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2018 CityArts Cupcake Challenge

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018  |  1-3 p.m.

You’ve been challenged to compete in the second installment of a sweet fundraiser for CityArts! On Saturday, Aug. 4, bakers and bakeries will show off their tastiest cupcake creations at the 2nd Annual CityArts Cupcake Challenge, an event that raises funds for art supplies and equipment for CityArts’ programming opportunities to underserved populations and youth programming throughout the school year.

Tickets on sale now!
Limited 100 tickets available for the Challenge — get yours today!
Stop by the front desk or call (316) 350-3245 to purchase.


  • Contestants must bring 2 cupcakes for submission. Cupcakes should be brought in a disposable container ready for presentation. These will be used by the judges for scoring. Please drop these cupcakes off during event registration (Saturday, August 4 at 12 p.m.).
  • Please bring additional cupcakes for attendees (up to 100 possible attendees). People’s Choice Award will be presented at the conclusion of the event for each category. The more people who get to taste your entry, the better chance you have of winning. You do not have to bring full-sized cupcakes. Your sample cupcakes can be full-sized cupcakes cut in half or mini versions of your cupcake.
  • If your cupcake contains nuts or alcohol, please label carefully.
  • Participants must check-in at the counting table between 12-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. Judging will begin promptly at 1:15 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.
  • There is a $25 entry fee that should be paid via credit card at the time of registration. Registration will be capped at 40 participants (15 for Novice category, 15 for Professional category and 10 for Kids category).
  • Audience members will be allowed to taste entries on a first-come, first-serve basis. Audience members will pay $10 for the event, which includes cupcake tasting and a ballot to vote for one People’s Choice winner per category. Additional ballots will be sold for $1 cash only.
  • Participants must provide a high-res image of their cupcake (JPEG or PDF), cupcake name and brief description of the cupcake they are entering into the contest via email to by Friday, July 20. This information will be used for the judge ballots and various promotional materials.
  • Decorate your space! Last year, participants did a stellar job decorating their spaces that coincided with the theme / flavor of their cupcake creations. The sky is the limit.


  • A fused glass cupcake plate, a ceramic cupcake or other tasty art-related prize.
  • Bragging rights around the City of Wichita.
  • The top cupcake in each category, as well as the top People’s Choice Award winner in each category, will receive a gift card to Cake Stuff.


  • Novice: For individuals who don’t sell cupcakes for a profit (hobbyist bakers);
  • Professional: For individuals or entities that sell cupcakes for a profit;
  • Kids: For youth ages 7-15 of all experience levels.

*Only one submission per individual or entity allowed for the challenge.

All entries are digital this year. Scroll down to fill out the entry form (entry form will be available May 11). If you're unable to complete the digital entry form below, email Sean ( for a paper copy.


  • Friday, May 11: Submissions open (see digital form below)
  • Monday, June 11: General admission tickets go on sale
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED! Friday, July 13: Deadline for submission (application, entry fee, image, description)
  • Saturday, Aug. 4: 2nd Annual Cupcake Challenge, 1-3 p.m.
    Set up for event begins at 12 p.m. Judging begins at 1:15 p.m. Winners announced at 2:30 p.m.