First place in IDDBA’s Cake Decorating Challenge this year went to Donna Barley, a decorator with 30 years of experience who currently works at Publix Super Markets in Cape Coral, Fla.
Katherine Dean, Dorothy Lane Market, Dayton, Ohio, came in second, while Stephanie Dillon, Hy-Vee, Lee’s Summit, Mo., took third.
The cake competition lasted three days at the Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo in Atlanta. On the first day, decorators had to fill an eight-foot case with cakes. The second day was devoted to wedding cakes. On the final day, decorators completed three cakes based on the show theme — “Growing the Future” — a special occasion and decorator’s choice.