Anyhoo, I went over to Cake Central, because they have absolute buttloads of user-submitted cake photos, and it's the best place to pilfer ideas. Since they're awesome, they had a good number of really neat gym cakes!
Let's have a look-see.
This one is hands down my favorite.
They're monkeys!! On the bars! Monkey bars!! Get it?? Look at their little headbands! I think the detail is great, and according to the baker, the monkeys, bananas, and balls were all made out of gumpaste. I have some paste, but I haven't tried working with it yet. Looks tricky.
Seriously, what a rad cake to have at your gym party.
Now, I like this one, even though it features rhythmic gym as opposed to artistic gym. Maybe it's just my penchant for extraordinarily long legs.
I'm not a huge fan of the girl doing the back walkover. Obviously, that position is just kind of fug, and the leotard, while accurate, is offensively shiny. But she does have good hand placement. So there's that. The girl in the red has a very Romanian seeming leo, which is cute. They all three have good toepoint, and those medals are precious.
This one isn't as gym-themed, but I still really like it. Maybe it's the little chunky kid on the beam. I also like the homage to the "perfect 10."
I miss you, perfect 10.
Now, I'm not a gigantic fan of men's gymnastics, and even less of a fan of the stupid pommels, but this is a seriously cute cake.
Fondant and gumpaste over a stacked cake. I'm always in awe of carved cakes.
I like this one because it includes the whole gym. Except, mind you, the vault. But close enough.
Paige is a beast though, holy balls.
Not all of the cakes were awesome, unfortunately. Like, this one, in theory, should be totally cute.
Pink and brown can be ok, and the ribbons are a nice touch. The structure is a little strange... like, is the rectangular piece supposed to be a beam? But what really threw me off here was the placing of the toppers. Call me a perv, but the first thing I see here is 69. It took me a second to realize that was a 6, and then a gymnast.
This one is just lumps. Brightly colored lumps. Cool idea for the bars, but the rest... why is there a red car??
And finally, we have a very special cake. It's just... special.
Where to start? The beam looks like it's made out of cookie dough, which now that I think of it, actually sounds pretty tasty. The brownness of the frosting skeeves me out. All cracking and bubbling. You really couldn't make it go all the way to the bottom? And I don't know what those little colored shards are for, but they don't look very appealing either. Last but not least, the gymnast. I think her head's on backwards, or at least, I hope it is. And I'm sure there was a way to not give her ape arms. I'm sure of it.
So yes. Many gymnastics cakes to behold. Should I ever have kids, and let's be honest, that will probably never happen, they are getting gymnastics themed birthday cakes every single year. Unless they're boys, in which case they get hockey cakes.