Decorated cakes: The Best in Show

When I think of decorated cakes, I think of the ballroom gown-shaped Barbie cake and the gummy worm mud cake that I ate on my ninth and 10th birthdays. However, (no offense to my mother, household birthday cake creator extraordinaire), the decorated cakes that you will find in the Education Building at the N.C. State Fair are simply incomparable.

The cakes are one of the most popular competition attractions; typically drawing lines of people wanting to get a glimpse of the cake creativity on display.

Professional, novice and junior cake artists enter the cake decorating competitions for an opportunity to win premium money and prized ribbons. Cakes are judged for appearance, decorating technique and design. This year’s “Best in Show” ribbons were awarded to an undeniably talented group of individuals:

  • Junior Level: Carmen O. Stroupe, of Locust

Cake by Carmen O. Stroupe, who won "Best in Show" in the junior category.

  • Non-professional: Denise Appel, of Raleigh,

Cake by Denise Appel, one of two cakes voted "Best in Show" in the professional category

  •  Adult Professional: Janice Crissman, of Durham


Janet Crissman of Durham won a Best of Show ribbon in the adult professional category for this elaborate three-tiered creation.

Each cake entered into the contest features intricate details that take plenty of practice and hard work. Take a look at the photographs above, but make sure to come check out the exhibit for yourself! You’ll find cakes shaped and decorated as a platter of sushi, a palette of cupcake-shaped paints and a many many more!

About SweetCorn

Katie Ray interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2010. This is her bio from that year: Normally, I’m known as Katie Ray. However, from now on, I’ve decided to be referred to as Sweet Corn—after all, who wouldn’t want to be nicknamed after a vegetable that tastes like candy? Growing up on a small dairy farm, I have always held the N.C. State Fair close to my heart. From the livestock and rabbits to the deep-fried food and rides, I truly do love every aspect of the Fair. Through this blog I hope to spread my enthusiasm for and keep y’all informed about 2010 Fair happenings!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *