Feb 18, 2019

Chocolate Ball 2019 Cake Competition



For my very first time, I was honored to be one of the three judges at this year's Epilepsy Pralid Inc. Chocolate Ball! The theme was, "Chocolate and Cake and the Difference We'll Make."

Eight nearby bakeries in the Rochester, NY area participated by creating a cake using a different Dr. Seuss book as its inspiration. They were judged on taste, texture, moisture, complexity, chocolate, creativity, use of theme, neatness, visual chocolate, and technique.

The winning categories included Best Taste, Best Showpiece, and Grand Prize/Overall Winner. There was also a People's Choice Award voted on by event attendees during cocktail hour.

Each of the cakes was donated to be auctioned off during the Ball's live evening auction. The winning categories included Best Taste, Best Showpiece, and Grand Price/Overall Winner. There was also a People's Choice Award voted on by event attendees during cocktail hour.


Competing bakeries included:

  • The Halfmoon Bakery & Bistro
  • Genesee Valley Club
  • Something Delicious
  • Ma Fille
  • Get Caked
  • The Cake Place
  • Red Horse Bakery
  • Caramel Bakery and Bar

Our top choice for 2019 was:

The Cake Place for Cat in the Hat "Up-Up-Up with a Fish"





The cake was described as a rich chocolate cake, with a whipped mascarpone filling and toffee candy pieces covered in a Ghirardelli chocolate ganache. Modeling chocolate and chocolate fondant completed the design.

A close competitor: How the Grinch Stole Christmas



More Seuss-tastic Cakes:







Jan 3, 2019

Save the Date!


The legendary Chocolate Ball benefitting Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc. is right away the corner! The elegant evening gala will feature food, drinks, music, and a chance to sample and purchase award-winning chocolate cakes. I have the honor of being one of three judges in their Signature Cake Chef Competition. I hope to see you there!


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