Cakewalk’s ‘Take the Cake Bake-Off 2’ makes sweet return

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 courtesy photos/esteban rivera photography Bakers can still enter Cakewalk’s “Take the Cake Bake-Off 2.” Proceeds from the event will support “Share our Strength, No Kid Hungry” campaign and Cakewalk Cares’ school program.
courtesy photos/esteban rivera photography
Bakers can still enter Cakewalk’s “Take the Cake Bake-Off 2.” Proceeds from the event will support “Share our Strength, No Kid Hungry” campaign and Cakewalk Cares’ school program.

 

 courtesy photo/esteban rivera photography This year’s event includes a new category -cakes! Registration is still available for the March 28 event.
courtesy photo/esteban rivera photography
This year’s event includes a new category -cakes! Registration is still available for the March 28 event.

More than 6 dozen bakers are expected to bring their tastiest of treats March 28 to Cakewalk’s “Take the Cake Bake-Off 2” and a few dozen more are being sought to heat up the competition that results in sweet success—helping end childhood hunger.

The Redlands-based cake and candy supply shop’s annual fundraising event has about 30 slots still open for amateur, small-business and skilled bakers to participate in the bake-off, which benefits the “Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry” campaign and Cakewalk’s “Cakewalk Cares” local schools program.

A “sweet reward” for everyone, said Cakewalk owner Erik Martinez.

This year’s competition will take place at Arrowhead Christian Academy’s Eagle Arena, 105 Tennessee Street in Redlands, and will offer up even more goodies, categories to delve into and of course, top prizes for 13 winners, Martinez said.

And upping the stakes, this year’s bake-off will allow cake entries in addition to cupcakes, cookies and cake pops —all vying for the likes of local and celebrity judges, including Charity Pykles-George from Food Networks Cake Wars and Halloween Wars. Cake entries must include education themed decorations or have a Southern California theme to it, he added.

Not a baker? No problem.

The event is open to those with a sweet tooth and for those who love to bake at heart. Demonstrations, instructions on making fondant roses, tips on food coloring and airbrushing are among the “how-to” skills guests can pick up on during the event, in addition to tasting and picking up some freebies from the dozens of vendors.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults and includes an event T-shirt, reusable bag filled with swag, a lanyard and 12 tastings. The event will also host a kids zone and food area. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Baker registration and competition information, ticket purchase and more on Take the Cake Bake-Off 2 can be found at www.takethecakebakeoff.com or by calling 909-792-0048.

Yazmin Alvarez is a reporter with Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at iecn.yazmin@gmail.com.

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