FAIRFIELD, Conn. - When the votes came in Thursday night, the Pink Cupcake Shack won the vote and will be making the cake for Fairfield's 375th gala event taking place later this year.
Each of the five bakers who took part in the bake-off to choose who will make the cake for the anniversary event said it took week to finalize the designs and hours to put them together. The final taste test came at a party Thursday evening at Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield.
"We've been working on this for weeks," PInk Cupcake Shack baker Trevor Seigerman said. Everyone in the shop had some say in how the cake was designed, he said, with everyone wanting to bring something special about Fairfield into the cake.
At the top, a movie reel shows the history of Fairfield and the bottom displays some of Fairfield's biggest landmarks from the Fairfield Theater Company to the sailboats on the Sound.
Putting together the final look for the winning cake took nearly a week, Seigerman said. All of the designs were put onto Styrofoam, he added.
A running theme among many of the bakers was the Dogwood Festival, a big annual event in town. "I love the Dogwood Festival," said Sweet Cakes owner Suszette DeSousa. She incorporated dogwoods all over her cake.
Sweet & Simple owner Michelle Jaffe also made dogwoods the focal point of her cake, echoing DeSousa's love of the annual festival.
For Simply Sweet Patisserie owner Alina Daneho, it was about incorporating the history of the town, from the original town hall building to the dogwoods and the painted fire hydrants that decorate the town.
It was a blind taste and visual test for the voters: All of the owners had to step away from their tables to give the attendees an unbiased vote.
"What a great way to kick off our 375th," First Selectman Mike Tetreau said as tasters wandered among the different cake stations in the event hosted by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. "This is all about celebrating what's great about Fairfield."