Candy-themed cupcakes benefit the hungry

April 8, 2014 by  

To raise money for the community food pantry, teachers and students of Rockville High School in Vernon made 1,400 cupcakes last week.

Six pairs of teachers and students participated in baking competition held on April 3. The event was modeled after ‘Cupcake Wars’ on Food Network, and carried the theme of ‘Candy Bar’.

Among the participants was 16-year-old Alicia Dillman, who made pancake cupcakes with maple syrup frosting, commenting that “it takes just like breakfast”. Also, 15-year-old Renee Rogan and chorus teacher Rachel Shuttleworth decorated Lifesavers candy cupcakes. They had made a lime-curd-filled lemon cake with meringue frosting.

March 19 marked the beginning of the bake-off with a qualifying round, in which 15 teams baked for the Spring Concert involving the school’s chorus and band. Sesame Street-themed cupcakes were sold during the competition by a student in the qualifying round.

The judges were professionals in the International Cake Exploration Societé, such as the Connecticut representative. Some had experience with ‘Chopped’, another Food Network show, like School Food Services director Chris Avtges. Last year, the event raised almost $2500 for the food pantry.

Volunteering printing services in exchange for advertisement to school events is one way to gain more exposure in the local community. Competitions usually need banners, fliers, and possibly certificates to give to the winners. Knowing a business supports a charity gives customers a reason to use their services.