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The Art of

Cake decorators increase their exposure and bolster their

In winning the competition, Evans, owner of The Wedding Cake

skills by competing in cake decorating competitions.

Connection in Peoria, Illinois, and Dowling concentrated on

Competitions often bring out the best in team members with

their individual strengths. Evans designed a gorgeous rose gold

complementary skills.

wedding cake that featured textured layers, intricate stenciling
and delicate string work.

Barbara Evans and Mary Jo Dowling exemplified this truism in
winning the 17th Annual Pillsbury Bakers' Plus Grand Champion

Dowling sculpted a lifelike husky dog out of cake and icing with

Creative Decorating Competition, held April 8-9 during the

a mechanical wagging tail. Evans explained that contestants

Atlantic Bakery Expo at the Atlantic City Convention Center in

followed the scripted theme - a couple getting married at a

Atlantic City, New Jersey.

botanical garden, and the groom being a hockey player with a
dog named Puck.

"I do the fiddly bits and cake carving. Barb is very neat, pris"Eight hours goes incredibly fast," Evans said. "We are honored

Frosting & Crumbs cake studio in Pittsburgh.

to be in the place we're in."


tine, and her string work is incredible," said Dowling, who runs

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