Friendly competition was met with some sweet rewards Wednesday as 12 young girls between the ages of 10 and 14 showed off their talents as cupcake decorators at the Wilson Public Library.


Friendly competition was met with some sweet rewards Wednesday as 12 young girls between the ages of 10 and 14 showed off their talents as cupcake decorators at the Wilson Public Library.

 

Part of a Youth Cupcake Challenge, the girls were first coached by Rebecca Jones and Aimee Lewis of Sweet Traditions Cakes and Catering on the use of different tips and accessories to create festive, sometimes three-dimensional, cupcakes.

 

Teamed three to a table, the girls were given free reign in designing the tops of two cupcakes each. Jones showed the girls how to use an inverted ice cream cone as a “hat” that could be covered with colored icing. There were also plenty of New Year’s decorations like party horns and confetti to use in the challenge.

 

Some girls jumped right in, swirling coils of colored icing on their cupcake tops, while others, like 14-year-old Mary Albin of Lone Grove, took a while to carefully consider her options before rimming the first in red icing and overlaying it with neon green stripes. She used a cone in the center, covered with green, pink and red icing stars.

 

Her second had a base of green icing dotted with large pink stars and a red horn stuck in the side.

 

Other girls drew faces on their cupcakes. Some used swirls, others, stars, still others, dots and sprinkles.

 

“I wanted to make a Christmas tree (topped) with the gold streamers,” 11-year-old Alexis Davis of Lone Grove said of her first cupcake effort.

 

“I was just going to be creative, doing my own thing,” her friend Emma Mankin, 10, of Lone Grove, said. “Me and her practiced before we came because my mom makes cakes.”

 

Friends Katy Barnes, 11,  and Katie McKay, 12, both went for a holiday theme in mind, taking off on the New Year’s suggestions made by Jones and Lewis.

 

“I wanted it to look like fireworks at a celebration,” Barnes said. “I really just wanted to get everyone happy about New Year’s.”

 

“I was going for a partyish, New Year’s theme to get people in the mood,” McKay said.

 

Barnes was on the winning team that also included Danielle Cormany, 14, and Sarah Brundage, 12. The girls each made their own unique creations, then topped the remaining three cakes with red, blue and green icing and piped 2011 on top in yellow.

 

Judges Pam Bean, Naomi Burris and Barbara Burris all said the entry was cohesive, neat and precise.

 

“We were looking for creativity, neatness, color and theme,” Bean said. “You can tell they all have their favorite colors. I think this is a fine idea, and the girls had fun.”