The 6th Annual Great St. Petersburg Cupcake Contest Winners Announced

25 Aug 2016, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Events, Press Releases



August 20, 2016


The 6th Annual Great St. Petersburg Cupcake Contest Winners Announced

This year’s contest maxed out, making it the largest cupcake contest hosted by the Morean Arts Center to date!

St. Petersburg, Fla. – More than 1500 people including over 80 contestants had a sweet Saturday at The 6th Annual Great St. Petersburg Cupcake Contest where contestants from all over the Tampa Bay area competed to win bragging rights for the best cupcake in St. Petersburg. The contest was hosted at the Morean Center for Clay in the Warehouse Arts District with nine judges being employed to determine the best overall cupcake. The contestants were split into three categories: Novice, professional, and specialty (gluten free/vegan). cupcake

The specialty category was newly introduced to the contest this year to account for those submitting gluten free and/or vegan cupcakes.

The best cupcake in St. Petersburg by a novice baker was determined by a panel of three judges that included Dawna Stone, founder of St. Pete Food & Wine Festival, Alicia Sherrill of Farmtable Kitchen at Locale Market, and Brien Neal from The winning cupcake was made by Monica McLaughlin with her Root Beer Float cupcake, the second place winner was Lauren Haught with her Lime with Strawberry and Basil Swiss Meringue Buttercream cupcake.

The professional category was judged by Erica Allums, owner of Banyan Café, Ken Tufo from Sea Salt, Jennifer Arthur of Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Tina Contes, General Manager of Datz Dough in Tampa. The winning cupcake was Peanut Butter Cream Banana Dream made by Diane Ratto. Second place was the Angry Orchard Apple Crumb cupcake made by Joyce King.

The specialty category was judged by Melissa and Josh Hobick. First place went to Deborah Molise with her Pumpkin Cheesecake cupcake, and in second place was Brittney Sherley with No Coffee, No Worries cupcake (Vegan Double Mocha).

Each winner and runner-up was awarded a beautiful, hand-crafted “cupcake” plate designed by clay artist Heather Tinnaro, Morean Center for Clay member and instructor.

Sarah Aldrich, marketing manager for the Morean Arts Center, said she was impressed by the turnout of both contestants and attendees this year.

“The contest has always been a great way to introduce people to the Morean Arts Center who may not have otherwise been familiar with us,” said Aldrich. “It allows for people of all ages and skill levels to come together and get creative and have fun with staff, attendees and fellow contestants.”

In addition to the three categories judged, the public was invited to cast a vote for their favorite cupcake in the People’ Choice component of the event. Each vote was a dollar with proceeds benefitting the Morean’s educational programs and scholarships. The winner of the People’s Choice award for best cupcake was Jen Jacobs with an entry called Chai Latte Cupcake with Brown Butter Mascarpone Buttercream Frosting. Second place in the People’s Choice category was Michelle Saxton with Dark Chocolate Coffee with Cream Cheese Buttercream Icing.

Check back with the Morean Arts Center at for more information about The 7th Annual Great St. Petersburg Cupcake Contest in 2017 in honor of the Morean’s 100th birthday!


The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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