Cupcake Contest

8th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

Official results:

Specialty (Gluten Free/Vegan):
1st place: Brittani McKenna; Watermelon
2nd place: Hallie Diagne; Vegan Stress Reliever

Youth/Teen: (10-16 years old)
1st place: Danila Ruffin; S’mores
2nd place: Rachel O’Brien; Coconut Daisies
3rd place: Abigail Hasan; Lemon Poppy Seed Strawberry

1st place: Christel Haberland; Tres Leches
2nd place: Ashlee Beckley; Chocolate Stout w/ Baileys Irish Cream
3rd place: Michael Turner; Peanut Butter and Jelly

1st place: Ashleigh Johnson; Chocolate Overdose
2nd place: Rachel Gelbman; Lemon Basil
3rd place: Shannon Sullivan; Over the Top Cherry Almond

People’s Choice:
1st place: Michelle Saxton; Lemon/Lavender/Blueberry
2nd place: Sofia Chapman; S’mores

Additional awards:
Overall Concept: Sara Fludd (P2); A Royal Wedding
Artistic Award: Sofia Chapman (Y1); S’mores

See you in 2019!

The Morean Arts Center invites you to compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE! 

The contest will be hosted at the Morean Center for Clay located in the Warehouse Arts District at 420 22nd Street South – Saturday, August 25 from 12-3 p.m.

Registration is CLOSED

First and Second Place awards will be given in both Novice and Professional categories as well as the People’s Choice award. The Morean Arts Center will continue to accept entries for additional categories including Youth/Teen for those aspiring bakers ages 10-16 years old, and the Specialty category for those choosing to offer Gluten Free or Vegan recipes.

The winners in 2017 were:
First Place Professional: Alexis Blanton; Pancake Breakfast at Tiffany’s
First Place Novice: Michael Ash; Samoa
First Place Specialty: Vincent House; Black Bean S’mores
First Place Youth/Teen: Rachel O’Brien; Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake
People’s Choice: Michelle Saxton; Pick of the Patch Pumpkin

Cupcakes will be judged on icing/frosting, flavor/texture and presentation/creativity for a total of 50 points, which allows plenty of room for edible creativity. The winners will receive bragging rights around St. Petersburg and a handmade cupcake trophy by a local artist to be announced later this summer.

Competitor Space: 2’x2′ (6-foot tables will be divided into 3 spaces)

The winning cupcakes will enjoy fame and fortune as a celebrity on the Morean website, Facebook page and city-wide media. Awards announced at 3 p.m. The People’s Choice award will be voted on by the attending audience. Participants in the contest are encouraged to bring sufficient quantities for the public to taste, but not required. Votes will be tallied and winner of the People’s Choice Award announced at 3 p.m. $5 admission will be collected to help support the Morean Arts Center’s mission of Connecting People with Art.

Admission of $5 per person (ages 5+) will be charged upon entry on August 25. Each entrant will receive 5 ballots for the People’s Choice Award with their admission. Additional ballots may be purchased for $1 each, cash or credit accepted.

We ask that all attendees please enjoy their cupcakes ON property.

Registration will be capped at 100 contestants. Please send in forms as soon as possible. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each flavor entered needs to be accompanied by a separate registration form and entry fee. For information or questions on how to enter the contest, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872.

2018 Judges:

Jen Jacobs – Owner of Wandering Whisk Bakeshop/Previous People’s Choice winner

Dexter Fabian – Co-creator of I Love the Burg

Matt Smith – Executive Chef at The Hanger

Ken Tufo – Executive Chef at Sea Salt

Nanette Wiser – Freelance Writer/Editor

Leslie Ann Ciccone – Owner of (swah-rey)

Lauren Wyer – General Manager at Datz Dough

Devin Ayers – Chef at Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Event Date:

Saturday, August 25

Event Time:

12-3 p.m.

Event Location:

Morean Center for Clay

420 22nd Street South

St. Petersburg, FL. 33712


Thank you to our generous sponsor: