Cupcake Wars 2019
And the winner is . . .
Cupcake Wars celebrate deliciousness and creativity
Guests came into the room and quietly took a seat. They spoke in whispers.
In the front of the room was a table on which sat five plates of different types of cupcakes.
“I’m so nervous,” whispered one apron-clad student sitting in the front row. She grabbed the hands of the student next to her for support.
It was not long before several staff members entered the room and took a seat at the table with the sweet confections.
They joked with one another, and with those in the crowd, helping everyone to relax. These lucky few were about to enjoy a repast of cupcakes. Their mission: select a winner.
This was the third annual Cupcake Wars and students in Lisa Rudner’s Baking Food and Retail class had spent the past two weeks trying recipes, creating unique frosting flavors and otherwise hoping to create a winner.
“These look amazing,” school monitor Jen Keating said as she took her seat at the judge’s table.
“They’re beautiful,” added fellow judge and school counselor Lori Aufiero.
Joining these two in the judging process were Assistant Principal Evangelo Michas, Security Guard Reggie Pierce and Principal James Matera.
The selections during this annual event included the following submissions of cupcakes: S’mores, Banana Split, Apple Pie, Raspberry Swirl and Chocolate Covered Strawberry.
Judges were asked to evaluate each one based on appearance, texture, flavor, moisture and creativity. The cupcake with the most points after the tasting would be declared the winner.
Each judge had their own technique, some using a knife and fork to take careful bites, others digging in with their fingers.
“This is hard,” Ms. Aufiero said between mouthfuls.
The principal noted it was odd to be eating with so many people watching.
There was a call for music, and soon Stevie Wonder was sending out cool vibes further helping students who had submitted cupcakes to relax.
“You guys did a great job,” Mr. Pierce said.
After each judge had an opportunity to take a taste, or three, from each cupcake, they returned their judging sheets to Ms. Rudner for her assessment.
The room once again got quiet.
“This is the first time ever we have a tie,” Ms. Rudner announced.
The judges were asked to gather and discuss how to go about determining a winner.
In the end it was baking partners Shakira Autoy and Dylan Pryor who were victorious with their Raspberry Swirl cupcake. They claimed their gift-card award earning applause from the crowd.
Shakira was all smiles as guests offered their congratulations and sampled extra cupcakes that had been brought to celebrate.
“I was nervous,” Shakira admitted, adding she was also surprised to have won.
“It was a fun project,” her partner Dylan said.