Bakers decorate cakes at NorthPark Mall

27 Hy-Vee bakers competed in the annual Cake Designer Challenge on Thursday.
Bakers decorate cakes at NorthPark Mall

Bakers from 20 Hy-Vee stores throughout the region met at NorthPark Mall Thursday to compete in Hy-Vee’s annual Cake Designer Challenge.

The 27 designers made cakes, cookies and cupcakes and decorated them according to themes they chose.

“We’re just creating whatever we can,” said competitor, Freda Merrell. “To kind of let people know that Hy-Vee can do more than just your plain ordinary straight flat sheet cake.”

After three hours of decorating, judges picked the winners.

1st place: Melissa Ring – Burlington – High School Theme

2nd place: Michelle Juranko – Moline – Oriental Theme

3rd place: Emilie Davies – Sycamore – Las Vegas Theme

Runner-up Sarah Mozak – Iowa City – Arctic Theme

The three bakers who placed will go on to compete in the finals on March 27 at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines.