18th Annual Cake Decorating Challenge

The winner of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association's 18th annual Cake Decorating Challenge is Rebecca Lougheed, Food City, Greeneville, TN.

The event was held at the Dairy-Deli-Bake 2013 seminar and expo in Orlando, FL, June 2-4.

Second place went to: Kelli Coleman, Dillons, Lawrence, KS.

The third place winner is: Dawnette Costa, Giant Eagle, Inc., Erie, PA.

The Cake Decorating Challenge judges were:

Luke Bender, Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC
Jim Caliendo, Rich Products Corporation

A special thanks for support and assistance goes to:

Ray Lippert, Bakery Crafts
Pam Pelzel, Bakery Crafts
Elizabeth Riggs, Bakery Crafts

Thank you to these Show & Sell Center 2013 sponsors providing product for the Cake Decorating Challenge:

Bakery Crafts
Barry Callebaut
Enjay Converters Ltd.
Fondarific
in2food
Lawrence Foods, Inc.
Lowe Refrigeration, Inc.
Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC
Rich Products Corporation

Three highly-skilled, creative supermarket cake decorators vie for top honors as they demonstrate their decorating skills and creative talents in IDDBA's Annual Cake Decorating Challenge.

The three-day contest (they're not judged on endurance, but that's certainly a factor) begins with creating enough production cakes to fill one multi-tiered, eight-foot bakery case on Day One. Day Two is devoted to the creation of a wedding cake. Day Three is a special "Decorator's Choice" theme event.

Contestants receive an all-expense paid trip to Orlando, gifts, trophies, bragging rights, and publicity.