The Great Cake Bake is set for February 22

Calling all cake artists. East Tennessee's fanciest cake competition is just around the corner. Knox County Public Library is showcasing the creativity and imagination of area bakers with the help of a little flour, butter, and sugar. The 5th Annual Great Cake Bake to benefit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County is set for 12 - 5 p.m. on February 22 in the Tennessee Terrace at UT's Neyland Stadium. All bakers and cake makers are invited to participate.

NEW THIS YEAR: A DIAPER CAKE DIVISION. Handcrafted cakes made of diapers have become a popular center piece for babyshowers everywhere. This year's Great Cake Bake offers a Diaper Cake division for creative artists who want to contribute to the cause but aren't so handy with fondant or buttercream. Individuals or groups and organizations may enter a themed diaper cake to be judged and auctioned off to benefit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County. The Great Cake Bake is designed to highlight the regions’ best cake decorating skills in a public exhibit. It's a sweet way to support Imagination Library program—making sure Knox County children will continue to get free books in the mail, every month, until age 5.

“For 10 years now, we've been supporting young families in preparing their children for school of for life," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. “By sending books in the mail every month, we are helping families put a priority on learning to read. Programs like the Imagination Library foster children’s natural curiosity and encourage our young people to read, and the Great Cake Bake is a good way to support those efforts.”

Participants can enter in one of four divisions: Junior (under 18), Beginner, Intermediate, or Professional; and can bake in one of three categories: All Occasion Cakes, Wedding Cakes, and a single brilliantly decorated cupcake or cake pop. The decorated cakes will be separated into different groups: buttercream frosting only and fondant/gum paste/mixed sugar art. New this year is the Diaper Cake division. There’s a place for every cake!

To enter online go to and fill out an easy registration form. Each entry costs $15, which is the cost of sponsoring one child in Imagination Library for a year. The deadline for registration is February 16. Paper forms can also be downloaded from the Knox County Public Library’s website or picked up at Sugarbakers Cake, Candy & Wedding Supplies. Winners in each category and division will receive a trophy and bragging rights for an entire year! The public will vote on their favorite cake to find a People's Choice Winner. For more information about the Great Cake Bake, please contact Holly Kizer at (865) 215-8784 at

About Knox County’s Imagination Library:

A program of the Knox County Public Library, Imagination Library mails one free, age-appropriate book each month to all registered Knox County children from birth to age 5. Currently, over 1,400,000 books have been sent to over 40,000 children since the program began in 2005. 68% of children under age 5 in Knox County are signed up for Imagination Library, helping prepare our youngest citizens for success in school. The Great Cake Bake is made possible through the generous support of Food City, Sugarbaker's, Friends of the Library, WVLT, Knoxville News Sentinel, Star 102.1, Q100.3 and Sisters of the Skillet.