A big THANK YOU to the Woodmere Art Museum for inviting me back again this year to curate another cake show, Sweet Inspiration, in their beautiful museum. This year’s theme was based on the stunning children’s book illustrations by Philadelphia artist, Charles Santore, for books such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Snow White and more. Ten of the Philadelphia area’s top cake artists created whimsical cakes inspired by one of the illustrations of their choice, and the results were spectacular cakes highlighting the artistry of cake decorating.
We had a fun and fabulous opening reception, where each cake artist had a chance to describe their cake and some of the advanced cake decorating techniques they used, as well as what inspired them about the illustration they used as the basis for their cakes. Below are some highlights from the opening reception party with photos courtesy of Brian James Photography, Chestnut Hill.
The gallery talk went in the order of the illustrations, which were hung in order by book, starting with Peter Rabbit. Jennifer Roach, Executive Cake Artist for Cescaphe Event Group, created this beautifully hand-painted cake, highlighting her expertise in illustration painting with petal and luster dusts as well as 3-D cake sculpting..
Next, was the Wizard of Oz, with a fantastic compilation of illustrations combined into one fanciful cake by Danielle Zahodski of The Master Baker. Danielle excels at building complex cake designs, evidence here in her gravity-defying cake twister swirled together with Oz, Dorothy’s home, flying monkeys and minute wafer paper poppies all supported by a base with the sleeping Cowardly Lion and yellow brick road.
Danielle was followed by an enchanting cake hand-sculpted and hand-painted by world-renowned cake artist, Colette Peters of Colette’s Cakes. Best known for her whimsical and unique cakes for celebrities, Colette’s showpiece of the Emerald City sparkled in hues of metallic green luster and disco dusts, which highlighted the ornate architectural elements. Her cake looked like it stepped right off the pages of the book! Unfortunately, Colette was not able to attend the party, but her cake was a show-stopper!
Next were the illustrations of the book Snow White and a fabulous sculptural cake based on the Evil Queen with elements made of isomalt and rice treats created by Nala Holloman, cake artist for the Night Kitchen Bakery and her own business, Bhumiart. Nala’s specialty is sugar sculpting, seen here in the many hand crafted pieces such as the skull, knife, apple and book of spells.
The next book in the show was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. My cake (Noelle DeSantis owner of Ella Vanilla) was first in the group, showing Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole, with a hand-sculpted cake topper of Alice in free fall as well as hand-painted gum paste decorations in petal, luster and metallic dusts.
Next up was the finely detailed cake with hand-painting and stunning gum paste flowers by Lara Kalin, of LaraLada cakes. She created an enchanting scene with the beautifully rendered caterpillar and Alice, along with gum paste mushroom and cluster of delicate wafer paper foliage at the base.
Lara’s cake was followed by a striking cake in a bright color palette inspired by decorative elements of the Queen of Hearts. Created by Cristina Cinquino of PrimaCristina, this sophisticated and more abstract cake design was highlighted with gold accents and punctuated with stunning wafer paper roses.
Owner of The Fancy Crumb, Briana Green’s gravity-defying topsy-turvy cake of the Mad Hatter’s tea party was next in the line up, highlighting her expertise in complex cake construction, sugar sculpting and refined airbrushing technique.
The next cake was the large, whimsical 3-D cake of the rabbit standing about 2 feet tall created by the super-talented Masha Lipkovksy of Unik Cakes. Finely hand-sculpted on an armature base, Masha’s rabbit looked so realistic as if it could jump right off of the pedestal!
The final cake in the show, was a beautiful interpretation of Noah’s Ark- The Flood. Jennifer Low, owner of the Frosted Fox Cake Shop used buttercream icing applied in an impasto-style technique to achieve the Impressionistic and turbulent atmosphere to her cake, which she then juxtaposed with delicate gum paste roses.
Not only were the cakes show stoppers, but each cake artist brought along cupcakes for tasting.
And a stunning floral arrangement graced the entrance from Robertson’s Florist. The rest of the evening was good fun with the tasting, wine and mingling. Thanks to everyone who came out to make this launch an extra special evening!