• Come see what Knoxville is cooking up and support the community with your love of baking. You can compete by entering as a child, adult, or professional. Or, if you don't feel like competing, then come treat yourself to some cupcake tasting! Tickets are $5 and cover the costs of five cupcake tastings.

    All proceeds will support mental health, addiction and social services provided in our community by the Helen Ross McNabb Center. What do you have to lose with great food, great fun, and a great cause?


    Erin Donovan of Visit Knoxville
    Garrett Scanlan, owner of Garrett’s Downtown Deli
    and star of the PBS show “A Fork in the Road”

    Heather Grubb, formerly of TLC's “Next Great Baker”
    Kim Hansard from Star 102.1
    Ice Bears Coach Mike Craigen
    Chef Walter Lambert from WVLT Channel 8


    Frank Murphy from 93.1
    Whitney Kent from WVLT Channel 8


    If you are interested in being a competitor,
    here's some FAQ's that are helpful.

    THIS YEAR'S CONTENDERS: Against the Grain Bakery LLC, Amelia ‘n Cakes , Art of Cakes, Coolato Gelato, Crowder Creations, The Cup, Gigi's Cupcakes, Daisy Cake Company, Everything Iced Cupcakes and More, Fit Sweets, Food City Bakery, Franklin House Cakery, The Fresh Market, It’s All So Yummy Cafe, Jennabee's Cupcakes, Kroger Bakery, KupKaties Kupkakes, Lil’ Miss Flossy, Magpies, Mer-Mer's Bakery, Pellissippi Culinary School, Publix Super Market at Northshore Town Center, Scrumps Cupcakes, Sugar N’ Things, Sweetfully Yours, and Tiny Treats Cupcakes and More












    Bruce and Poli Gress



    Be an official sponsor sponsorship form



    Compete to win prizes competition form


    What is the Helen Ross McNabb Center?

    The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families facing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center begins its 65th year of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865-637-9711.




    201 W. Springdale Ave | Knoxville, TN 37917
    mcnabbcenter.org | 865.637.9711


    Improving the lives of the people we serve.


    About Cupcakes in the Park

    Child & Family Tennessee organized the first Cupcakes in the Park event in 2012. The nonprofit organization merged with the Helen Ross McNabb Center on Aug. 1, 2013.

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