City of Hope's Let Them Eat Cake Competition Selects 2014 Winners

Hunger Games cake by Masha Lipkovsky of The Art Institute
The Art Institute's Masha Lipkovsky won the Let Them Eat Cake 2014 Best Student award for her Hunger Games-themed entry.

Earlier this week, The City of Hope Foundation held their annual Let Them Eat Cake competition at the DoubleTree Hilton in downtown Philadelphia. The event showcased twenty-one fantasy wedding cakes from professional and student bakers who competed for this year's trophies. Natanya DiBona of Diner en Blanc Philadelphia served as head judge over a panel of celebrity chefs and media including former White House Chef John Moeller, Chef Kathy Gold (President of Les Dames d’Escoffier), Michael Klein (, Laura Burkhardt (Where Magazine), A.D. Amorosi (Philadelphia City Paper), and yours truly (Glamorosi Magazine).

Bird and Rose cake by Whipped Bakeshop
Let Them Eat Cake 2014 featured fondant fabrications with entries ranging from fun-loving to formal. On April 7, hundreds of attendees looked on as winning cakes were recognized in six categories: Best of Show: Sweet T's Bakeshop for their Dr. Seuss-themed cake; Best Theme: Whipped Bakeshop for their Bird and Rose cake; Tree cake by The MerionMost Artistic: The Merion for their immense Tree with Pixies; Best Taste: Classic Cakes for their lemon-raspberry Green Hill and Castle; Best Student: The Art Institute's Masha Lipkovsky for her white Hunger Games-themed cake; Audience Choice: The Master's Baker for their Moby Dick-themed cake. An additional award for Best Table Top was presented to the Bottle Pop Party Company for their gorgeous Boho Moroccan display.
Maroon cake by the Art Institute's Kelly Seaver
My two personal favorites at Let Them Eat Cake 2014 were both by students from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The aforementioned Hunger Games cake by Masha Lipovsky was my choice for most beautiful; it was unique, and the detail – including the intricate pearl trim – was immaculately executed. For me, the best tasting entry was the Maroon cake with stripes and flowers by Kelly Seaver; it was moist, not too sweet, and had the perfect balance of lemon and lavender.

Proceeds from Let Them Eat Cake benefit The City of Hope Foundation and its mission to research and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses. For our coverage of last year's Let Them Eat Cake competition click here.

Moby Dick cake by The Master's Baker

All photos ©Glamorosi 2014

Reese Amorosi (aka Glamorosi) is the editor of Glamorosi Magazine. To follow Glamorosi Magazine on Facebook click here.

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014