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The Retail Bakers of America has announced the five teams that will compete in the 16th Annual Pillsbury Baker’s Plus Grand Champion Creative Decorating Competition.

The competition, which takes place October 14-15 during The Americas Cake Fair in Orlando, Florida, will feature talented decorating teams that will be challenged in imagination, artistry, and skill over the two-day period. Each team consists of regional affiliate winners as well as top portfolio entries.

Categories for which the competing teams will be judged are a wedding cake, a rolled fondant cake, and a sculpted cake. The highest scoring team, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded the Pillsbury Baker’s Plus Grand Champion Trophy as well as a cash prize.

The five teams announced by RBA include:

  • Belinda Martinez and Cythia Velazquez from the The Cake Plate, Austin, TX
  • Alethea Hickman and Elena Vara from the Passion for Pastry, Coral Springs, FL
  • John Natter and Lisa Smith from Ann's Cake Pan, Horsham, PA 
  • Megan Bignell and Kyle Baker from the Thirsty Whale, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Diane Ahrens and Daisy Janisch from the Piece-A-Cake, Chicago, IL

Contestants must bring their own tools and specialty items. There is no limitation on the use of molds, impression mats, and fondants rollers, which can be used in all categories.