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Day 1: Cake Decorating Challenge

This year is the 15th annual Cake Decorating Challenge. And like every year, three in-store bakery decorators are competing for top honors. This year, the competitors are: Tina Lofthus, Town & Country Markets Inc., Poulsbo, Wash.; Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee Inc., Nevada, Iowa; and Rebecca Woodard, Harp's Food Stores Inc., Lincoln, Ark.–a good cross representation of the country.

And again, like other years, the talent on display is amazing. Today's task was for each decorator to decorate enough cakes to fill one three-tiered, 8-ft. bakery case. As of 3 o'clock today, they were well on their way to filling the cases with dessert cakes, such as Tina's Oreo cake that featured Oreos half dipped in white chocolate and used to top the cake; and decorated cakes. Cupcakes and cupcake pull-apart cake remain a popular selection to fill the cases. Sara decorated a variety of cupcakes, including ones topped with miniature lady bugs and flowers made from nuts and cherries.

I'm sure they will have not problem filling their cases in the remaining hours of the show. Tomorrow, they will decorate a wedding cake and come back after 1 p.m. on Tuesday to find out if Tina, Sara or Rebecca is crowned the champion for the 15th Annual Cake Decorating Challenge.


Liz Webber

Liz Webber is Senior Digital Manager at Supermarket News. She covers fresh foods for the magazine and creates multimedia, blog posts and other content for the website. She joined SN in August 2012.

Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher’s delicious foray into coverage of the food industry was purely accidental. With a background in technology, she joined Supermarket News as associate editor of its Technology...
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