Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Edgewood Wins: How Sweet It Is! Bakery Takes 6 First-Place Trophies at Atlanta Competition

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Edgewood Wins: How Sweet It Is! Bakery Takes 6 First-Place Trophies at Atlanta Competition

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The descriptions are enough to put the salivary glands into overdrive.

The confectionery artists at Edgewood Bakery spent almost 70 hours planning, mixing, baking and decorating such delectables as triple chocolate raspberry torte with chocolate leaves, pina colada coconut Yule log cake, glazed cappuccino pecans, butterfly truffles and a three-tier Nativity cake.

Then they ever so carefully loaded two vans with their bounty and took it to the recent Southeastern Retail Bakers Association competition in Atlanta. The result was their biggest win in nine years of competing. The Murray Hill institution at 1022 Edgewood Ave. S. swept the show, earning six first-place trophies in seven of nine categories entered.

They even took "best of show" for their interpretation of an old-fashioned gingerbread village, complete with church, bed and breakfast, gazebo, stable, schoolhouse, cottage and of course, a bakery. The Christmas tableau featured gingerbread children, trees with butter sugar cookie ornaments, angels, snowflakes and reindeer. There were old-fashioned candies and two yule log cakes, one with chocolate creme de menthe and one with pina colada coconut.

Competition was particularly stiff this year with 80 to 90 entries in the various categories, said Sandy Polletta, who owns the bakery with husband Gary.

"The gauntlet was definitely thrown down," she said.

The judging is done by bakers who are association members, and the entries are not identified by name. Sandy Polletta, a certified master decorator, said it's not easy to keep topping yourself.

"That's really when we all get together and say, here are the categories and let's brainstorm to come up with something that's going to really excite us and wow everybody else," she said.

In the layer cake category, that was a white chocolate frangelica torte, a triple chocolate raspberry torte and an orange cream and chocolate ganache Grand Marnier torte. In the pastry category, it was Danish, chou and puff pastry.

Its whimsical summer picnic display took top honors in the cookies and petit four category. Its offerings included fondant food, butterfly truffles and caramel turtles arranged among hurricane glass drinks, flowers, seagulls, sharks and frogs. …

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