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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2023

After two years of running her competition online due to COVID, Julia returns with her judging team to That Takes the Cake (TTTC) Show in Round Rock, Texas in March 2023. She can’t wait to see your entries in person!

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Cookie Connection Challenge #53

Wow! This third challenge in Julia’s new Watch-Learn-Create Challenge series is a real gem! Hosted by Manu Pezzopane on Julia’s community-based site Cookie Connection, this challenge kicks off like every other with a free instructional video by a noted cookie artist that’s

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Cookie Connection Challenge #52

Julia couldn’t have been more excited to announce the second featured instructor in her Watch-Learn-Create Challenge series! Hosted by Manu Pezzopane on Julia’s community-based site Cookie Connection, these challenges kick off every two months with an instructional video by a noted cookie

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Cookie Connection Challenge #51

Earlier in 2022, Cookie Connection‘s popular Practice Bakes Perfect challenges got a makeover, and Challenge #51, which opened on July 20, was the first challenge bearing this brand new look. Woo hoo! Hosted by longtime Cookie Connection contributor Manu Pezzopane,

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American Cake Awards 2023

After a successful sold-out launch event in 2022, the American Cake Awards is back! You won’t want to miss this night of celebration with North America’s sweetest cookie and cake artists! Join Julia and many other sugar heroes for this

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American Cake Awards 2020 in 2022

Join North America’s sweetest sugar artists for a night of celebration at the brand new American Cake Awards. The culmination of a rigorous online competition, these awards recognize North American talent in the sugar arts across a spectrum of categories and

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Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #50

With the help of three different challenge hosts over the years, Cookie Connection is now celebrating its 50th Practice Bakes Perfect challenge! Woo hoo! Challenge #50 is commemorating that milestone by giving entrants the opportunity to revisit any of the past

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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2022

After a false start at its usual in-person home at That Takes the Cake (TTTC) Show, Julia’s annual cookie competition went virtual in 2022. (When TTTC canceled due to COVID for the second year in a row, Julia insisted that

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Julia M. Usher

Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2022

Important Update: Unfortunately, That Takes the Cake Show canceled on January 16 due to COVID, and so this in-person format of the competition was also canceled. But there’s good news: Julia will be re-launching her 2022 competition in a virtual

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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2021

Due to COVID, Julia’s annual cookie competition went fully virtual in 2021. The call for entries closed on October 15 with a record-high number of entries from all over the world. After much deliberation and some extremely difficult decision-making, Julia’s

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Originally recorded as a Facebook Live for the prestigious Cake International, this tutorial includes over two hours of instruction (complete with live student Q&A) and an extensive 20-page class handout with recipes, inspiration images, sources, and technique tips. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day, and live sweetly! – Julia