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Our awesome state of Michigan turns 179 on January 26th, 2016, and The Awesome Mitten wants to celebrate! We believe that the most important part of any celebration is the dessert. So, to celebrate the 179th year of our great state, we invite you to create a birthday dessert and enter it into Michigan’s Birthday Bake-Off for the chance to win some cool prizes!

We’ve separated into this into two divisions: professional and general public.

Look for some inspiration? Check out some of the entries from 20132014 and 2015.

If you’re interested in entering the general public contest, see below!

General Public Entry Rules

       This competition is open to non-professionals who primarily decorate cakes as a hobby. Those who sell their cakes and/or teach cake decorating will not be permitted to enter.

●    The theme of the contest is “Michigan.” You will be responsible for interpreting this theme in your dessert.

       Entries must be in the cake, pie, cookie, or brownie category. Entries should not be store bought.

       No offensive cakes or adult themed cakes.


       Prizes will be given away for the following categories:

       Judges’ choice

       Most creative

       Most Michigan charm

How to Enter

       Show us the picture! Post it to our Facebook wall, tweet it to us, or post it to Instagram using #179YearsofAwesome between January 20th and January 27th.

       Contest ends Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

       Winners will be announced on January 28th at 12:00pm EST on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.