MLA students test skills in first Cupcake Wars

MORGANTOWN — Students at Morgantown Learning Academy put their baking skills to the test Monday, as the school hosted its first Cupcake Wars challenge, to help raise money for Pantry Plus More.

Kids from all grade levels tried their hands at making the tastiest treats, pulling out all the stops to impress a panel of judges that included Pantry Plus More co-founder and WVU student Roark Sizemore, The Cupcakerie co-owner Anna Carrier and The Dominion Post lifestyles and food writer Katie McDowell. In all, the judges tasted 17 cupcakes, scoring the snacks anywhere from 1-3 points in each of five criteria: Presentation, moistness, taste, texture and creativity.

In the end, Caroline Holben took top honors for her salted caramel-chocolate cupcake with molasses frosting.

Second place went to Jayden and Eli DeHart for their Dragon Blood cupcakes — which featured red cake with a jam center and glittery pink and red frosting.

Ava Rose Moenich rounded out the winners in third place with her gluten-free, dairy-free blueberry vanilla offering.

Bakers paid an entry fee to take part on the contest, and all varieties of the cupcakes were available to buy during lunch hour. The money raised will be donated to Pantry Plus More.

Pantry Plus More provides food, personal hygiene items and clothing to needy youngsters.

Cupcakes not sold on Monday will be available for purchase during today’s lunch as well.

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