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June 10-12 | New Orleans

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Cake Decorating Challenge

Three supermarket decorators brought their designs to life during the live competition. Each day of the competition, they completed new challenges including: creating an eight-foot bakery case of cakes, two custom “300th Anniversary of New Orleans” themed cakes, and a tiered wedding cake.

Each day, IDDBA 18 attendees voted for their favorite decorator to be awarded the People’s Choice Award. These awards were presented the end of each day.

New this year was the Best Tasting Cake Award. Joshua John Russell from in2food judged this competition and presented the award to Natasha Damm on Sunday, June 10.
  • The first-place winner was Lindsay Anderson—Lunds & Byerlys, Minneapolis, MN.
  • The second-place winner was Natasha Damm—Garden Home Market Place, Portland, OR.
  • The third-place winner was Randy Stratton—Dillons, Wichita, KS.

Congratulations to our talented decorators! Each year we are amazed by the skill and expertise of our contestants.

2018 Cake Decorating Challenge Recap


Lindsay Anderson
Lunds & Byerlys, Minneapolis, MN

Lindsay started decorating cakes 14 years ago in high school but had been interested in decorating since she was a kid. She loves that her job allows her to use her creativity and passion for art each day in her current role as a Pastry Chef.

Favorite Cake to Eat: Chocolate, with a little ice cream on the side

Craziest Cake Ever Made: A ten tier wedding display for a window display at one of our locations. I had to use a small ladder to decorate the top!

Trend Most Excited to See at IDDBA 18: I’d love to see other people’s take on succulents. Also, unicorns! Who doesn’t love a good unicorn?

Natasha Damm
Garden Home Market Place, Portland, OR

Growing up, Natasha was drawn toward creative projects, but after attending culinary school, she found her true passion of cakes and bakery. She started her decorating career nine years ago when she began decorating basic cakes. She now decorates production cakes, cake orders, and wedding cakes as the Lead Cake Decorator.

Favorite Cake to Eat: Chocolate, the richer the better

Craziest Cake Ever Made: A retirement cake for my mom that was made to look like the top of my mom’s desk

Trend Most Excited to See at IDDBA 18: Something new I’ve never seen before; A new take on the unicorn cake or the geode cake

Randy Stratton
Dillons, Wichita KS

Randy started in bakery about four years ago as a cake decorator because it was a creative way for him to express himself. In his first year, he moved up to become a pastry chef and now does custom orders and the bakery cases. He enjoys getting to play a role in major events in peoples lives through decorating.

Favorite Cake to Eat: Homemade lemon cake with fresh glaze.

Craziest Cake Ever Made: A Halloween clown cake where I had to sculpt a 3D clown head silhouette.

Trend Most Excited to See at IDDBA 18: I’m obsessed with the floral trend going on right now and hope to see some of the more abstract artsy trends like chocolate sails and drip cakes.