Cupcake Contest

9th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

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

2019 Winners:

1st: Mia Davis-Diaz; Chocolate Coffee
2nd: Amelie and Kyra Anders; Lemon Zest
Budding Baker: Olivia McLaughlin; Honey Bee

Specialty (Vegan/Gluten Free):
1st: Anthony Dunlap; Vegan Gluten Free Carrot
2nd: Natalia Lima; Vegan Chocolate Butter Pecan
3rd: Christine Wheeler; Vegan Moonshine Apple Pie

1st: Samantha Shaw; Ferrero Rocher
2nd: Toril Tofte; Mayan Coffee Cupcake
Experimental Award: Justin Martin, BBQ
Presentation Award: Cindy Waller; Root Beer Float

1st: Reina Tavarez; Maple Bacon
2nd: Hallie Diagne; Charcoal Velvet
Special Recognition: Latoya Baker Harris; Maple Bacon (Cheeseburger in Paradise)

People’s Choice:
1st: Michelle Saxton; Top Banana
2nd: Rachel Gelbmann; Chocolate Mousse Toffee Crunch Salted Caramel
3rd: Bonnie Grey; Milky Way


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

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Entry Form

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 2018 were:
1st place Novice: Christel Haberland; Tres Leches
1st place Professional: Ashleigh Johnson; Chocolate Overdose
1st place Specialty: Brittani McKenna; Watermelon
1st place Youth/Teen: Danila Ruffin; S’mores
1st place People’s Choice: Michelle Saxton; Lemon/Lavender/Blueberry
Overall Concept: Sara Fludd (P2); A Royal Wedding
Artistic Award: Sofia Chapman (Y1); S’mores

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 (mini cupcakes work best). Votes will be tallied and winner of the People’s Choice Award announced at 3 p.m. $7 admission will be collected to help support the Morean Arts Center’s mission of Connecting People with Art.

Admission of $7 per person (ages 5+) will be charged upon entry on August 3. Each entrant will receive 7 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 (see link above for download).
Multiple submissions are allowed, but each flavor entered needs to be accompanied by a separate registration form and entry fee.
For information or questions, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872.

Event Date:
Saturday, August 3

Event Time:

Event Location:
Morean Center for Clay
420 22nd Street South
St. Petersburg, FL. 33712

Thank you to our generous sponsor: