Last year I entered the Texas state fair in their new virtual contest with the hope of earning a blue ribbon (a personal bucket list item) and walked away happily with a red ribbon. I’m attempting it again this year since they offered up virtual options again. This time the virtual options were much more limited—the only cake option was “Big Tex” themed (fair mascot). Though I feel like last year’s attempt was technically better (and more my speed, aesthically), I decided to attempt to pad my chances by going with a design based off of 2021’s poster instead of the classic look.
Inside was banana cake with French buttercream (chosen only for personal preference since it was the decorating that mattered—my family ate the cake). Outside decor was Swiss meringue buttercream with a cookie/Royal icing topper.
Here’s the inside for fun
And the poster for 2021
Outside frosting was made by piping designs bit by bit/freezing/adding more to a sheet of parchment, then wrapping it around the cake. Normally, you would smooth it, but I was worried that would muddy the white bits, so it’s a bit scraggly in places. Here’s a video that explains the technique better (I don’t know the person who created the video) https://youtu.be/SKZjVmn1u7k
I find out sometime in September if I placed!