Written by Sydney Fratamico and Taylor Wyatt |
Photos were taken by Sydney Fratamico, Taylor Wyatt and Joanne Nunan |
Every year for the past 7 years, consumer science teacher Joanne Nunan hosts an event named Cupcake Wars. She saw the television show, Cupcake Wars, on Food Network. She thought the Morgan students would thoroughly enjoy a similar competition here. It is a fun way to incorporate more cooking into The Morgan School.
The event was held this year on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Students prepared their cupcakes and displays a few days before the event during school and at home. The preparation for this event took a lot of planning and problem-solving. Some students had to make their cupcakes at least three times before the competition. They sometimes even changed their recipe to be sure that their cupcake would taste delicious. Some of the competitors had trouble
coming up with a unique display idea that would highlight and enhance their cupcake. Time also proved to cause issues as many students ran out of time on the day of the contest, and if the cupcakes were not on the judging tables, the bakers could not compete.
The bakers competed in the following areas: most creative, best display, best tasting, and best overall.
Some of the judges of the competition included Principal Keri Hagness, Assistant Principal Tyler Webb, Special Education teacher Beth Nadeau, Band teacher Smith, Guidance Counselor Christie Williams- Khan, and Biology teacher Emily Lisy.
The winners of Cupcake Wars were announced on the loudspeaker the same Thursday. Senior Jhan Bermeo and Sophomore Gabriel Luiz won most creative with their cupcake, “Pina Colada”. The “Pina Colada” cupcake was made from a coconut batter and resembled a pineapple. The “Pumpkin Spice Latte” cupcake won the best display and was created by Freshman Brett and Junior Destiny Gauding. They created pumpkin flavored cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with caramel sauce. Sophomore Aly Goguen created a “Strawberry Milkshake” themed cupcake, which won best tasting. She created malted strawberry cupcakes with a malted strawberry frosting, topped with a whopper.
Sophomore Cassidy Shepard and Senior Ashlyn Harris won the best overall cupcake award. They created “Breakfast Delight”, with maple-pancake cupcakes, maple syrup frosting, topped with strawberries, mini pancakes, and candied bacon. Cassidy said, “I am so proud of the results. I thought everyone had created amazing cupcakes, and I am so happy to compete on a regional level.” Ashlyn said, “My partner and I worked really hard, and we are very pleased with the outcomes. We are going to amp it up for regionals.”
Cassidy and Ashlyn will compete at the regional level against four area high school cupcake war champs at The Morgan School on May 4, 2018.