Armadillo Cake Contest kicked off Blush and Bashful Weekend

Mayo Vascocu, left, and her niece, Brenda Riggs, created the cake for the movie in 1989.

By Hannah Richardson

Several delicious cakes were viewed, tasted and judged Thursday, Nov. 7 during the Armadillo Cake Contest, sponsored by the NSU Hospitality, Management and Tourism Department. The contest kicked off the events for Blush and Bashful Weekend, with several more “Steel Magnolias” events on the way!

The armadillo cake was such an icon in the 1989 film, created by Mayo Gallien Vascocu and her niece Brenda Riggs, who also served as judges in the contest! The other judges were Valerie Salter, a HMT instructor, and Riley Bell, a HMT senior.

Taking home first place was Kristy Ebarb, second was DeAnne Lachney and Emily Birdlong of Harlow’s Doughnut and Bakery in Pineville and coming in third was Whitney Gibson. They received gifts from Cane River Kitchenware and Kaffie Fredericks. Others that submitted cakes were Dorothy Pratt and Danielle Settles.

The judges made their decisions by sampling separate cakes made by the entrants and not by the appearance of the cakes. The real armadillo cakes were featured at the red carpet premiere of “Steel Magnolias” at Parkway Cinema Friday, Nov. 8.

Photos by Hannah Richardson