Dave meet Duff, the Ace of Cakes
First Place - Irish Breakfast Cake
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First Place - St. Patrick's Day
Category - Advanced Division
Fourth Place - Novelty Category
- Advanced Division
Just your basic dragon,
resting on a sandy beach to
get a drink of water.  
Irish Breakfast Cake
Dragon cake
Dragon Cake
Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show 2007
Mid-Atlantic Cake Show 2007
Buffalo Cake
Dave's Winning Cakes - Oklahoma Sugar Art Show
Gun Holster Cake
Native American Medicine Shield Cake
Harold Holden with Monarch at Rest
Buffalo Cake
First Place - Centennial Category - Semi-Professional Division
First Place - St. Patrick's Day
Category - Advanced Division
Second Place - Centennial Category
- Semi-Professional Division
Third Place - Centennial Category - Semi-Professional Division
Gun Holster Cake
"Monarch at Rest"
Native American Medicine
Shield Cake
Native American
Medicine Shield Cake
2007 was my first year competing in any
cake show, let alone the Oklahoma
State Sugar Art Show, the biggest cake
show in the country.  There were a lot of
fantastic cakes there, and I was excited
to sweep the Centennial category for the
Semi-Pro Division.
The Centennial category was for cakes that celebrated the last one hundred
years of Oklahoma's statehood.  This cake was inspired by Harold T.
Holden's bronze sculpture, Monarch at Rest, which sits outside the
Oklahoma History Museum in Oklahoma City.  (pictured above with the
artist)  
The "leather" on the
holster and belt is
embossed.  Everything
from the bullets to the belt
buckle is edible.
This cake is a tribute to Native Americans.  The symbol on the skull
represents the circle of life.  The outside of the cake is decorated with
the scenery of Oklahoma, from the plains to the plateaus to the
mountain ranges, and includes a gum paste rattlesnake underneath, to
represent the rattlesnake roundups of Oklahoma.
I met the Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman, at the
Mid-Atlantic Cake Show in Westminster Maryland.  
Duff founded Charm City cakes right here in
Baltimore and is famous for his Food Network
show.  I also had the privilege of meeting many
other famous pastry chefs and cake celebrities
who offered me a ton of tips and advice.  Special
thanks to Nicholas Lodge, Colette Peters, Norman
Davis, Ruth Rickey, and Dianne Gruenberg - I
learned a lot from all of them and appreciate
their time in sharing their expertise.
This was my first cake competition and I
decided to enter this Irish Breakfast cake.  
 Everything was fondant, from the tabletop
to the tea bag and the silverware.  The
toast was just slices of cake, burnt for a
little added authenticity.
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