Cake: The Final Frontier at STLV 2016

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Cake: The Final Frontier is a collaboration of effort by 18 cake and sugar artists from around the world, joining together in their passion for the sugar arts and love of the Star Trek franchise.

Heading the mission of Starbase 6250 was Captain Scott Russell (Lt. Cmdr., and SCO of the 1701st Fleet’s Pacific Northwest Squadron), life-long Star Trek fan, and baker/cake decorator since the age of 8.

His crew came together to choose projects from different Starfleet “departments” such as Advanced Starship Design Bureau (Starfleet and other vessels), Federation Archives – Alpha Team (favorite TV episode moments), Exobiology (alien species), To Absent Friends (In Memoriam), and many more.

Knowing the breadth and depth of fandom for the franchise, Russell wanted to get his crew’s work seen by as many fans as possible. He reached out to Roddenberry Entertainment, who invited the Starbase’s crew to bring their work to the 50th Anniversary convention, Star Trek:Las Vegas, 2016.

The response to the project, which was a first of its kind for a convention AND for cake collaborations, surpassed everyone’s expectations. Fans delighted in seeing their favorite characters, ships, technology, and touching tributes to cast members of the original series, created with edible media.

Russell and his crew were also honored by visits from Trek celebrities who, when they saw the work created by such talented artists, commended the crew for bringing something new to the table for all to enjoy and connect with personally. The stars even paid special tribute to a few of the artists by signing pieces, snapping photos with the artwork, and a couple personalized videos just for the artists.

A highlight of the week was the crew participating in the heartfelt thank you to the fans from Rod Roddenberry, in the form of a champagne toast and cake cutting.

It was no easy feat bringing perishable, edible art to Vegas in 110°F summer heat. But the effort was certainly worthwhile. The love from the fans and stars they met was the ultimate reward for a job very well done!

To see the entire collection of work in the collaboration, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Cake-The-Final-Frontier-A-Celebration-of-50-Years-of-Star-Trek-1151921164839683/

 

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Star Trek:TOS technology trio created by Margi Chambers (CakeArt by Margi Chambers – Elizabethton, TN)

Q as Judge from TNG episode, “Encounter at Farpoint”, by Jeanne Winslow (Jeanne Winslow Cake Design - Erie, PA)

Q as Judge from TNG episode, “Encounter at Farpoint”, by Jeanne Winslow (Jeanne Winslow Cake Design – Erie, PA)

Jaylah, from Star Trek Beyond, created by Elisabete Caseiro (BetySugarland-Cake Design by Elisabete Caseiro - Lisbon, Portugal)

Jaylah, from Star Trek Beyond, created by Elisabete Caseiro (BetySugarland-Cake Design by Elisabete Caseiro – Lisbon, Portugal)

Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, portrayed by James Doohan, created by Paul Joachim (The Chocolate Genius- Orlando, FL)

Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, portrayed by James Doohan, created by Paul Joachim (The Chocolate Genius- Orlando, FL)

The champagne toast and cake cutting hosted by Rod Roddenberry. Pictured with Ferengi bartenders in Quark’s Bar at Star Trek:Las Vegas (from left to right) Away Team member Heather Sherman, Captain Scott Russell, and Away Team members Annie Cave and Mitchie Curran.

The champagne toast and cake cutting hosted by Rod Roddenberry. Pictured with Ferengi bartenders in Quark’s Bar at Star Trek:Las Vegas (from left to right) Away Team member Heather Sherman, Captain Scott Russell, and Away Team members Annie Cave and Mitchie Curran.

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by Ensign Sherry Emerson

The Gorn race are actually three species who are  genetically identical and lived on three separate worlds. After they achieved space travel, the three Gorn races discovered one another and learnt of their similarity whereupon it was discovered, through fossil records, that none of their planets was their races true homeworld. Continue reading