Cake Fest… you know, the new cake show that popped up on the map in Lafayette, Louisiana this year? (Well, this past weekend, to be precise.)
The one that somehow caught on FI-YAH… enticing CRAZY talented cake artists from every corner of the planet to leave their eclectic hobbit holes and congregate together in the spicy, cajun style section of the south, frolicking about over tireless feasts of catfish, gumbo, and boudin?
Long time friends who’ve been sharing pieces of their hearts with each other over the internet for years, finally getting to meet face to face… hugging, crying, and throwing themselves into bouts of raucous laughter, over and over again.
Let me tell you… around every new corner, laying eyes on a familiar face that had thus only been seen as a little profile picture on a screen, suddenly appearing before you in real flesh and blood, is NOT something the mind can easily process.
Yet it is an experience like no other, causing spontaneous smiles, instant joy, and moments where you feel that your heart may just actually burst right inside of your chest.
It was overwhelming… in the best way possible.
You can know someone “online”, it’s true. But can you love them the way you do when you finally get to touch them? To actually SEE them smile at you and HEAR them say your name while doing it?
Can you really experience their personality, their quirks and their sarcasm… their wit and their mannerisms the way you can while you invade an old fashioned candy store together, late on a Sunday night… or in local restaurant that you’ve all just basically funded for the night, leaving the hostesses gasping for breath and gaping at you like you’ve got three heads when you say, “Woops, make that 1o more people on the way” (when you’ve already got 20 people seated at your table)?
You can’t. This I now know.
In a matter of three days, I’ve run the gamut of emotions, forging real friendships (no longer to be labelled as people I only know “online”), having made memories with some of the sweetest, craziest, funniest, and most talented people in the industry… quite possibly on the Earth.
I worked with some of them, cried with a select few… laughed with almost everyone, and even danced and sang at the top of my lungs with those who had the energy left… and let me tell you, I enjoyed just about every second of my time with each and every one of these crazies.
and my cheeks are bruised from the excessive, endless smiling that I just couldn’t contain.
But it was worth it a BILLION times over.
We made some memories that can not be erased with time… and we shared a moment that many may never be blessed with in this lifetime.
My cup runneth over.
That was the good… there WAS no bad… and quite frankly, the only ugly to be had was the first glance each morning in the mirror after the three hours of sleep had each night before. (Wull, ok… the ugly might’ve extended beyond that first glance, but I’m just gonna pretend that the makeup and hairspray did the trick. A girl can pretend.)
It was a weekend for the books. One I will cherish… one that will make me laugh out loud when looked back upon, for most likely the rest of my life.
Oh… and the show was pretty fun, too. Xx
The finished showpiece that we, as part of the Cake Revolution team, constructed for the show’s theme, “Toys in the Attic”.
We each made several of the vintage toys to bring with us to the show, and all worked together to assemble
the piece the night before the show.
* The Vintage, Marquee style letters were made by Avalon Yarnes of Avalon Cakes.
*There are actual battery powered lights inserted into the letters, each covered in an isomalt bulb, hand blown by Michelle Boyd of Good Gracious Cakes, who also made the robot toys.
* My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake made by Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company.
*Etch-a-Sketch, the Fisher Price recorder and the Garbage Pail Kids cards were made by Kara Andretta of Kara’s Couture Cakes.
* The Simon game, the Little People, and the Cootie Game made by Rudy Martinez of Man Bakes Cake.
*The Star Wars Lego figures and little monkey doll made by Ivone Kartadinata of Sugar Penguin Cakery.
* I made Rainbow Brite and the blue haired troll doll out of modeling chocolate, and the Rubik’s cube out of gumpaste.
Here’s a little video I put together of some of the photos that were snapped along the way, this past weekend.
Just a little keepsake for me of the people who ran off with a little piece of my heart. Xx
*Many of the toys were made out of modeling chocolate.
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