Sweet & Spooky Cake Competition
Nickel City Cake Challenge: Sweet & Spooky took place on October 24th in the stunning loft showroom of Buffalo's own Artisan Kitchens & Baths. Presented by Feed Your Soul productions, the cake decorating competition featured three of Western New York's top bakeries and a live audience of 200 people. Guests snacked on sweet treats from Lake Effect Ice Cream, Niagara Popcorn, Sample restaurant and Sarah Walley Events while watching the two-hour match.
During the live competition, the audience was encouraged to tour Artisan's showrooms where over fifteen Sweet & Spooky cakes submitted by amateur decorators were on display. Evaluated by the event's team of judges and then selected through an audience voting process, two amateurs walked away with cash prizes for their efforts. Daniel Robertson's deftly crafted haunted house cake was chosen as the Best Amateur Cake Overall, and a well-composed mummy cake by Anabel Rivera was selected as the cake offering the best interpretation of the event's Sweet & Spooky theme.
Upstairs, professional teams from Dessert Deli of Williamsville, Muscoreil's of North Tonawanda and Zillycakes of Buffalo took part in a fierce frosting battle, producing magnificent sculpted cakes in just two hours. Each bakery's finished cake was a fantastic and colorful interpretation of the Halloween theme. In the end, judges Carolyn Panzica (highly-awarded pastry artist), Holly Hughes (curator at Albright Knox Art Gallery) and Maria Iacovitti (pastry instructor for NCCC's Culinary Arts program) determined that the finest, most technically proficient and creative cake was crafted by Lindsay Haigh and Kelly Sommerfeldt, the team representing Dessert Deli.
Hosted by 88.7 WBFO's Bert Gambini and featuring the spectacular work of three talented, locally owned bakeries, Nickel City Cake Challenge: Sweet & Spooky was a blast!