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2016 Art of the Cake Competition Winners

The Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) is pleased to announce the winners from this year’s Art of the Cake Competition held March 7-9, 2016 during the Midwest Foodservice Expo in Milwaukee, WI.  With the highest turnout of entries in the contest’s history, professional and beginner cake artists from across the state of Wisconsin competed in the Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge, Extreme Groom’s Cake Challenge, Creative Cake Decorating Competition, and the Cupcake Warrior Championship.

In addition to the cake and cupcake competitions, the WBA introduced a brand new contest – Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel.  The duel highlighted five donut categories:  Favorite Fritter, Best Bismarck, Most Creative Cruller, Sensational Savory Long John, and Hole-in-One Donut Holes.

We are proud to feature these award-winning professionals:

Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge

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Best of Show – Buttercream
Tamara Mugerauer, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Best of Show – Fondant
Amanda Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

People’s Choice
Heidi Franz, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Professional Fondant:

First Place (cake pictured on the left)
Amanda Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

Second Place
Jennifer Bukouricz, Monzu Bakery – Green Bay, WI

Third Place
Rebecca Lacrosse, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Student/Beginner Fondant:

First Place
Heidi Franz, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Second Place
Shelley Bodoh, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI

Third Place
Lisa Fuhrman, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Professional Buttercream:

First Place
Tamara Mugerauer, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Student/Beginner Buttercream:

First Place
Nicole Feavel, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Second Place
Cassandra Van De Loo, Stone Cellar Brewpub, Appleton, WI


Extreme Groom’s Cake Challenge

IMG_0137Best of Show
Margaret Van Blaricom, Slice Custom Cakes – Muskego, WI

People’s Choice
Lauretta Archibald, MATC – Milwaukee, WI

Professional:

First Place
Margaret Van Blaricom, Slice Custom Cakes – Muskego, WI

Second Place (cake pictured on the left)
Kimberly Hall, Signature Sweets – Wauwatosa, WI

Third Place
Khandra Henderson, Hy-Vee – Madison, WI

Student/Beginner:

First Place
Alyssa Saxe, Waukesha CountyTechnical College – Waukesha, WI

Second Place
Jessica Reinhardtsen, Waukesha CountyTechnical College, Waukesha, WI

Third Place
Maggie Scharf & Molly Wirz, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Creative Cake Decorating Competition

Best of Show
Amanda Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

People’s Choice
Amanda Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

Professional:

First Place
Amanda Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

Second Place
Jennifer Bukouricz, Monzu Bakery – Green Bay, WI

Third Place
Elizabeth Ewing, Grebe’s Bakery – Milwaukee, WI

Margaret Van Blaricom, Slice Custom Cakes – Muskego, WI

Student/Beginner:

First Place
Gabrielle Hansel, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI

Second Place
Malarie Griese, Amanda Schtazke, & Anna Capen
Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Third Place
Laura Brier, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Cupcake Warrior Championship

Champion
Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

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Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel

Best Bismarck

Best of Wisconsin
Robert Chaffee, Augusta Bakery – Augusta, WI

First Place
Ron Stumbris, Grebe’s Bakery – Milwaukee, WI

Tamara Mugerauer, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

Second Place
Wade Nelson, O&H Danish Bakery – Racine, WI
Joey Carioti, Cranky Al’s – Wauwatosa, WI

Third Place
Tamara Mugerauer, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI
Tony Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

Most Creative Cruller

Best of Wisconsin
Joey Carioti, Cranky Al’s – Wauwatosa, WI

First Place
Ron Stumbris, Grebe’s Bakery – Milwaukee, WI

Second Place
Tony Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

Third Place
Ron Stumbris, Grebe’s Bakery – Milwaukee, WI

Favorite Fritter

Best of Wisconsin
Robert Chaffee, Augusta Bakery – Augusta, WI

First Place
Angela Neff, New Glarus Bakery – New Glarus, WI

Second Place
Joey Carioti, Cranky Al’s – Wauwatosa, WI

Third Place
Ron Stumbris, Grebe’s Bakery – Milwaukee, WI

Sensational Savory Long John

Best of Wisconsin
Tamara Mugerauer, Tamara’s the Cake Guru – Oshkosh, WI

First Place
Tony Nieto, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

Second Place
Robert Chaffee, Augusta Bakery – Augusta, WI

Third Place
Joey Carioti, Cranky Al’s – Wauwatosa, WI

Hole-In-One Donut Hole

Best of Wisconsin
Robert Chaffee, Augusta Bakery – Augusta, WI

First Place
Cheri Barnett, Neato’s Bake Shoppe – Baraboo, WI

Second Place
Ron Stumbris, Grebe’s Bakery – Milwaukee, WI

Congratulations again to all of the 2016 Art of the Cake Competition winners!  We’re thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, talented group of professionals.

Judges for the Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge, Extreme Groom’s Cake Challenge, and the Creative Cake Decorating Competition were Ashley Andre, Wisconsin DATCP, Natalya Chaffee, Augusta Bakery, Jennifer McClure, Fox Valley Technical College, and Diane Wisnieski, The Extra Special Touch Bakery.  The Cupcake Warrior Championship was judged by John Stricker, Practical Baker, Jennifer Bukouricz, Monzu Bakery, and Susan Horvath, Moraine Park Technical College.  Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel was judged by Lois Federman, Something Special from Wisconsin, John Stricker, Practical Baker, and Susan Horvath, Moraine Park Technical College.

All of the competitions were sponsored by the Wisconsin Bakers Association.