Speaking of beavers, the showstopper challenge was the highlight for me. The challenge was to create an animal using cake, and the results varied from incredibly realistic to charmingly cartoonish, and everything in between. The animal cakes were so enjoyable that I couldn’t resist putting together some side-by-side comparisons of the original drawings and the final creations.
The drawings, of course, were made after the final cakes by illustrator Tom Hovey (also known as the man with the coolest job ever!). He once mentioned to Vulture, “My role is to illustrate what the bakers intended to create, not what they actually baked in the tent.” So, I find it fascinating to see a visual comparison of the bakers’ plans alongside the actual outcomes.