Let Them Eat Cake 2017





Let Them Eat Cake: Masterpiece
The Midwife Center's 12th annual fundraiser party and cake contest
Pittsburgh Opera
Saturday, November 4, 2017
VIP Baker's Reception 6:30-7:30pm. Tickets on sale now!
Main Event 7:30-10:00pm. Tickets will go on sale soon. Sign up for our email list and be the first to know about discounted pre-sale tickets.

About Let Them Eat Cake

This year, with the opening of our expanded center, The Midwife Center has become the largest birth center in the country. In the spirit of realizing a big, beautiful vision, the theme of Let Them Eat Cake 2017 is Masterpiece!

Get ready for amazing cakes inspired by classic, modern and original masterpieces in art, plus an open wine and beer bar, entertainment, delicious hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and more!

Bakers & decorators

Professional and amateur bakers are invited to apply to enter their cake(s) in the Decorated and/or Tasting categories. Entrants are asked to decorate/bake, describe, and name their cakes in ways that are inspired by the theme:

  • A “masterpiece” is defined as a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.
  • Masterpieces can be works of visual art like painting, sculpture, design, drawing,
    crafts, photography, and architecture, or other forms of art like, but not limited to,
    performance, literature, and music.
  • Your cake can be inspired by masterpieces that are well known, lesser known, or completely original (realize your own artistic vision).

Deadlines and fees*:

  • Apply before 9/1 - early application fee is $20 amateur / $35 professional
  • Apply before 9/13 - application fee is $35 amateur / $50 professional

*If your cake is not accepted because of lack of space we will refund your fee.


How to apply:

1. Read the Rules and Guidelines for Entrants (link to PDF).
2. Fill out the online application form.
3. Pay the application fee here. (scroll down a bit for the "Bakers & decorators" section). Entrants come to the event, including the VIP party, at no cost. If your cake is accepted, you will have the opportunity to purchase a VIP ticket for a guest at a reduced price.


If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Dingfelder, Development Coordinator: 412.321.6880 ext. 208 or r.dingfelder@midwifecenter.org

Sponsor the event & support reproductive care for all

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for individuals and corporate sponsorships for your business or organization.

Donate a silent auction item

Businesses and organizations can support The Midwife Center by donating an item to our fabulous silent auction. If you are interested in donating an item or would like more information, please fill out our contact form.

Check out cakes from last year's event

Last year, more than 25 amateur and professionals bakers rocked the ‘Burgh with their amazing cakes based on our rock ‘n’ roll theme, "I Wanna Rock!," helping us raise over $40,000 for safe, satisfying reproductive care. Check out our blog post about last year's event, including photos of jaw-dropping cakes.

Questions? Contact Rachel Dingfelder, Development Coordinator at r.dingfelder@midwifecenter.org

Photos by Andy Johanson Photography. Cakes in header image: 2016 Best Overall Professional Decorated Cake (1st Place) AND People’s Choice for Best Decorated Cake – Breanne Gustafson of Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique with “All You Need is Love” and People’s Choice for Best Taste Cake: “Girls Just Want to Have Cake” by Alix Levy 

Corporate Sponsors

Pièce de Résistance
UPMC Health Plan
UPMC Mercy

Birthday Cake
DiAnoia's Eatery

Party Cake
TABLE Magazine

Cupcake
2206 Design
Andy Johanson Photography
Councilman Dan Gilman
PITT OHIO
Sloan Janitorial Maintenance Services

Tea Cake
Eat N Park
Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar
Riverside Design Group
Pittsburgh Winery

Individual Sponsors

Class Scholarships
Verna Corey

Have your cake and eat it too!
Jane Barnes & Charity Imbrie
Pat Downey & Janice Anderson
Kathleen McGuire Gaines
Christine & Thomas Kobus
Victoria Kulli
Cathy Raphael
Nancy Reese
Cecile M. Springer
Betsy Teti

Cake Pop Sponsors

All Occasions Party Rental
Alpha ConnecTel
Doug Stradley - Northwest Mutual 
Fahringer, McCarty, Grey, Inc.
Professional Liability Agency
Risk Transfer Advisors
Shining Light
Women's Independent Press