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Library’s cupcake war event spurs tasty competition (VIDEO)

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A battle of frosting, candy and marshmallows stretched the creativity of more than a dozen challengers Saturday during a Cupcake Wars event.

Similar to the reality TV show competition of the same name, entrants were tasked with creating the best looking cupcake in two categories: one for fall and the other for winter.

Prior to the start of building, Kelli J. Denicola, Watertown, sketched out a couple of possibilities for her entries, ending up with a pumpkin and a sunflower for the fall category.

“They’re OK,” she said. “I haven’t committed to either one.”

With contestants told to get their materials, she had no time to overthink her decision.

About 15 people took part in Saturday morning’s contest at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.

Ms. Denicola, whose design experience did not include anything with cupcakes, learned of the competition through a friend who also came out Saturday.

“I found out it was a war, and I thought ‘Oh, I’m competitive, let’s do it,’” she said. In addition to her multicolored sunflower and poinsettia entries, she colored in the paper plates prior to presenting her entries to the contest’s judges.

Suzie C. Renzi-Falge, reference librarian and organizer of adult programs, said a similar event was held earlier this year for teen library patrons. Following that event, the library received feedback from adults interested in participating.

“We thought ‘What a fun thing to do to get people here,’” Ms. Renzi-Falge said. She added that the contest also allowed the library to show off its food and design books.

Among the most unique entries in the contest was the turkey cupcake from Jayne K. Weaver, with a gumdrop beak and a body held together with toothpicks.

“Thanksgiving is Thursday,” she said. “I thought of a turkey.”

Though she had made cupcakes years ago for her three sons, she said the contest allowed for creativity the past cupcakes did not. The art history student at Jefferson Community College said the cupcake base was unlike the canvasses she usually drew on.

“I work in charcoal,” Ms. Weaver said. “It’s a little different.”

Some of the entries were more abstract. Reginald G. Oliver said he could not describe his entries, a mishmash of multicolored candy corn pieces, marshmallows and peanut butter cups.

“It’s complete as far as I’m concerned,” he joked.

His wife, Filomena P., had a better showing, as she was picked by the judges as the winner in the winter theme category. A pair of entrants competing as the Ski Team took the fall theme title. Ms. Denicola’s cupcakes and plates took the overall prize.

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