CARBA Annual Cake Decorating Contest to be Hosted at 2012 Chicago Flower Garden Show

On March 18, 2012, the finest cake decorators in the Chicagoland area will gather at Navy Pier to compete in the Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association’s (CARBA) annual cake decorating competition. The competition, which will be hosted at the 18th annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, will test the best of the Chicagoland’s cake elite with a series of three challenges, including decorating one rolled fondant cake, a 4-tiered wedding cake, and a sculpted cake, all in the course of 5 ¼ hours. The theme for this year’s Chicago Flower and Garden Show is “Hort Couture,” so fashion, flowers, design and texture will be the focus for the cake competition. The grand prize winner will receive $300, as well as travel and accommodations to the National competition.

Any professional baker and/or cake decorator associated with and employed by a CARBA member bakery is invited to participate. If you are not a CARBA member bakery and are considering competing, please contact Beth Fahey at Applications to participate are due by Friday, February 17, 2012.

CARBA is a non-for-profit organization and an affiliate with the Retail Bakers of America. CARBA’s mission is to further the practice of baking as an art form through collaboration, participation and the exchange of ideas.

While many members of CARBA pride themselves on being local retail bakeries, there is nothing small or simple about what they provide to their customers. CARBA’s membership includes dozens of Chicago’s finest bakeries, united by their explicit dedication to the highest quality and freshness of ingredients, as well as their exceptional customer service.

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show gets over 50,000 visitors every year. CARBA bakeries will be featured throughout the show with cake displays, demonstrations, and the contest will be held on Sunday, March 18th. In addition, participating bakeries will be listed in the Chicago Flower and Garden Show program guide, which is given to every attendee. Take advantage of this great exposure and submit an application for your cake decorator. If you do not submit by February 17th, you will not be listed in the program guide.

For more information or submit your application, visit or contact Beth Fahey, CARBA member and chairperson for the cake decorating contest. Beth Fahey, co-owner of Creative Cakes in Tinley Park can be reached at (708) 614-9755 or

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