Best Of 2016

Best cupcake diva: DIANE RATTO

Best cupcake diva

The big winner at the Morean Arts Center’s 6th Annual Great St. Petersburg Cupcake Contest was Ms. Ratto’s Peanut Butter Cream Banana Dream. This complex mix of flavor and texture reflected an amazing culinary imagination that belies its brief title. Her moist banana cake filled with blackberry, ginger and balsamic jam was beautifully piped with rich peanut buttercream, and the crowning touch was a white chocolate-bark heart full of kaleidoscopic diced pretzels, chocolate covered ginger and Reese’s pieces. A PB&J for the ages. —Jon Palmer Claridge