Creative Cakes Contest Winners

Here are the runners-up in our recent Creative Cakes contest.

Awestruck. There's no better way to describe the reaction of the Taste of Home staff as we witnessed more than 4,000 entries flood in for our recent "Creative Cakes" contest. Our judges were swept away by magical swirls of buttercream icing, fondant in all its glory, cascading gumpaste flowers, sparkling candies and lots of luster dust!

We were so captivated by the cute, elegant and fun cakes that we added a third-place prize to each category plus a host of runners-up pictured here. (Read about the winners in the August/September issue on pages 16-17.)

Pretty Pink Flowers. With plenty of royal icing and butter cream frosting, Kristine Kelly from Salem, Wisconsin created an exquisite flower basket.

How romantic. Elaine Dongell from Cincinnati, Ohio decorated this special cake with edible lace, pink roses and sage green leaves.

Roses Galore. Eighteen-year-old Stephanie Shattuck from Canton, Pennsylvania carefully crafted each of the elegant fondant roses on this cake.

Diligent Student. Lisa Sargent from Hanahan, South Carolina made these intricate flowers at a Wilton cake decorating class. Her handiwork resulted in this beautiful floral basket cake to celebrate birthdays and welcome spring.

Tea Party. Lise Bonin from Kyle, Texas brought this spectacular tea party cake to a baby shower. Notice the sweet little face on the center bud.

Unforgettable Creation. Gumpaste lilies and pansies adorn this attractive bridal shower cake from Andi Krahn of Kodiak, Alaska.

Too Pretty to Eat. When Cortney Hammontree from Knoxville, Tennessee brought her tiger lily cake to the party, guests were stunned. “It was so gorgeous, I had to talk the whole crowd into eating it. No one wanted me to cut it!”