Cupcake Decorating Competition

This spring, Peddler’s Village presents the 7th Annual Cupcake Decorating Competition, on display from April 29 – May 12. This sweet display will be housed in the Visitor & Event Center (Red Barn, located off Street Road and Peddler’s Lane). Admission is free.

Call for Entries

Whip up some icing art! The Cupcake Decorating Competition will include professional and amateur culinary creations in four categories: Traditional, Baker’s Choice, Student, and Kids. All members of the public are invited to participate in the competition. Deadline to register is April 24, 2024. Entries must include exactly six (6) standard size cupcakes. Cupcakes need to be displayed on a board that is no larger than 12” x 12”.

The Competition


Go back to basics and use only buttercream frosting and/or royal icing in your decorating.


1st Place: $225; 2nd Place: $125; 3rd Place: $100

1st Place: $200; 2nd Place: $100; 3rd Place: $75

Anything goes: frosting, fondant, gum paste, etc. Let your imagination run wild!


1st Place: $225; 2nd Place: $125; 3rd Place: $100

1st Place: $200; 2nd Place: $100; 3rd Place: $75

For ages of 12-17, use your imagination for an entry that could qualify for either of the two categories – Traditional and Baker’s Choice.


1st Place: $100; 2nd Place: $75; 3rd Place: $50

For Ages 11 and younger, are encouraged to express their cupcake creativity in either of the two categories: Traditional and Baker’s Choice.


1st Place: Pizza party for 10 at Giggleberry Fair
2nd Place: 6 One-day Activity Passes to Giggleberry Fair
3rd Place: 4 One-day Activity Passes to Giggleberry Fair

Amateur vs. Professional

  • Please enter the Amateur category if you enjoy baking and decorating as a hobby and are not compensated for it.
  • Please enter the Professional category if you currently sell or have ever been paid for your pastry creations. Do you have a website, blog or business cards that solicit business for your cakes/cupcakes? If the answer is yes to any of these, please enter the Professional category. Professional entries may place a company business card in their display. Professionals that enter the Amateur level will be disqualified.

Entry Drop-Off

Completed entries must be dropped off on Sunday, April 28, 2024, between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Visitor & Event Center (red barn located off Street Road).

Entry Display

The Cupcake Decorating Competition entries will be displayed from April 29 – May 12 during shopping hours.


Judging will begin Monday & Tuesday, April 29-30. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: creativity, workmanship, degree of difficulty and overall appearance.


Ribbons will be placed on winning entries. The winners will be posted on the Peddler’s Village website. The winners list will not be available by phone. Prizes will be mailed to the winners the week of May 6th.


Peddler’s Village reserves the right to photograph entries for promotional and/or advertising without compensation.

Entry Pickup

All entries must be picked up Monday, May 13, 2024, between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Any entries not picked up by this time will become the property of Peddler’s Village. Entries removed prior to 5:00 p.m. on May 12 without authorization will result in disqualification from future contests.

Dos & Don’ts

  • The Cupcake Decorating Competition is a family-friendly show. Peddler’s Village reserves the right not to display an entry that is deemed offensive, controversial, inappropriate, religious, political, or poorly constructed and may remove entries based on guest complaints or damage.
  • Entries must include exactly six (6) standard size cupcakes. The cupcakes may follow a specific theme.
  • Cupcakes need to be displayed on a board that is no larger than 12” x 12”. Boards may be wrapped with decorative fabric or paper, but it will not be included in judging.
  • Special backdrops, table coverings, or pictures are not permitted.
  • Please securely attach a 3”x 5” card on the underside of your display base listing your name, address, email, phone number, and the category and level you have entered. Please include any details about your entry that you feel might be important to the judges (i.e. list of edible items you have used that are unusual, the name of your entry, etc.).
  • More than one person may work on a single entry, but the 6 cupcakes will be judged together as one.
  • Entries should be made using 100% edible decorations. Toothpicks are allowed for stability.
  • Cupcakes must be edible but will not be judged on flavor and taste, therefore you are not required to bake your cupcakes. You may purchase plain cupcakes to decorate.
  • If using pre-made decorations (flowers, letters, etc.), please use as accent to design only, not as majority of decoration.
  • Entries with plastic figurines and other non-edible items will be disqualified. Glue gun use is prohibited.
  • Designs must be appropriate for cupcake-sized treats. Decorating a sheet of fondant and placing it over all six cupcakes is not permitted.
  • Peddler’s Village is not responsible for any cupcakes on display.