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IDDBA's 21st Annual Cake Decorating Challenge

Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo | Houston, TX | June 5 – 7, 2016

Three highly-skilled, creative supermarket cake decorators traveled to Houston, TX, for the 21st Annual Cake Decorating Challenge.

Nayeli Cruz of Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions; Paige Thornton of Green Valley Marketplace; and Sara Vanderheyden of Hy-Vee Inc. represented their stores in the three-day contest vying not only for the overall honor of 1st Place, but also for the daily recognition and award of People’s Choice winner.

Congratulations to each participant for being selected to compete and for their hard-earned awards!

First Place: Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee Inc.
Second Place: Nayeli Cruz, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions
Third Place: Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace

People’s Choice – Day 1: Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace
People’s Choice – Day 2: Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee Inc.
People’s Choice – Day 3: Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee Inc.

L to R: Mike Eardley, Nayeli Cruz, Sara Vanderheyden, Paige Thornton, John Cheesman
2016 Cake Decorating Challenge

  • IDDBA’s 2016 Cake Decorating Challenge 1st Place – Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee

  • Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace – Day 1 Production Cakes – People’s Choice Award Winner

  • Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee – Day 1 Production Cakes

  • Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace – Day 1 Production Cakes

  • Nayeli Cruz, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions – Day 1 Production Cakes

  • Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee – Day 2 Wedding Cake – People’s Choice Award Winner

  • Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee – Day 2 Wedding Cake

  • Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace – Day 2 Wedding Cake

  • Nayeli Cruz, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions – Day 2 Wedding Cake



  • Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee – Day 3 Theme Cakes – People’s Choice Award Winner

  • IDDBA’s 2016 Cake Decorating Challenge 3rd Place – Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace

  • IDDBA’s 2016 Cake Decorating Challenge 2nd Place – Nayeli Cruz, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions

  • Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Sara Vanderheyden, Hy-Vee – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Nayeli Cruz, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Nayeli Cruz, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Nayeli Cruz, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace – Day 3 Theme Cakes

  • Paige Thornton, Green Valley Marketplace – Day 3 Theme Cakes

The three-day contest began with creating enough production cakes to fill an 8' bakery case. Day two was devoted to the creation of a wedding cake. The third day each contestant decorated three cakes of their choosing, one from each category: special occasion, this year's show theme – Growing the Future, and decorator's choice.