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Purple Ombre Rose Cake (Cake 4 Kids Contest {2014})

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Just like last September, this year I participated in a cake competition sponsored by Cake 4 Kids (an organization I volunteer for).

This year’s cake was a lot of fun to make and it is probably one of my most favorite decorated cakes.

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Last year, I had made a pink and brown owl cake that you can check out here.

This time however, I wanted to use some of my gumpaste roses to decorate the cake. So I settled on creating purple ombre ruffles and white roses dusted with a bit of purple luster dust.

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I really loved the way this cake turned out, although making the ruffles were time consuming and the roses were tedious work.

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The competition took place in a city near San Francisco; about an hour drive from where I live.

My family and I arrived at the hotel where the competition was taking place at around 5:00 PM.

Once we got there, I went to the room where the actual taste testing and judging would be held and set up my two cakes on a black table. I met all of the people I was competing against and they were all so very nice and very talented bakers.  For the competition, I had to make two identical cakes, a small one for the judges, and a big one for the public  to taste.

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At around 6:00, the judges came in to try all of the cakes. There were three judges in the category I was competing in which was the “Made By Kids” category.  Each judge came to see my cakes to take notes and to ask me a couple of questions. I cut each of them a slice of my smaller cake.

After they left I started to cut my bigger cake into small bite sized pieces for the public to try when they started to come in at 7:00.

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The whole time I was shaking of excitement and I met a lot of people both new and people I saw last year. There were a couple of professional photographers taking pictures of the event and all of the cakes.

A lot of people came to try the cakes at the event. About 200-300 people!

I mean who wouldn’t want to eat free cake?

Not this girl. Look at her enjoying that cupcake. 🙂

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After about an hour, the taste testing was over and everyone had to go to a different room where the winners were announced.

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This cake took quite a bit of time to make, but it was totally worth it. Not only did I have a wonderful time, but I also won 1st place!

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The cake itself was a double dark chocolate cake filled with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Just from the name, you can tell that this cake is absolutely heavenly. The cake recipe is from my copy of Miette, which is a beautiful little cookbook with all sorts of delicious desserts. The vanilla cream cheese frosting is my own recipe that you can find below. This frosting tastes divine with red velvet, carrot, or a chocolate cake, you name it!

A good friend of mine and a wonderful baker {notesfromaslacker.wordpress.com} was also there competing in a different cake category. She also won 1st place in her category! This was her beautiful and very delicious cake!

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Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

8 oz. Of softened cream cheese

1 stick (4 oz.) of softened Unsalted Butter

1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

1 ¼ cup of powdered (icing) sugar

Directions:

1. Cream together your butter and cream cheese for 30 seconds.

2. Beat in vanilla extract.

3. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar while gradually increasing the mixer’s speed.

4. If you would like the cream cheese icing to be thicker, place frosting in the fridge until it thickens.

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Author: TheNerdyOwl

Just a teenaged girl with a food blog and a passion for baking.

One thought on “Purple Ombre Rose Cake (Cake 4 Kids Contest {2014})

  1. Love your cakes. Congratulations on winning first place.Cake looks absolutely amazing.

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