Cake Competition

Participants in the Chocolate Ball Cake Competition are challenged to create a scrumptious and exquisite cake inspired by the gala’s theme.  Guests spend the first part of the evening sampling each cake and voting for their favorite!

The Chocolate Cake Competition is open to professional and beginner chefs.  If you are thinking about participating, please read the Rules document carefully and contact Jill Johnson with any questions at (310) 995-6810 or

2023 Theme

La Dolce Vita!

What could be better than life in Italy.  Read about the inspiration behind this year’s theme.

Not sure what to expect? 

Browse our gallery for a sample of outstanding cakes from previous years.


We take our cake seriously!  Please read this document carefully. Beginner chefs, information about how to make use of The Commissary is here!

Ask an Expert!

Never been to the Chocolate Ball? No problem – we are here for you! Contact an expert with culinary questions and insight on what to expect.
Chef Kelly Scott, Get Caked,
Michelle Hess, Oak Hill Country Club,
Please contact Jill Johnson with any other event questions at (310) 995-6810 or

Ready to show off your skills?

Meet the Chefs

The list of participating chefs continues to grow.  Learn more about this year’s competitors.

Meet the Judges

Our thanks to the 2023 judging panel consisting of:

Paul Guglielmo

Paul Guglielmo
Craft Cannery

Michelle Hess
Oak Hill Country Club

Kelly Scott
Get Caked!

Dino Kay
Fickle 93.3