Great Architectural Bake-off, Michael Laiskonis, Benjamin Prosky, AIANY, Stacy Shoemaker, Hospitality Design, David Graver, Cool Hunting, cakes that look like buildings, the glass house, edible buildings, edible architecture, foodscape architecture, architectural bakeoff, creative cakes, glass house cake, sydney opera house cake, ikea cake, lincoln center cake, zaha hadid cake

Hospitality design firm WATG brought their popular Architectural Bake-off Competition to the Big Apple for the very first time this year, just in time for they city’s Archtober celebration of architecture and design. The contest challenged seven teams (WATG and Wimberly Interiors, Jeffrey Beers International, Bespoke Careers, Studios Architecture, MADE NYC, Grade New York, and Woods Bagot) to interpret their seven iconic buildings using cake, frosting, sugar and other edible materials. The mouthwatering entries were evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges (Michael Laiskonis, Creative Director of Institute of Culinary Education; Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director of AIANY; Stacy Shoemaker, Editor-in-Chief of Hospitality Design; and David Graver, Senior Editor of Cool Hunting) based on flavor, creativity and realism.

Great Architectural Bake-off, Michael Laiskonis, Benjamin Prosky, AIANY, Stacy Shoemaker, Hospitality Design, David Graver, Cool Hunting, cakes that look like buildings, the glass house, edible buildings, edible architecture, foodscape architecture, architectural bakeoff, creative cakes, glass house cake, sydney opera house cake, ikea cake, lincoln center cake, zaha hadid cake

Top honors went to Studios Architecture‘s cake-filled iteration of the late Zaha Hadid‘s curvaceous Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaikan.

Great Architectural Bake-off, Michael Laiskonis, Benjamin Prosky, AIANY, Stacy Shoemaker, Hospitality Design, David Graver, Cool Hunting, cakes that look like buildings, the glass house, edible buildings, edible architecture, foodscape architecture, architectural bakeoff, creative cakes, glass house cake, sydney opera house cake, ikea cake, lincoln center cake, zaha hadid cake

The monochromatic model even featured a miniature version of Zaha herself.

Great Architectural Bake-off, Michael Laiskonis, Benjamin Prosky, AIANY, Stacy Shoemaker, Hospitality Design, David Graver, Cool Hunting, cakes that look like buildings, the glass house, edible buildings, edible architecture, foodscape architecture, architectural bakeoff, creative cakes, glass house cake, sydney opera house cake, ikea cake, lincoln center cake, zaha hadid cake

Grade New York‘s dreamy spun sugar version of Philip Johnson’s Glass House took home an honorable mention.

Congratz to the winners and don’t forget to flip through our gallery to see all of the delicious entries.

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