Onlookers came out in droves to sneak a peek at the cake entries that filled the cake room of this years National Capital Area Cake Show in Annandale, VA March 26-27.

One of the biggest draws for the competition is the wedding cake competition. Competitors were given a profile, which was on the entry sheet, of a bridal couple for whom they were to design their cake. The couple was described as the following:

Names of couple: Kortni O’Grodnick and Aaron Kelly
Wedding date: April 2, 2011
Reception location: Harbour View 13200 Marina Way, Woodbridge, VA ( )
Reception time: 5:00 p.m.
Wedding Theme: “Simple, yet elegant”

The ceremony will be outside on the patio and the reception will be inside in the converted barn. The wedding colors chosen by the bride are ivory, navy and kiwi green.  The bride will be wearing a dress by Alfred Angelo (style 1719), in ivory with a navy ribbon.

Bouquet: Ivory Roses with grass blades looping through with a navy blue ribbon on the stems. She’s also having ivory Calla Lilies, mini ivory Cymbidium Orchids, and peonies at the reception. Kortni would love to see these flowers incorporated in her cake design.

The bridesmaids will be wearing dresses by Alfred Angelo bridesmaid (style 6482) in navy. The Maid of Honor will be in kiwi green.
They are not traditional people and would love to see other shapes besides round in their wedding cake. They are intrigued by the notion of a monogram (KKA) on their cake, but don’t have a specific style in mind.

Kortni and Aaron met 11 years ago and are the perfect complements of each other. Kortni co-owns her own custom cake shop and Aaron loves to cook. They both have an interest in photography as a hobby. They are honeymooning in Europe for three weeks. Kortni has
never been but Aaron enjoys Italy and Germany. Aaron’s favorite artist is Monet, and Kortni’s is Van Gogh.

The wedding cake must be at least three (3) tiers and must incorporate at least four (4) specific pieces of information mentioned above.

The winning cake was designed by Grand Champion Irene Maston of Vermont. The flowers on this cake are all made of gumpaste and hand-shaded to match actual varieties of each flower. Lace work from the bodice was appliqued on the top two tiers, and eding from the front of the dress is reflected in the string work. The blue ribbon that is draped across the cake also reflects an element of the bride's dress.  The "K" monogram was placed on "endless knot," which represents "the interweaving of time and movement and wisdom and compassion with that which is eternal," Maston indicated on the description sheet that accompanied the cake.