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Chocolate Artisan Cake Competition [Closed]

I’d always had it in my mind that I’d run a competition on this blog some day to give away some food-related prize. Well my devoted readers, frequent visitors, casual passers-by and opportunistic competition fly-by-nighters, that day has finally arrived, and it’s one hell of a prize!

Thanks to the very talented Jessica Pedemont, award winning chocolatier and pastry chef, the owner of Chocolate Artisan and member of Planet Cake’s “Dream Team”, this up-to-200-portion towering monster of a cake, with a retail value of around $1000, can be yours to win.

Have a party coming up real soon? Looking to lavish some cakey love on your co-workers? Do you have a large extended family, or live on your own but have one hell of an appetite for cake? Whatever the reason, act fast as this competition closes Friday 24th June competition is now closed.

Read on to find out more about Jessica, the cake and how to enter the competition.

Image Source: Planet Cake

Look familiar? Whilst you may not know her by name, you may have come across this image sometime towards the end of 2010 as this photo was one of the finalists of the Shoot the Chef competition for that year. It’s an image that is a source of personal pride as I was fortunate enough to be involved in this shoot, though not as the primary photographer. However, that’s a story for another time, that is if I ever get around to it…

Naturally, there’s more to Jessica than kickin’ the sweet crumb out of towering wedding cakes after a hard day at work. Her culinary training has taken her around the world to the now two Michelin star Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in Chicago, the well renowned The French Pastry School (the Dean of which was the protagonist of the documentary King of Pastry), as well as various restaurants and patisseries in France and Australia.

Nowadays, she has her fingers in many pies as an ambassador for TAFE’s 120th anniversary, Australian ambassador for Switzerland’s Felchlin chocolate company, as well as her various roles at Planet Cake, running her Chocolate Artisan business and winning awards such as silver medals for her chocolates at the Royal Easter Show 2011.

Oh, she’s also an avid supporter of #TEAMBILLY on Masterchef Australia. Unfortunately, she’s still waiting for her #teambilly t-shirt. Help push through the next batch of shirts and show your support for Billy by ordering one of your own.

Ok, let’s move onto why you’re really here.

This unnamed two-tiered cake, made from a triple-layered 9 inch round base and double-layered 6 inch top tier, stands at around 50-60cm give or take. Inside you’ll find layers of rich, dark chocolate ganache sandwiched between chocolate mud cake brushed with Grand Marnier syrup. This is all covered in fondant; a black and white marble patterned base, topped with a glossy red tier and a decorative wire frame at the peak.

Notice that I’d mentioned that this cake was unnamed? The goal of this competition is to select a name that you feel best reflects the nature of this cake.

The conditions of entry and details for this competition are as follows:

  1. Leave a comment on this post with the name you would give this cake, and provide a brief explanation of why you feel your entry should be the winning one.
  2. The competition will be judged on the merits of what I feel to be the most suitable name that best encompasses the nature of this cake. The judge’s decision is final and no discussions will be entered into.
  3. Competition closes 5pm Friday 24th June 2011, with the winner to be announced via Twitter and the heart of food Facebook Fan Page later that evening. This competition is now closed.
  4. Make sure to leave a valid email address when leaving your comment as this email address will be provided to Chocolate Artisan in order to contact the winner and make arrangement to hand over the prize.
  5. This competition is open to residents of the Sydney metropolitan area only, or those that commute to this area around the time of the competition.

Good luck with your entry!

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Disclaimer: the heart of food will not accept responsibility for any injury sustained by the competition winner, especially one caused by giving the prize a roundhouse kick. Internal support struts within the cake and the laws of physics will likely prevent you from replicating the results in the Shoot the Chef finalist photo.

Edit: Thank you to everyone that has participated in this competition. Whilst there were a number of good entries, the one I feel best encompasses the nature of the cake is “Chinese Whispers” by Vivian – vxdollface.

Congratuations Vivian! Your details have be passed onto Jessica at Chocolate Artisan to make the arrangement for you to receive this fabulous prize valued at around $1000.

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  • Phuoc'n Delicious June 22, 2011, 5:19 am

    What a cake! The only thing that’s going through my mind when I look at that cake is “eyes”; like creepy eyes that appear to stare you down in an eery forest in cartoon books. So I’d call the cake along the lines of “Eyes of the Forest”…

    Creepy creepy eyes…

  • Gaby June 22, 2011, 9:18 am

    I’d call it “Kill me now”. My excuse for wanting the cake? My husband, two friends and I will be moving to a sharehouse in a few weeks and we could definitely use the cake in the housewarming party.

  • Denea June 22, 2011, 10:10 am

    stunning! I’ve been following Jessica’s illustrious career for a while now and she certainly is a Queen of Coverture.

    Great subject and gorgeous post.

    I’d call this cake “the Picasso”, abstract, moreish, clean lines which don’t follow the norm, creative, masterful and truly a work of art.

  • Chris June 22, 2011, 10:53 am

    Oh, I was going to say Picasso….well, how about Cycling in the Chaos? to me, it seems like an abstract interpretation of wheels and gears and other bike parts flying through the air.

  • Vivian - vxdollface June 22, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Ooooh awesome competition :D
    Jess has some creative talent going on!

    Anyway, I hereby dub thee “Chinese Whispers”!
    When I look at the cake colour combination, I can’t help but be reminded of Chinese New Year, especially the top red tier oozing prosperity. The wire frame decor is like a tree branch hanging with red pockets but it also looks like they’re being wished away into the air. Which brings me to the word ‘Whispers’; the black smears on the marbled bottom tier are wispy like a calligraphy brush moving freely. Also the red, black and purple fondant are similar in shapes but each is a slight shift in change much like how ‘Chinese Whispers’ can be lost in translation!

    Hopefully I win this .. haven’t had time to organise a gift for mum’s 50th (24th June) since I’ve got exams -.- *fingers&toes crossed* lol

  • Wendy @ Obesebaby June 22, 2011, 9:23 pm

    First thing came to my mind is a very oriental feeling of red and candle alike top layer. I will call this “Raise the red lantern”. actually it is a very famous Chinese movie from GongLi which she was a well educated woman who has been married against her will. she fight strong to live in a big family and is our guide through the strange, ritual-saturated world. This cake seems to have alot of meaning about how lucky we are to live in a free world to celebrate things we are happy about. I would love to win this to be ready to celebreate me and my bf 2nd yr anniverary in coming month.

  • muppy June 23, 2011, 9:24 am

    It truly is an emotive piece of art. Reminds me of lady beetles, hence my name of ‘Lady Bug Love’.

  • Martyna @ Wholesome Cook June 23, 2011, 9:54 am

    China rising 2011: vernis rouge (noir et violet sur blanc)

    Like Wendy, the cake reminded me of China and its people’s aspirations to be creative and cosmopolitan without limits.

    While the colour red is strong and dominant at the centre of the cake, the country and its people are going through a lot of change, self-discovery and new ways of expression through art, architecture, fashion and interaction with the western world. Certain lines become blurred, others look a bit abstract but, one way or another, creativity – even if still confined to the realities of the regime (use of basic colours with red at the centre) finds its way to blossom (branches at the top) and venture into the formerly forbidden (shades of purple).

  • mademoiselle delicieuse June 23, 2011, 10:06 am

    LOL love the disclaimer!

    • Simon June 25, 2011, 12:42 am

      Glad you picked up on it! Was worried that everyone would skim it over :)

  • Jackie Brodin June 23, 2011, 10:53 am

    Geisha – the pattern on cake reminds me of a kimono and the red is a strong Japanese colour of flag and also lipstick on the geishas. The wire and thing on top reminds me of butterflies ie Madame Butterfly

  • Chanel June 23, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Ohhh what a prize! I do have one hell of an appetite for cake, but I also have some upcoming parties that this cake would be perfect for!

    This abstract styled cake reminds me of a uniquely dressed patron of the arts, Opera, and a little bit Vivienne Westwood, and a bit of a (signal) flare as well! So I would name it “A Flare* For Drama” (*not a typo) :D

  • Taren June 23, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Jess is an amazing cake designer as I like to call her! ALL of her creations are breath taking. She created a cake for my son’s 1st brthday & is also creating my dream cake for our wedding. My name for this cake would be “Can you handle this”. If anyone ever wants a fantastic cake ring jess! She will go above & beyond your expectations!

  • Jason June 23, 2011, 3:54 pm

    The Mad Hatter.

    Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?

    No, But imagine a world, mad. Really mad. Are you lost in a dream? What’s up and what’s down?

    Welcome to wonderland and the bottom tier of “The Mad Hatter”.

    You can’t tell time nor direction and you don’t want to because it leads you to a red marble table. Perfect for Tea Time. But is it? Or a disguised queen?

    Overcoming her treachery the mad hatter pushes your through, and you wake up outside the confusion and madness BUT taking a little bit of the madness you started with.

    “The Mad Hatter” portrays a journey in a world that is unpredictable, represented by the eccentric bottom layer, appearing to be moving in spontaneous directions. Further into your travel challenges are represented by the red layer. But no matter how daunting the red layer is, it is much smaller than the “world”. Out of trials you take bits from your madness that makes you stronger, thus “The Mad Hatter”

  • zac June 23, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I would call it “form constant” both for the constant form of (the wonderful and amazing) Jess in and out of the ring but also because I have seen that cake floating past me in a on a recent trip.
    The reason I should win? I really like cake! If that’s not enough, I will also promise to share it with really lovely people who also like cake.

