Iowa State Fair

Food: Decorated Cakes

August 16, 2021

Top professional and amateur cake decorators vied for top honors in the Decorated Cakes competition, judged Monday, August 9, prior to the start of the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Sweet To Eat Bakery and Cake Shop in Ankeny won the Sweepstakes Award. Brenda Klyn of Pella earned Reserve Sweepstakes.

Entries were judges on execution, difficulty, appearance, neatness, originality, design, and edible applications.

Complete results follow:

Professional - Sculpted Cake

1) Brandy Gosselin, Pleasant Hill

2) Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop, Ankeny

3) Dawn Wilkens, Norwalk

Professional - Single Cake

1) Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop, Ankeny

2) Claire Bombela, Pleasant Hill

Professional – Tiered

1) Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop, Ankeny

2) Alyssa Poutre, Fort Dodge

3) Missy Koll, Ankeny

Professional - Cookies, Cupcakes, Petit Fours, Cake Balls

1) Alyssa Poutre, Fort Dodge

2) Brandy Gosselin, Pleasant Hill

3) Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop, Ankeny

Professional - Sugar Artistry

1) Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop, Ankeny

Professional - Wedding Cakes (traditional, modern or alternative)

1) None awarded

2) None awarded

3) Dawn Wilkens, Norwalk

Professional - Overall Winners

1) Brandy Gosselin, Pleasant Hill

2) Alyssa Poutre, Fort Dodge

3) Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop, Ankeny

Adult Open - Sculpted Cake

1) Caitlyn Pote, Norwalk

Adult Open - Single Cake

1) None awarded

2) Brenda Klyn, Pella

Adult Open - Tiered

1) Danne Dzon, West Des Moines

Adult Open - Cookies, Cupcakes, Petit Fours, Cake Balls
1) None awarded

2) Brenda Klyn, Pella

Adult Open - Sugar Artistry

1) Brenda Klyn, Pella

2) Milly Ortiz, Clive

Adult Open - Wedding Cakes (traditional, modern or alternative)

1) None awarded

Adults – Overall Winners

1) Caitlyn Pote, Norwalk

2) Brenda Klyn, Pella

3) Danne Dzon, West Des Moines

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 134 divisions, 603 classes and nearly 6500 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air.