thank you all for your commitment and friendship in this showcase and look forward to staying connected for along time into the future.,

I have decided that all of the competitors in the Kerry Bear Competition deserve a signed picture so please send me a facebook message with your addresses to send. Please have patience I am up to my eyeballs in the sugar art show so will have to send when it is over.


Kerry Bear Contest Winners

In first place came Sabrina, an 18 year old natural artist in her own right. Her detail work was exquisite and all around a fun fun bear depicting Kerry very well. Congrats to you Sabrina. Send us in a photo when you receive your prize! Thank you again for joining our crew there is more fun to come.

 In second placement comes the lovely couple with gorgeous work by Ute. Who would not want these on top of their wedding cake or cupcakes? A lovely choice made by Kerry Thank you.

This wee honey was in third placement and what a sweet sweet sweet bear! karen put her all into this sweetie. Another perfect choice by Kerry.

I will be sending out second prize to winner Ute and Louise from Cake Journal will be sending out 3rd prize to my lovely friend Karen.

I want to thank every member on the cake crew who submitted a bear and to thank you I will also be sending out a prize to each of you so please do watch for that in the days to come.
I love you all and want to welcome you to stay on the crew as we have many many more adventures in the art of sugar and well of course fimo!!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kerry Bear Contest Closes

Finally we have arrived to the closing of the Kerry Bear contest! I want to thank all sponsors and my cake crew for the lovely time! I also want to give Kerry Vincent a huge shout out for judging our bears! Now we sit and wait as Kerry judges the bears set out in front of her! We had 101 registered with only 42 completed bears showing up to be judged. Not bad for our first go round!

We are indeed having our Kangaroo contest for kids ages 5 to 18 and look forward to fun with this over the holiday season! Start thinking about what you will make!

For all of us true sugar artists we can never feel bored with contests as we are always baking anyways! Spread the cheer and bring us your favourite artist. Who doesn't like to decorate a cookie?
Good luck to all the Kerry Bear Contestants! You are all winners in my eyes and have enjoyed all of your best bears
sweet regards

Goin' Bananas for Buddy (Valastro)!!!

Here we go!!!

Welcome everyone, to the kick-off for our "Goin' Bananas for Buddy" contest!

     We invite all you sugar artisans out there to submit your crazy-fun, in-theme ideas in cake form! Take LOTS of pictures...from as many angles as you can, one in which YOU appear with your creation, and please include a picture of a slice of the cake, too! Tell your friends, coworkers, and fellow Buddy Valastro (of CakeBoss fame on TLC) fans, and have them join us for this event! The official rules to follow from Lyndsay. For now...get on those thinking caps, and let's see just how bananas for Buddy we really are! Have fun!

     Panel of judges to be introduced shortly. GREAT talent, and great personalities! Stay tuned!
Please submit all photos for the contest to pdxpastrychef@yahoo.com.

Cakes by Scott- Vancouver, WA
Cakes by Scott- Vancouver, WA

Kerry Bear Entry #12 Redtiaraprincess

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kerry Bear Entry #11 April

                              Kerry Bear Entry #11 April

Kerry Bear Entry #10 Sabrina

                       Kerry Bear Entry #10 Sabrina
                       Sabrina's Bear is in the works in these photos

Kerry Bear Entry #9 Kelvin Chua

                              Kerry Bear Entry #9 Kelvin Chua

Kerry Bear Entry #8 kageklovn

                            Kerry Bear Entry #8 kageklovn

Kerry Bear Entry #7 Rebecca

                              Kerry Bear #7 Rebecca