Sunday, June 9, 2013

Dress Form Cake with Roses

Our city does a cake decorating contest.  There is some pretty intense competition.  Last year I took second, this year I took first place and the buttercream award (people's choice).  Here's my entry:

I've done this dress before, but this time I used larger flowers and placed them more concentrated towards the bottom.  I actually didn't even use all of the flowers I had on hand. 
One of the things we were being judged on was how many different techniques we used.  So there are a lot of little details everywhere.  The piped doiley (which broke in about a thousand places) The chocolate table.  The boquet with a variety of flowers.  Draped and quilted fondant on the purse.  The string of beads around the neck are sugar.

The shoes were everyone's favorite.  In fact I think I've discovered a secret.  Every year the entry that wins the buttercream award has a shoe.  I'll keep this in mind for next year.  People don't know this, but shoes are not too hard, just time consuming.

Here's the floorboards made of fondant.  The marbling technique I used for the wood is different than the marbling technique I used for the manequin top.  The floor has long marbled lines, the manequin has more of a curvy marble look.

The next day we served this cake at a young womens fundraiser for our church.  Because it was for the young women, I thought I would make it a little more modest and add sleves.  I actually really like the look with sleves.  If I had known this, I would have added them the night before, but when competing, I try not to do too much that is unknown.

And here's the back

Here I am with my 2 diligent (twin) assistants.

And here's all my booty.  A Bosch mixer, a beautiful cake stand, and a large cupcake pan

The awards.

And, in case you need more pictures, here is the bow side of the dress.

And the non-bow side of the dress.


  1. Hello first of all I would like to tell you that I love your work its amazing!!!!! I have a question on your dress form cake bc I have been asked to make this cake for a sweet 16 but have no idea how to begin....I wanted to ask you what did you use for the bodice was it rice krispies treats? what materials did u use for the stand and pls if you can pls also let me know what size cakes you used for the skirt??? thank you in advance for any information you can give me, pls email me at and again you are very talented :)

  2. pls get back to me when you get the chance...the sweet 16 is nt until april :)