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MFE Cake Competition

Bakery Competitions

March 11, 12 & 13

Bakery and pastry artists unite at the Midwest Foodservice Expo to compete in a variety of competitions, held by the Wisconsin Bakers Association. 2019 categories include:

  • NEW! Extreme Birthday Cake Challenge
  • Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge (Fondant & Non-Fondant)
  • Creative Cake Decorating Competition
  • NEW! Wisconsin's Top Cupcake
  • Best of the Midwest Pie Contest
  • Baker's Best Kringle Contest
  • NEW! Decorated Cut-Out Cookie Contest
  • Wisconsin's Ultimate Donut Duel
  • NEW! Clash of the Cake Artists (Live Event)

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Birthday Cakes

Extreme Birthday Cake Challenge

New in 2019!

Undeniable creativity comes to life in a competition that showcases cake designs fit for a birthday celebration - the Extreme Birthday Cake Challenge.

Cake designs will be fun, interesting, gorgeous and are sure to bring the party to the MFE show floor.

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Creative Cakes

Creative Cakes Decorating Competition

"Into the Wild" is the theme for the 2019 Creative Cake Decorating Competition. 

Competitors bring artistic perspective and Pastry Arts aptitude to impress the judges and MFE attendees! They'll originate and develop cakes for this year's theme that only you can imagine and make a reality.

All entries are judged on appearance only and are awarded points for neatness, originality, creativity, colors, and degree of difficulty.

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MFE Fondant Wedding Cake Competition

Wedding Cakes

Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge

Showcase your skill, talent and originality with icings - fondant or non-fondant - in the extreme competition showcasing wedding cake artistry.

Fondant Category
Fondant icing is the focus of this category in the Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge.

Non-Fondant Category
Buttercream, powdered sugar drizzle or any other non-fondant frosting makes up this category!

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Live Competition

Clash of the Cake Artists

New in 2019!

In Clash of the Cake Artists, four teams of two bakery artists or pastry chefs will decorate cakes in three categories - wedding, sculpted and fondant - live on the show floor. Action happens Monday and Tuesday, with the cakes staying on display for Wednesday.

The winning team advances to compete at the next level of competition in Las Vegas later in 2019!

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Wisconsin's Top Cupcake

New in 2019!

From classic to crazy, this competition showcases rich, decadent, and the ultimate in cupcake indulgence.

Two categories - Classic Cupcakes and Crazy Cupcakes - will be professionally judged on a points-based system to earn the top honor of Wisconsin's Top Cupcake.

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Decorated Cut-Out Cookie Contest

New in 2019!

Love to see beautiful cookies? This fun contest showcases plated themes in one of two categories: Buttercream and Royal Icing. 

It's guaranteed that these cookies will be (almost) too pretty to eat!

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Baker's Best Kringle Contest

Rich, full flavored goodness with the right blend of fruit, nuts, or other ingredients that make Wisconsin's Kringle the very best. Baked to ultimate perfection, nothing could be better. Judging for the Baker's Best Kringle Contest is based on taste and presentation!

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MFE Donut Competition


Ultimate Donut Duel

Competitors create bold flavors and a twist on the classics for incredible bites of this versatile treat.

Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, you're sure to be impressed by the entries in Wisconsin's Ultimate Donut Duel. This contest determines the very best award-winning donuts in the state!

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MFE Pie Competition

Fruit Pies

Best of the Midwest Pie Contest

Whose fruit pie is one of the very best in the Midwest?

Competitors bake their favorite fruit pie and enter it in the Best of the Midwest Pie Contest!

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MFE Awards Dinner Sponsorship

WBA Awards & Appetizers Night

Monday evening, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
400 W Wisconsin Avenue
Wisconsin Center, Ballroom D

Network with WBA members and bakery owners. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres while WBA announces the Bakery Operation of the Year as well as new inductees into the Baker’s Hall of Fame.

Pre-registration is required.

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