  • BEC June 23, 2011, 4:14 pm

    It’s clear to me!
    It’s “Princess Beatrices’ afternoon tea”

  • Don Cummings June 23, 2011, 5:22 pm

    I would love to win! pick me! pick me!

    Jessica there is more integrity in your work then anyone I know, your are a specialist in your field and one of the great pastry chefs of Australia.

    Warmest xx

  • sugarpuffi June 23, 2011, 5:56 pm

    oh mi gad! this looks like such an awesome cake. great giveaway simon!

    i would call this cake ‘Pucci not Gucci’~ its a bit fashion related. Pucci’s fashion revolves around bold, vibrant and bright colours, often in the form of swirls and prints. This bracelet by Pucci in my opinion resembles the cake very much http://goo.gl/TjSlw (sorry am i allowed to put links here?) and that is how I came up with the name.

    As to why i deserve to win this fabulous cake, well this year will be my 25th birthday and it’s like a mini milestone for me; im not in my early 20s anymore :( not as big as a 21st or 30th birthday but it would still mean quite a lot to me. Getting this cake for my birthday would be really really awesome. It would be the biggest cake ive ever got, prob would take 4-5 of my usual bday cakes to match this one! I’ll be a super duper happy puffi if i can win this! :D

  • Katrina June 23, 2011, 5:59 pm

    I would name the magnificent cake “PIZZAZZ” as both the maker and the cake are true to the meaning of the word!

  • Shaun June 24, 2011, 9:56 am

    jaffa smasher double tier

  • the ninja June 24, 2011, 9:59 am

    “Dali v. Pablo P.”

    Also, your disclaimer is misleading, you can easily solve the problem of structural support by putting a minion inside the cake beforehand. I should win because I’m practical like that

    • Simon June 25, 2011, 12:44 am

      Then the disclaimer on injury would shift to the minion :)

  • Lee Sedgwick June 24, 2011, 10:13 am

    It reminds me of a day at the races, so the name is “Race Day”.
    I would love to share it with my colleagues at our 30th June party.

  • Amanda Collison June 24, 2011, 10:28 am

    GLAMOROUS it looks like a real funky cake.

  • FFichiban June 24, 2011, 11:06 am

    Love that shoot the chef entry! Cos its got my 2 favourtie forms of art together woot!

    • Simon June 25, 2011, 12:47 am

      What, chef cosplay and Pro Hart inspired cake destruction? “Oh Mr Hart, what a mess!” :P

  • Julia Cowie June 24, 2011, 12:10 pm

    “FANCY PANTS”
    Such an awesome cake! Definately a show piece for our 30th June party :o)

  • Cheryl Booth June 24, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Your cake design looks unbelivable!!!! I would call your cake the “Crazy Chocolate Craving Creation” & would love to win it so my new work colleagues & I can celebrate the end of financial year in decadent chocolate-feeding frenzy style!!!!!

  • Ben June 24, 2011, 12:44 pm

    “Experimont de la Pedemont” – Voila!
    It has style, it has flair, it has movement, it has grace. An experiment extraordinaire! A fusion of art, fashion and science. The Cake that is pioneering it’s own movement: “Chocoholicism”.
    My sweetheart Henrietta’s 30th birthday is drawing near, please make her every dream come true. Jess, I love you.
    Your No. 1 fan,
    Ben x

  • Peter Harris June 24, 2011, 3:02 pm

    It has to be a tribute to Lady Gaga doesn’t it? So simply “LA GAGA” would be my chosen name.

  • Ally Papadopoulos June 24, 2011, 4:33 pm

    “Lava Dreams” my niece took one look at it and said it reminded her of a lava lamp bubbling up. I think it just looks too awesome to eat…. however having had the pleasure of having one of jessica’ cakes I am afraid I would have no trouble in chopping it up and eating most of it myself.

  • William Chen June 24, 2011, 5:03 pm

    When I look at that cake, I just want to munch on all the little goodies on the outside, and dig into its many layers of yummy chocolate and syrup goodness inside. So the name of the cake…and why I should win? – “For Goodness Cakes” Let Me Eat This!!

  • peter June 24, 2011, 11:39 pm

    Simon. What about the winners of the runners up prizes? You know, the cakes that are only slightly smaller than the main prize?

    • Simon June 25, 2011, 12:53 am

      As in a 150 portion consolation prize? Unfortunately not this time. Though feel free to print out the photo of the cake on your home printer if that would suffice :)

  • Marla July 6, 2011, 10:35 pm

    Such an pretty cake & amazing giveaway! Good luck to the lucky namer :)

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