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Competition is Battered in Cupcake War, But Three Rise to the Top!


Erin Hoele’s summer sangria cupcake with passion fruit mousse bested the competition
as 17 Suffolk County Community College baking program students clashed in a battle for judges’ taste buds in the college’s Culinary Arts Program first-of-its-kind Cupcake Wars competition last Friday.

Each student competitor had three hours to create a dozen cupcakes consisting of a cake, filling, icing and decoration. The student combatants were judged on sanitation, organization, taste, texture, consistency, appearance and creativity by a panel of five professionals.

Who battered the competition? The winners are:

1st Place - $300, baker’s tools gift bag, gift certificate for a uniform and a baking book
Erin Hoelle (Ridge, NY)
Summer Sangria Cupcake
With Passion Fruit Mousse

2nd Place - $200, baker’s tools gift bag, gift certificate for a uniform and a baking book
Lynn Paterson (West Babylon, NY)
Citrus Cupcake with Yuzo Curd and Tequilla Lime filling

3rd Place - $100, baker’s tools gift bag, gift certificate for a uniform and a baking book
Katelyn Stahl (Islip, NY)
Chocolate Chili Cupcake
With Chili Fudge and Orange Pastry Cream

Judging the competition were:

  • Brian Fishman- owner of Sweet Karma Bakery located in Plainview, NY. The contest winner will intern at Brian’s shop working directly under his guidance.
  • David Dombroff - owner of The Rolling Pin Bakeries in Setauket and Bay Shore, NY
  • Richard Freilich - Director of The Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts Program
  • Christina DeLustro - Coordinator of The Baker’s Workshop at Suffolk County Community College
  • Richard Amster- Fulltime Chef Instructor of the Suffolk County Community College Baking Program