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



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1 comment:

Diana Ries said...

Hi Amanda!

I was a volunteer at this event, and fortunate enough to get to try a sample of 5 of these. I was hoping you'd be able to help me identify the one that we volunteers liked the best (other than the toffee winner you mention above, which was my close 2nd favorite, and the other 1st choice I was hearing).

I believe it may be your second choice. The cake was dark chocolate (if you saw the cut one, 3 layers of almost-black brown with white filling, I don't remember the outside except that it was not the cake with macarons or one layer) with some sort of white layer. I personally tasted just a hint of raspberry in it, and it was perfectly moist.

I've been trying to hunt it down for a retirement party (or just because), so any help is appreciated!!

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