After many hours of beading, much fabulous inspiration, and a challenging decision for the judges, the competition results are in! If you’ve been following the Decorate a Beaded Cake competition since it launched in June, the wait is over.
A few thank you’s
However, I am going to keep you in suspense a little longer, before I announce the competition results.
Even more important than that, is sharing my gratitude for everyone who helped to make this event so much fun.
So, that extends to CJ Beaders and Chloe Menage for sponsoring the competition and generously donating prizes.
Then, the Magnificent Seven…aka, the judges! Honestly, I am in awe of you for the time and expertise that you put into examining all the entries and providing us with a set of three prize-winners. This was no easy task. As I processed the entries coming in, I realised just how much creativity and talent we are blessed with in our beading community. And I know it takes a lot of time to go through the judging process. So, a huge thank you to all of you for doing that…
- Anita Adamson
- Cath Thomas
- Chloe Menage
- CJ Beaders
- Leslie Pope
- Leslie Rogalski
- Rowena Henderson
And, if you want to find out more about the judges, check out this link.
Finally, last, but not least…I really want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part. Whether or not you ended up finishing and entering a cake, you are all winners. I know it’s a trite thing to say…it’s all about the taking part… But I really do hope that you all had a fun and rewarding experience. I have certainly had a hugely rewarding experience in admiring all your beautiful entries. So, thank you!
The Competition Results
And now, we come to the fun part… The actual results!
Yes, I am about to share the three winning entries. But I have also put together a souvenir brochure that showcases the work of everyone who sent me an entry. So, if you would like to see that (and I do encourage you to admire all the beautiful entries), you can click on this link to download a copy.
Now, on to the three prize winners…
Third prize – Jessica Hayman
Jessica describes her cake slice in these words, “When I saw the competition I just knew I needed to do a rich fruit cake complete with marzipan and a thin layer of royal icing exactly as my mum used to make.”
And here is her beautiful cake…
Second Prize – Lananh Bui
Lananh describes the inspiration behind her entry, “This cake is for my niece Alyssa who plays the piano. I also love to bake especially tall cakes. This beaded cake is adorned with sliced strawberries, blueberry, lots of sprinkles, and topped with a chocolate “gâteau” and piano key toppings. This box is titled Für Alyssa Music Cake Box inspired from the famous song Fur Elise by Beethoven since it’s close to Alyssa’s name.”
And here is Lananh’s beautiful creation…
First prize – Lesley Belton
Lesley’s cake slice celebrates a few of her favourite things… “Things I like: vanilla sponge with a yummy buttercream and no jam! Surprises inside cakes are always fun. Hearts are a faff but they can be achieved. My favourite colours pink and lilac. I love flowers so that bit was easy. And all that the design needed was a quirky element to make it truly mine. So, enter Julius Cheeser who, as you can see, fell off the cake while stealing a tasty flower. He also took a chunk out of one of the hearts if you look at his tail.”
Here is Lesley’s beautiful slice of cake…
So, from me, the sponsors and all the judges, huge congratulations to everyone. Thank you for sharing your creativity and love of beading with the world!
And, if you feel inspired and want to try making – and decorating – your own cake, you can find the tutorial for the basic cake (with my much simpler decoration!), in this online beading class.