‘Driving’ bakery sales
Lawrence Foods got in the spirit of the novelty cake craze with this frosted classic car.
IDDBA’s Confection Castle started out as a foam model that was then decorated with delectable treats inside and out.
Reasons to celebrate
Among the novelty cakes on display at IDDBA were this rainbow Pride cake, a unisex “Love Bites” shark cake and a Taco Tuesday cake, because, why not?
File this under the ever increasing list of occasions to celebrate with a special cake: the “Potty Like a Rock Star” cake, above right, for little achievers.
A fish called delicious
Father’s Day is the perfect occasion for this fish-out-of-water cake.
While not technically a baked good, candied apples can make for a visually appealing impulse buy in the bakery department.
Bigger and bolder
Pretzels continue to grow in size and variety, with sweet, savory and spicy giant pretzels attracting customers’ eyes and dollars.
They’re interactive, Instagrammable and in demand — sweet snacks with dipping sauces are the hot dessert of the moment.
Sure, the pastries are eye-catching but it’s the merchandising case from Magnolia River that pulls it all together.
Cake challenge champion
The winner of IDDBA's 24thAnnual Cake Decorating Challenge was Joni Graham of Carmen’s Independent CityMarket in Toronto.
Cake challenge runner-up
Second place in the Cake Decorating Challenge went to Jess Tatham from Publix Super Markets in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Hy-Vee takes third place
Rounding out the IDDBA cake decorating challenge in third place was Dana Nygaard from Hy-Vee in Robbinsdale, Minn.