Cupcake Contest

Happy 100th Birthday to the Morean Arts Center!  

The Morean Arts Center invites you to compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE as part of our Centennial Celebration!

Congratulations to our 2017 WINNERS:

People’s Choice
1st Place: Michelle Saxton; Pick of the Patch Pumpkin
2nd Place: Charlene Mangialardi; Boozy Margarita
1st Place: Alexis Blanton; Pancake Breakfast at Tiffany’s
2nd Place: Laura Cipriani; Maple Bacon Peanut Butter
1st Place: Michael Ash; Samoa
2nd Place: Melissa Scruci; Italian Lemon Ricotta
1st Place: Vincent House; Black Bean S’mores
2nd Place: Hailey Cherry; Cinnabunana
1st Place: Rachel O’Brien; Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake
2nd Place: Eric Wilson; Mexican Chocolate




Morean Center for Clay
420 22nd Street South
Saturday, August 19 from 12PM-3PM

A $15 entry fee allows each participant to enter one submission. A minimum of 4 delicious cupcakes are required for entry so that the judges can taste each submission.

First and Second Place awards will be given in both Novice and Professional categories as well as the People’s Choice award, chosen by the public. The Morean Arts Center will be adding an additional category this year, Youth/Teen for competitors ages 10-16 years old. The Specialty category, which debuted last year, will contain competitors choosing to offer Gluten Free or Vegan recipes.

The winners in 2016 were:
First Place Professional: Peanut Butter Cream Banana Dream – Diane Ratto
First Place Novice: Root Beer Float – Monica McLaughlin
First Place Specialty: Pumpkin Cheesecake – Deborah Molise
People’s Choice: Jennifer Jacob’s Chai Latte w/ Brown Butter Mascarpone Buttercream

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 newly designed trophy made by a professional clay artist from the Morean Center for Clay.

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 3PM. The People’s Choice award will be voted on by the attending audience. Participants in the contest are encouraged to bring sufficient quantities (most contestants bring at least a few hundred mini cupcakes) for the public to taste, but not required. Votes will be tallied and winner of the People’s Choice Award announced at 3pm: $1 per vote 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 19. 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 open to 100 contestants, the largest ever in celebration of our 100th Anniversary! (we’ve hit 93 before). Multiple submissions are allowed, but each flavor entered needs to be accompanied by a separate registration form and entry fee.

2017 Judges Panel:
Erica Allums: Owner of Banyan Café
Alicia Sherrill: Locale Gourmet Market Pastry Chef
Jen Jacobs: Past People’s Choice Winner and Owner of Wandering Whisk Bakeshop
Dexter Fabian: I Love the Burg
Matt Smith: Executive Chef at the Hangar
Tami Simms: Local Foodie and Downtown Business Association President
Dawna Stone: LocalsDISH Editor and St. Pete Food & Wine Festival President
Shawn Apel: Local Foodie and Private Chef
Tina Contes: General Manager of Datz Dough
Jen Reese: Pastry Chef with Datz Dough
Nanette Wiser: St. Pete Life Magazine Executive Editor & Food Writer