Keeann Cramer of Jerry’s Foods in Edina won the top prize in the birthday cake category and the team of Cristiana Popescu and Andrea Halleland of Daube’s Bakery in Rochester took the honors in the wedding cake category of the Ultimate Cake Decorating Competition sponsored by the Upper Midwest Bakers Association (UMBA) on Sunday, Oct. 14. The contest took place in the rotunda of Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

The contest featured ten competitors in the birthday cake competition with its theme of "My Ultimate Halloween Cake" and 8 teams of decorators in the wedding cake competition with “Wendy and Steve’s Wedding" theme. Cramer took home the top prize of $500 while Popescu and Halleland shared the $1000 prize in the wedding category.

In conjunction with the competition, the UMBA held a children’s cupcake decorating event where children could decorate a cupcake for $1. The event raised over $400 for the UMBA’s scholarship fund.

The event was emceed by Lynn Schurman of the UMBA Board.

The event was sponsored by BakeMark, Bakery Crafts, Brill, DecoPac, Dawn Foods, General Mills, Gregory’s, Grex Airbrush and Lindar. Coborn’s and Cold Spring Bakery provided the cakes for the competition.

Complete list of winners:
Birthday Cake Competition: “My Ultimate Halloween Cake"
1st place and winner of $500: Keeann Cramer, Jerry’s Foods, Edina, MN
2nd place and winner of $250: Katie Okochi, Lund’s Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
3rd place and winner of $125: Angie Feddick, Queen of Cakes, Edina, MN

Wedding Cake Competition- "Steve and Wendy’s Wedding"
1st place and winner of $1000: Cristiana Popescu and Andrea Halleland, Daube’s Bakery, Rochester, MN
2nd place and winner of $500: Fhoua Yang-Moua and Jaime VanderWoude, St. Louis Park & Edina Byerly’s, MN
3rd place and winner of $250: Rachel Wille and Rheanna Larson, Queen of Cakes, Edina, MN