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  • Writer's pictureCheré Dastugue Coen

You Can Win & Eat Your Cake, Too

Updated: May 10

The Great St. Pete Cupcake Competition returns in August 2024 for its 13th decadent year.

Morean Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Fla., is looking for the city’s finest cupcake. But what makes this culinary contest special is the unique piece of art that winners take home. The Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest Award is a lovely glass cupcake created by local artists from the Center’s Morean Glass Studio.

The contest — to be held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2024 — began in 2012 to celebrate the artistry of St. Pete residents and it quickly became a hit. First and second-place awards in the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest are given in both Novice and Professional categories as well as the People’s Choice.

The panel of judges from Tampa's Jackson’s Bistro will evaluate entries based on originality, taste/texture and artistic flair across categories including youth/teen, novice, professional and specialty (vegan/gluten-free). Winners in each category will be awarded a glass-blown cupcake trophy crafted by the Morean Glass Studio, along with other prizes.

Given the event’s popularity, boxes to participants sell out quickly and advance purchase is required. Foodies are granted one People’s Choice vote per box purchased, with a maximum of 12 boxes per person. The festivities kick off at noon and run until 3 p.m., with People’s Choice Award voting closing at 2:45 p.m.

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The Morean Cupcake Award made in the glass studio.

Past cupcake flavors have included Thai Tea with Swiss Meringue, Key Lime Pie, Raspberry Lemonade, Chocolate Guinness Pretzel Cake, Sunshine Carrot, Red Velvet with Active Charcoal Frosting and Sweet Corn & Blackberry.

Hungry yet?

Tickets can be purchased via the Morean Arts Center’s website.

The Morean Arts Center offers programming, unique art experiences and special events. Visitors may enjoy the elaborate and colorful Chihuly Collection, the Morean Glass Center where glass artists demonstrate their hot creations and the Morean Center for Clay, in addition to the main Arts Center. Plan to spend an afternoon for there's plenty to see.

The Morean Arts Center also sponsors Operation: Art of Valor, a veterans-only program that focuses on improving cognition, social interaction, physical dexterity, teamwork, and confidence outside of clinical care. Read more about that inspiring program here.

We visited the Morean Arts Center but much of this story is derived from a press release.
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The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center of St. Petersburg. Credit: Cheré Coen
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The Morean Glass Studio at the Morean Arts Center of St. Petersburg. Credit: Cheré Coen

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