Ohio State Fair 2022
As part of the 2022 Ohio State Fair, we conceived, designed, and created a wedding cake based on the Creative Arts theme, "Back to Wonderland"! Our cake design included multiple nods to Lewis Carrol's classic book, the animated Disney movie, and the 2010 remake while maintaining an elegant, "wedding" feel.
We entered our cake in the advanced Wedding Theme - Alice in Wonderland category and competed against other amazing cake artists from all over Ohio!
Simply Decadent Won 3rd Place!!
"MAD-ly in Love"
This purple and silver cake (who knows where we came up with those colors), on display at the Ohio State Fair's Ohio Cakes and Sweets Expo, included multiple advanced design elements to bring our vision to life!
The key to my heart!
The cake featured a custom molded chocolate topper with an ornate, silver key and a heart shaped door with the familiar door knob from the animated movie!
A very important date!
In keeping with the theme, the center of the cake featured a gravity defying top hat sculped from chocolate ganache and covered in our marshmallow fondant. A molded, hand painted pocket watch completes the design.
The "Unbirthday Cake"
The Hat and the top two tiers form an illusion of an upside-down cake. This was designed to be reminiscent of the "unbirthday cake" the Mad Hatter presents to Alice in the animated film.
This is our dream...
Both the front and back panels of the cake feature hand painted (with food coloring), and customized illustrations alongside quotes from the books or movies. On this panel, we took a traditional Alice in Wonderland scene and incorporated a "proposer", down on one knee.
"This is our dream, we'll decide where we go from here"
A Cascade of Color
In the animated movie, the Queen of Heart's Card Guard was interrupted by Alice as they were painting white roses red. This is represented on the cake by an ombré cascade of hand-sculpted gum paste roses adorning the upper tiers of the cake.
"MAD-ly in Love"
This cake allowed us to fully explore our creative sides while also testing our technical abilities in fondant, gum paste, and chocolate. We love the result and hope you do as well!
Check out the video above to see a small portion of the steps that went into the creation of this cake!