20/20

CAKEitecture Event Recap

On February 9, five teams of local architects and bakers competed for the title of “Master CAKEitect” to mark the opening of 20/20: Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center. The teams wowed everyone with their edible versions of iconic architecture from Pittsburgh and around the globe. Guest judges Virginia Montanez (aka PittGirl), Charles Rosenblum, and Jason Roth rated each cake on aesthetics, taste, and architectural integrity.

And the awards were…….

Honorary CAKEitect: Springboard Design and Sugar ‘N Spires, Rietveld ReWind: From Concept to Reality, yellow cake with buttercream icing:

Honorary CAKEitect: Architectural Confections (The Design Alliance and Gluuteny), Sydney Opera Cake, white cake and chocolate cake:

3rd Place, Apprentice CAKEitect: The Dirty Dozen (Young Architects Forum and Dozen Bake Shop), A Delicious Day in the Neighborhood!, rosemary bourbon cake with honey buttercream icing:

2nd Place, Journeyman CAKEitect: Perkins Eastman and Madison Ave. Cakes, East End AAA Building, chocolate cake and yellow cake with vanilla buttercream icing:

1st Place, Master CAKEitect: Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects and Prantl’s Bakery, Fallingwater, yellow pound cake, white buttercream icing, and toasted almonds:

Visitors were also invited to cast their vote for their favorite CAKEitecture with Monopoly money and buildings. The winner of the People’s Choice Master CAKEitect award was Young Architects Forum and Dozen Bake Shop:

Congratulations to Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects, Prantl’s Bakery, Young Architects Forum and Dozen Bake Shop, Pittsburgh’s 2013 Master CAKEitects! The winning teams were awarded a trophy and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes museum tour with Heinz Architectural Center curator Tracy Myers.


Members of Team Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects / Prantl’s Bakery show off their 1st place trophy.


Dozen Bake Shop cake decorator Megan Hart stands next to the team’s People’s Choice creation.


Parkhurst Dining Service’s executive pastry chef Alice Leich joined in the celebration with a birthday cake depicting HAC.


Visitors examine a model of the Yokohama International Port Terminal by Foreign Office Architects in 20/20


Adults and children alike created their own festive party hats.


Visitors donned handmade party hats and sampled ice cream with their CAKEitecture.

A monumental thank you to all participants for sharing your confectionary creations with CMOA and the community—we’re in awe of your talent (and incredibly full)! You made CAKEitecture one of the museum’s best attended events, attracting 2,500+ Pittsburghers!


Photo op of The Design Alliance and Gluuteny’s Sydney Opera Cake


Demolishing Rietveld ReWind: From Concept to Reality


Father and daughter pair Paul and Ella Rosenblatt of Springboard Design / Sugar ‘N Spires


We couldn’t wait to get our hands on a slice of the Sydney Opera Cake!


These cakes never stood a chance.

Check out these shout-outs:

The Carnegie’s CAKEitecture: Building cakes, and a fan base

The Food Column: Let them build cake, then eat it, at CAKEitecture

Bakers, architects team up for Carnegie Museum pastry competition