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11th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

The Morean Arts Center invites you to compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE!

The contest will be hosted at the Morean Center for Clay located in the Warehouse Arts District at 420 22nd Street South – Saturday, August 27 from 12pm-3pm

INFO for Cupcake ‘Eaters’

Timed Admission tickets can be pre-purchased via Eventbrite and will include UNLIMITED votes and a to-go container for mini-cupcakes (12-pack or 24-pack offered). Tickets are priced with an early-access rate on the first hour (12-1pm) guaranteeing first choice to some of the most popular flavors and beautifully decorated cupcakes (no additional charge for Morean Members).

Tickets will go on sale June 11th

We ask that all attendees please enjoy their cupcakes OUTSIDE, at HOME, on a PLANE, in a BOX or on a TRAIN.

INFO for cupcake ‘creators’

First and Second Place awards will be given in ALL categories including Novice, Professional, Youth/Teen (Ages 10-16), Specialty (Gluten Free or Vegan) as well as the People’s Choice. 

Cupcakes will be judged on icing/frosting, flavor/texture and presentation/creativity for a total of 50 points, which allows plenty of room for edible creativity. 

Competitor Space: 2’x3′ (6-foot tables will be divided into 2 spaces)

The winning cupcakes will enjoy fame and fortune as a celebrity on the Morean website, social media and city-wide media in addition to handcrafted awards by local artists. Judged Awards announced at 3 p.m. 

The People’s Choice award will be voted on by the attending audience via digital survey. Votes will be tallied and winner of the People’s Choice Award announced at midnight on the 27th.  

Registration will be capped at 100 contestants.
Contestants are required to bring 4 regular size cupcakes for the judges, and a minimum of 200 mini cupcakes for the public to taste. Remember that the more you bring, the more potential votes you can receive!
Multiple submissions are allowed, but each flavor entered needs to be accompanied by a separate registration form and entry fee.

Step 1: Complete Google Form HERE
Step 2: Pay Entry Fee HERE
Step 3: Print/Sign Liability Form and Photo Waiver, please bring on August 27 at check-in. Download form HERE

For information or questions, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872.

Event Date:
Saturday, August 27

Event Time:

Event Location:
Morean Center for Clay
420 22nd Street South
St. Petersburg, FL. 33712

The most recently celebrated (2021) winners were as follows:

1st Place: Thai Tea (Monica McLaughlin)
2nd Place: Raspberry Lemonade (Sharon Impemba)
1st Place: Chocolate Guinsess Pretzel Cake (Rachel Gelbmann)
2nd Place: Key Lime Pie (Rachel Gelbmann)
1st Place: Lemon Blackberry (Caitlin Walker)
2nd Place: Sunshine Carrot Cupcake (Marijka Hayes)
1st Place: Thai Tea with Swiss Meringue (Debra Cooper)
2nd Place: Red Velvet with Active Charcoal Frosting (Debra Cooper)

People’s Choice:

1st Place (trophy recipient): P1: Rachel Gelbmann; Chocolate Guinness Pretzel Cake
2nd Place: (trophy recipient): Y2: Olivia McLaughlin; Ice Cream Sundae
3rd Place: P4: Michelle Saxton; Sweet Corn & Blackberry
4th Place: P2: Rachel Gelbmann; Key Lime Pie