Canton Library Hosts Great Canton Bake-Off

June 13, 2024

Do you have a cookie recipe that everyone raves about? Are you the go-to person in the family for homemade birthday cakes? Whether you are a seasoned baker or a beginner, Canton Public Library wants you to enter The Great Canton Bake-Off.

In the style of The Great British Baking Show, the library will host two competitions. Adults and teens may compete, either individually or in family/friend groups. Participants may enter one or both competitions. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, June 28 at 6:00 PM is the first competition, The Signature Bake. For the Signature Bake, bakers are asked to provide at least 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies with a special twist that makes them uniquely delicious.

Friday, July 26 at 6:00 PM is the second and final competition, The Showstopper. For the Showstopper, bakers are asked to provide a Book-Lover’s Decorated Cake worthy of being the centerpiece at a celebration. The cake can be a layer cake, or a sheet cake, but must be inspired by a favorite book or book character.

Register by calling the library, or filling out the form at Bakers will prepare their baking creations at home and bring them to the library by 6:00 PM on the date of the competition. Bakers will present their bakes to the judges who will score them based on Adherence to Criteria, Presentation, Originality, and Taste.

Anyone interested in being a judge may contact the library at 573-288-5279 or sign up at After judging, all baked goods will be available for sampling by other contestants and spectators

This event is part of the Canton Public Library Summer Reading Program. For more information about the Summer Reading Program and for a complete schedule of events, visit, or call or visit the library.

The library is located at 403 Lewis Street in Canton, MO. It is open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. Call 573-288-5279 or email for more information. Mary Kay Lane is the director.