Bakers from around the region brought their pots and pans to Gadsden on Sunday to take part in a cake decorating competition. Cothran’s Bakery hosted the one-day event that drew more than 80 professionals to Convention Hall. Speakers addressed such hot topics as "New Trends in Donuts," "Loaf Cakes for All Seasons," and "Upscale Dessert Cakes." Chris Cothran is a past president of Southeastern Retail Bakers Association, and he says membership in the group is essential for people in his profession. Cothran, who has worked at his bakery for 33 years, says membership in the association was one of the key elements to the growth of his own business.