ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The 1st Annual Kids ONLY Cupcake Contest was hosted by the Morean Arts Center this weekend. Ten entries from the Tampa Bay area, including two from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, competed for prizes. The contest was held at the Morean Arts Center on Central Avenue this weekend with 7 judges being employed to determine the best overall cupcakes by the area’s aspiring bakers.
After massive response over the past three years for the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest held annually in August, including an increasing number of youth entries each year, it only made sense for the Morean Arts Center to focus on the kids this time. The contest was held in conjunction with the open registration kick-off for the Morean’s Summer Art Camps.
The cupcakes were judged by a panel of 7 that included: Adam Yungbluth, clay artist and manager at the Morean Center for Clay; Tina Contes, GM of Datz Dough in Tampa; Jake Schultz, Director of the annual Race for the Cupcake 5K; Valerie Knight, past winner of the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest and 2013 judge; Lori Schmidt, past winner of the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest, Amy Dinovo and Elaine Goller; both volunteers of the Morean Arts Center.
The trophies for this year’s contest were beautiful ceramic cupcakes made and donated by artists Alicia Diem and Beth Morean. To see their work in person, please visit the Morean Center for Clay in the Warehouse Arts District.
There was a People’s Choice component of the event and during the two hour time period the public were invited to cast their vote for the best cupcake with tickets sold for one dollar a piece, all proceeds benefitting the Morean’s educational programs and scholarships. The winner of the People’s Choice award for the 7 to 10 year old category was Joanna Steenberge with her Hamburger Cupcakes – designed to look just like an old-fashioned diner-style hamburger and fries meal. 11 to 15 year old category People’s Choice winner was Alexandra Jackson with her Lemon Honeysuckle cupcakes.
Judges awards were given out in the following categories:
7 to 10 year olds: Best Presentation went to Zoe Keller’s Lava Cupcake, Overall Flavor to Cal’Nya Swain’s Carrot Cupcakes , Most Unique Ingredient to Kevin Lacey with his Berry Extreme Cupcakes, Best Frosting to Lauren Richard’s Crazylicious Chocolate Cookie Dough Cupcakes and Most Colorful to Alexandra Wallace’s Alexandra’s Amazing Mini Marvels.
11 to 15 year olds: Chef’s Choice went to Olivia Lourwood’s Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes, Overall Flavor to Savannah Lee Taylor’s Marshmallow Delight, and Artist’s Choice to Milla Mohrman’s Starry, Starry Night Cupcakes.
The Morean Arts Center will be hosting the 4th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest on August 16, 2014. Details to be announced in June.
For more information on Summer Camp offerings at the Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay, please visit MoreanArtsCenter.org. Ten weeks of camp adventures begin June 9 for ages 5-15 in a variety of mediums.
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.