The 11th annual ‘Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest’ returns to Morean Art Center this month

All attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite cupcake.

click to enlarge The 11th annual ‘Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest’ returns to Morean Art Center this month
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St. Petersburg’s Morean Art Center typically curates exhibits and workshops, but the creative powerhouse is searching for a different type of artistic perfection this month.

Back for its 11th year, Morean Art Center embarks on an arduous journey to find the best cupcake in all of The Burg’, when its annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest returns on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Located at 420 22nd St. S in the Warehouse Arts District, this sweet competition runs from noon-3 p.m.
First and second place winners from each category—including novice, professional, speciality (which include vegan and gluten-free), youth/teen and “people’s choice”—receive awards. Cupcakes will be judged by their frosting, flavor, texture, presentation and creativity.

In addition to local notoriety and a social media spotlight from the Morean Arts Center, winners get awards that are handcrafted by local artists.

Folks wanting to take their shot at St. Pete’s best cupcake can fill out the contestant entry form, pay the $10 sign up fee, and mentally prepare themselves to bake at least 200 mini cupcakes for the event's attendees to taste.   Registration will be capped at 100 bakers.

And if you’re just interested in the eating part, both general and early admission tickets are available at and range from $10-$25. Early admission gets you into the event an hour earlier, but both ticketing tiers have the option to take a 12-pack or 24-pack of to-go cupcakes home.

Attendees can sample cupcakes throughout the event in order to submit their votes for best cupcake, but it's suggested to enjoy your 12 or 14-pack of to-go sweets for later. Last year, the Morean Arts Center sold out of tickets for the 10th anniversary of this exclusive event, so we recommend snagging your tickets ASAP.

All profits from ticket sales will benefit the Morean Arts Center and its various missions of education, outreach and accessibility— which can be explored in its yearly community impact report.

Last year, winning cupcakes from a variety of different categories included unique flavors like chocolate Guinness pretzel cake, Thai tea, lemon blackberry, red velvet with active charcoal frosting and ice cream sundae.

For more information on 2022’s Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest, head to or its Facebook page at @MoreanArtsCenter.