Back in my figure skating days, I learned an important lesson: "When you're going into a competition where you know you have no chance of winning/placing, just be yourself, have a bunch of fun, maybe do something crazy.. and no matter where you place, you lose nothing".
It was that kind of thinking that was behind my Tremors themed wedding cake, for the Chocolate Show competition. The theme was animals, I'd been looking for an excuse to make a Tremors cake... grabboids are animals, right? 🙂
Anyway, if you follow me on twitter or are friends/fans on Facebook, you know that I've been preparing for the "Czar of Cakes" Challenge at the Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience. The competition involves 6 local cake companies: Celebration Generation, Muddy Paws, Gateaux, Jessica's Cakes, Queen of Cakes, and .. that other one. Only real rule is that the cakes have to be food / wine themed.
It took me well over 3 weeks to settle on a theme! We started with an initial brainstorming session, which produced 3 reasonably great ideas, and one "spectacular.. but has NO chance of winning, may get us escorted out, and probably will prevent us from ever getting invited back!" idea.
I tried to get into my competitors heads, when it came to weeding through the ideas. One theme was one that I could see Jessica doing, for instance. Another was one that I could see Gateaux doing. The 3rd was a really sweet idea that I definitely couldn't see anyone else doing.. but I got really attached to the "spectacular but crazy" idea. Didn't help much that the vast majority of my friends - in several different circles - are also kinda crazy and weird, and are enablers. LOL. Crazy idea it is!
I just put the finishing touches on the cake, and I'm really excited now! We'll be posting photos on Saturday, can't wait!