Images courtesy of The Big Top Cake Competition and Bakery Carnival
On June 24, professionals, home bakers, and students met at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum to compete in the second annual New Orleans Big Top Cake Competition and Bakery Carnival.

The theme for this year’s event was "It's Happy Hour Somewhere!" and the competitors decorated cakes following that theme. The theme allowed for plenty of creativity, and some truly great cakes resulted.

Here are the results of the competition:

Cake Decoration, Professional/Adult

    1st Place Professional Category - Becky Rodriguez
  • 1st Place: Becky Rodriguez
  • 2nd Place: Melissa Daniel of Rouses Markets
  • 3rd Place: Patti Kallinikos of IP Casino Resort and Spa
  • People's Choice: Becky Rodriguez

Cake Decoration, Student

1st Place Student Category by Cindy Hutto
  • 1st Place: Cindy Hutto of Delgado Community College
  • 2nd Place: Miranda Boyd of Louisiana Culinary Institute
  • 3rd Place: Bricen Lawson of Delgado Community College
  • People's Choice: Cindy Hutto of Delgado Community College

The Bakery Carnival portion of the event featured bakeries offering samples of their sweet treats to attendees, who then had a chance to vote for their favorite bakery from the carnival. Each person attending received two tickets, one to vote for a favorite decorated cake in the Big Top Cake Competition and one to choose a favorite Bakery Carnival treat.

Here are the results of Bakery Carnival portion:

Bakery Carnival Category

  • 1st Place: Deelightful Cupcakes, LLC (Dwynesha Lavigne)
  • 2nd Place: Louisiana Culinary Institute (Christina Nicosia)
  • 3rd Place: Delgado Community College (Jon Petrie)
  • People's Choice: Island View Casino (Sarah Serdynski)