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Big Top Cake Competition 2019

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)
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The Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Delgado Community College and John E Koerner & Co., Inc., present the fourth Annual New Orleans Big Top Cake Competition and Bakery Carnival!

2019’s winning cake by Natassia Radford by Sweet Queen Desserts!

2019’s winning cake by Natassia Radford by Sweet Queen Desserts!

Taking place on June 22, 2019, the Big Top Cake & Pastry Competition allows professionals, home bakers, and students to showcase their finest cake decorating techniques to our team of professional judges and the public. This year the theme is “Summer Dreams!”

The competition will be judged by professional judges as well as the public. You get to vote for the best cake and pastry with the People's Choice award while enjoying samples of the tasting cakes and the Bakery Carnival, a showcase of local bakeries sampling out their favorite sweet and savory pastry treats. Demonstrations, tasting cakes, and the Bakery Carnival will be located at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. The decorated cakes will be on display at Dryades Public Market, 1307 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard. 

Samples are first come, first served. Attendance to all events of the day is free with museum admission ($10.50 for adults, $5.25 for students, seniors, and military, and $0 for members of the museum).  In addition to samples and viewing, we'll have decorating demonstrations and more! Winners will be announced at 1:45 PM. Pre-purchase your general admission tickets here: 

Admission includes a ballot to vote for your favorite decorated cake and your favorite Bakery Carnival treat. Stuffing the ballot boxes is fully encouraged, so we'll have extra ballots for purchase! 


11 AM: Doors open to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Cakes will be on display at the Museum. Get your voting ballots at the front desk!

11 AM: Cupcake Decorating! Demonstration with Dee Levigne of Deelightful Cupcakes

12:30 PM: Puff Pastry Demonstration!

1 PM: Voting Ends for the Public

1:45 PM: Winners announced for the competition!

Join the Competition!

If you are interested in competing, please read the rules here.

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Proceeds from event will sponsor SoFAB's Entrepreneurship Program. The Big Top Cake & Pastry Competition and Bakery Carnival serve to highlight local businesses while helping to build the pastry community at the same time

Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support to make this event possible.