Teens face off in first Cupcake Wars challenge

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Teen librarian Alyssa Taft was excited and ready as 28 teens prepared to participate in the Cranston Public Library’s first Cupcake Wars event, held June 24 at the Central Library.

“You get to be creative, you get to let your imagination run wild, and you get to eat some candy – not a bad day,” she said.

Taft had set up tables around the program room with undecorated cupcakes and decorating tools. In the middle of the room, she set up two tables that held four different colored frosting containers, rainbow and neon sprinkles, gummy sharks, Twizzlers, Skittles and Lucky Charms cereal.

“I want you to make the most fantastic, most beautiful, most colorful cupcakes ever,” she told the teens, who were assigned the themes “Summer,” “Space” or a combination of both.

Participants were given 40 minutes to create their cupcakes, and at the end of the time, each student walked around the six tables and voted for their favorite.

After the participants voted for their top eight favorites, it was time to bring in the judges – assistant library director Julie Holden, technology coordinator Corrie Alves and communications manager Sarah Bouvier.

The contestants were judged on originality, use of color and how well the theme was represented.

The winner was Adrianna Prete for her creation entitled “Gummy System Community.” She was allowed to pick two books from the prize cart.

For more information about library programs, visit cranstonlibrary.org.

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