Cincinnati Magazine presents The Great Cincinnati Bake-Off 2023

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

MadTree Taproom, 3301 Madison Rd., Oakley

Sweet, savory, and everything in between–come taste the best baked treats Cincinnati has to offer. Featuring local bakeries and national brands, your sweet tooth will be in heaven!

Professional and amateur bakers are selected to enter and bake their very best. Winners are selected the night before the party by a panel of judges made up of professional bakers, members of the media, and influencers. The winners are announced at the celebration, surrounded by a bounty of local baked goods, and each winner will receive a Golden Rolling Pin trophy presented by Fisher Nuts!

Looking to participate in our Great Bake-Off? Applications are now open and will be accepted until Wednesday, September 27. Participants will be informed of their selection by Wednesday, October 4. Submit your application now here.

Selected participants will have their bakes graded by our panel of judges on Tuesday, October 17. This deliberation will be followed by a public celebration on Wednesday, October 18, where both amateur and professional creations will be on display, culminating in the eagerly anticipated announcement of the winners!

Your Ticket Includes:

  • All-you-can-enjoy sweet and savory treats
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Swag bag full of take-home goodies
  • Complimentary parking

Enjoy Tasty Sweet Treats from these Local Bakeries:

  • Mon Petit Choux
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • ....More to come!

More Tasty Sweet Treats from our Partners:

  • Les Kitty Kats (Dairy Free) presented by Guittard
  • Chewy Milk Chocolate Blondie Bars presented by Guittard
  • Brick Brownies (Dairy Free) presented by Guittard
  • Keto Brownies presented by Duncan Hines
  • Pecan Pie presented by Fisher Nuts
  • Coconut Banana Bread presented by Thai Kitchen
  • Oreos for everyone!
  • Milk Chocolate Stuffed Puffs S'mores
  • Stuffed Puffs Cookies & Cream Rice Krispie Treats
  • Stuffed Puffs Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
  • Crepes with Hazelnut spread and Berries presented by Bonne Maman
  • Lemon Curd Tartlets presented by Bonne Maman
  • Raspberry Linzer Torte Bars presented by Blue Diamond
  • Pumpkin Cake presented by Splenda
  • Wild Berry Muffins presented by Pillsbury
  • Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan) presented by Nestle

Savory Treats To Enjoy:

  • Dolly Parton's Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
  • White Chicken Chile presented by McCormick
  • Pepper & Chive Cheese Straws presented by Blue Diamond
  • Butternut Squash Salad presented by Garnish Catering
  • Variety of Small Savory Bites presented by Garnish Catering

Grab your sweet-toothed friends and buy your one-way ticket to sugary heaven today!

View photos and see the list of 2022 winners below!

Congratulations to the winners of the Fisher Nuts Golden Rolling Pin: 

  • Best Pie (Professional) - Ann Wantz, That's So Sweet
  • Best Cookie/Brownie (Professional) - Kara Stevens, That's So Sweet
  • Best Bread (Professional) - David Willocks, The Baker's Table
  • Best Cake (Professional) - Amanda Roseberry
  • Best Pie (Amateur) - Lauren Wescott
  • Best Cookie/Brownie (Amateur) - Lauren Santoianni
  • Best Bread (Amateur) - Justin Belarski
  • Best Cake (Amateur) - Jodi Strother

Thank you to all of our Bake-Off 2022 professional participants:

  • Lydia Marie James
  • Holly McAllister
  • Ashley Rapp
  • Amanda Roseberry
  • Christine Cora
  • Camaya Holloway
  • Ann Wantz
  • Kara Stevens
  • Tasha Thomas

Thank you to all of our Bake-Off 2022 amateur participants:

  • Kelly Bolden
  • Vickie Marsala Collage
  • Lauren VanNess
  • Julia Dolle
  • Lacey Molner
  • Claire Lefton
  • Jodi Strother
  • Dominique Camille Ellison
  • Erin Sefton
  • Zach Werden
  • Caitlin Burke
  • Lauren Santoianni
  • Katelyn Melgar
  • Rachel Mastin
  • Evin Blomberg
  • Caitlin Peterman
  • Lauren Wescott
  • Tory McKinley
  • Jen DeLotell
  • Justin Belarski

A special thanks to our judges: 

  • Amy Scalia, On-Air Host & Cincinnati Refined Managing Editor
  • Heather Johnson, The Food Hussy
  • Aiesha Little, Senior Editor, Cincinnati Magazine
  • Angela Grillo, Mon-Petit-Choux and Maribelle Cakery
  • Morgan Parrish, Reporter, Fox19
  • Chef Glenda Stanton, Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State

Proceeds of Bake-Off 2023 Will Benefit:

Presented by Our Sustainability Partner

“We embrace our name MadTree and work to celebrate and protect nature, while reducing our impact on the environment. We are proud members of 1% For the Planet, with a commitment to donate 1% of our sales to non-profits focused on environmental sustainability.”

Entrance to the event constitutes permission for Cincinnati Magazine to photograph and film you while on the premises and to use those pictures and videos for any lawful purpose without providing you any compensation.