I have this philosophy... with no evil; there is no good, with no hate there is no love. So you'll never know what it feels like to win if you never lose. Okay.. okay...I'll stop talking in circles! *giggle* Here's what happened..
With much enthusiasm, I entered an in-house NotterSchool competition. Naively participating with lots of passion; heaps of creativity but lack of sacrificed effort and time. In comparison to my diligent classmates; I turned up with little practice and lots of confidence. I guess getting shot down like that was a good way to teach me a couple things about taking on competition. It wasn't just about knowing how to bake and decorate cakes; I learnt much more that evening after a good hour or so of self reflection on my drive home.
We were given a white envelope 2 weeks ahead and our cakes were to be themed around the item we've drawn.. I picked this awkward little flower with a million colours on it.. .... .... 8 colours to be exact. I never take things literally; and maybe that's my problem.. I can't just plaster a thousand duplicates of this damn flower all over my cake!
... I'm stubborn and too abstract for my own good most of the time. That was what cost me my competitiveness. The judges felt my cake didn't represent the piece I had drawn as my inspiration. I had a story behind this design; but we weren't allowed to watch the judging and I guess the judges were stumped with where this magician theme on my cake came about. The flower reminded me lots about carnivals and magic shows...it spun; had confusing and mesmerizing colours and was topped with an attention seeking diamond in the center. The interior of the cake I had was a ginger cake layered with coconut buttercream. It had a tinge of lemongrass in between each layer to create and illusion of a 'vanilla' looking cake with a spicy flavour. Almost like a magician~... creating surprising illusions with secret ingredients.You know what my problem is... I thought too much about it... overthinking.. one of my many downfalls.
There were 4 winners; 2 in 3rd place, 2nd and 1st. I didn't even place. *sob* :P
Ahhh.. what's the use pouting~ I was happy for my friends who won; they put much thought into their cakes and every single one of them turned out awesome!
I'm glad I gave my first competition a go.. There sure will be many more to come; and I'm very much wiser, excited and enthusiastic about participating in another!
These were the winners;
and a tie for 3rd place-