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Giraffe & Mouse Circus Themed Cake (1289)

Mouse and Giraffe Themed Circus Cake

Beverly and I attended the National Capital Area Cake Show this weekend in Fairfax, VA. We were super excited to win the circus themed live challenge!

We were up against some intense competition, who definitely made amazing cakes: Wayne and Jim from Swank Cake Design, Pat and Leah Jacoby from Patty Cakes and Courtney and Alaina from Cake Nouveau. Everyone’s cake was so different – Wayne did a really awesome ‘dark’ circus themed cake in blues, purples and black. Pat’s was a really fun circus cake with adorable clowns, a giant clown shoe and seal, etc. And Courtney made an amazing Alice in Wonderland meets circus cake that had really amazing detail. The competition was judged by Norman Davis and Zane Beg, Marina Sousa, Mike McCarey and Lauren Kitchens.

Giraffe with Mouse

Our cake was called “Gigi’s Little Top Circus”. The giraffe, Gigi was about 3 feet tall, and stood on top of a ball. We completed her with a few pairs of faux eyelashes. I have to say, it is quite difficult applying false eyelashes to a giraffe!

Cat with mouse

The mouse circus surrounded her. We had the ‘side show’ : beared lady, Siamese twins, strong man, and ‘pudgy’ lady mouse :) We had clowns, a tight rope walker, an acrobat, a performer, a mime, a stack of mice trying to catch Gigi, a ring ‘mouster’ and a ‘kitty’ tamer, dressed in a safari outfit. We even had one mouse running out from underneath the ball :) Surrounding the cake were five tents (satellite cakes that we were required to include) that housed the ‘cheezession stand’, ‘ring mouster’, ‘performers’, ‘mouse house’ and ‘ side show’.

It was a lot of fun and we were so excited to be able to compete against great cake designers. On Sunday we also taught a great animal topper class. Thanks to everyone who helped us prepare for the challenge, especially my staff and of course Beverly who worked really hard all weekend !

Mice in Circus with globe

Mice on Giraffe

Update: Here’s a video we hastily shot at the show. It’s a bit jerky so I apologize ahead of time:

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  1. cora says:

    I am so glad to hear you won. Abby was thinking it was Courtney. Congratz. It was a really fun event and I am sure I am going to be dragged off again next year. Well I guess not really dragged.

  2. Devona says:

    I really wish I could have come this year. Your cake is awesome, love the giraffe! Congrats on your win.

  3. I was there! These photos actually do not do this amazing creation justice! You were every bit of amazing PINK CAKE BOX!!!! I was really excited to see Anne in Action! I love your work! :)

  4. doreen says:

    Amazing and adorably cute! Nicely done!

  5. karen says:

    You never cease to amaze Anne! Well done!

  6. Fifi Flowers says:

    Oooooh that is trés AMAZING!!! J’adore visiting yor site… the creations are WOW!!!

  7. Andrea says:

    Anne: I was there on Saturday, couldn’t be there for the ceremony but I wished so hard it was you the one to win! I fell in love with you rcake! You are amazingly talented! This is the first cake show I ever went to and enjoyed seeing all of you in action.

  8. Zach says:

    Wow that is an amazing cake, especially the giraffe! Love it’s face.
    I’m and new aspiring cake decorator and your works are seriously inspiring. Congrats on the win!

  9. Anne says:

    Thanks everyone for the support!! :)

  10. Faithy says:

    WOW! This is amazing! Esp. the giraffe! Definitely deserve to win! Congrats!

  11. OMG!!! This was sooo cool! I love Gigi! So adorable! I love that she got eyelashes! Congrats on making one of the coolest cakes I have ever seen! I love it!

  12. Anne,

    The giraffe is amazing what an awesome cake


  13. Terry says:

    Congrats on winning! It is an awesome cake! :) How did you get it to VA? Even in pieces that must have been difficult to transport. Well done! :)

  14. Candace says:

    Wow!!!! This cake is absolutely amazing! The little mice are incredible as well!
    Congratulations on the win! And the win on the TLC’s ultimate cake off as well!

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