On April 9th hundreds turned out for the first annual “Cup-Cake Wars” competition at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing. The HBA Restoring Hope Foundation hosted the event as a fundraiser for their annual projects. The organization helps working and retired people with repairs and renovations of their homes to live safely and comfortably with their families.

The competition was broken down into professional vs. amateur bakers. Each baker was asked to bring three hundred of their best cupcakes. Attendees were encouraged to sample treats from each contestant and vote for there favorites. Winners were selected for the following categories: Best Pro Cupcake, Best Pro Cake, Best Amateur Cupcake, Best Amateur Cake. Each winner for the category received a plaque along with bragging rights.

The winners for each category included Pro Cupcake Gourmand, Pro Cake Tropical Bakery, Amateur Cupcake Katelyn Fresena, Amateur Cake Willow Slusser. We caught up with the winners in the amateur categories to get their take on inaugural competition.

Winner of the armature cupcake division, Katelyn Fresena baked a vanilla cupcake with strawberry puree filling. The cupcake was topped with strawberry whipped frosting. When asked about her experience Katelyn said “I would enjoy coming back next year. It was a pretty good experience”.

Willow Slusser was named winner of the amateur cake division. Using inspiration from her career as a bee keeper Willow wowed the judges with her Earl Grey Tea and lavender cake. Willow topped her cake with honey butter cream frosting. “Restoring Hope is an amazing foundation. They do wonderful things for this community. I am proud to be representing them and helping them out.” Slussler said.

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