Enjoy a photo gallery from the 2nd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest, held in the Commons on October 14, 2017.
Bernie Milton Pavilion, October 14, 2017
Let the Contest Begin: Angela registers Tamarynde Cacciotti’s entry, cream puff cupcakes with Earl Grey pastry filling that went on to win the Grand Prize.
Happy Halloween: Ali Strongwater’s 2nd Prize-winning pumpkin and ginger cupcakes haunted by sugar ghosts.
Raspberries and Butterflies: Alexander Quilty’s 3rd prize-winning chocolate raspberry-filled cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting.
Emerging Brightness: Monica Cotto’s vegan blood orange dark chocolate cupcakes topped with edible crystal geodes (Honorable Mention).
Forest of Cupcakes: Beth Goelzer Lyons’s chocolate chip cookie dough-filled vegan chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate trees.
Fall Foilage: Melanie Hardy’s Campfire S’more Cupcakes with marshmallow fluff frosting topped with a Hershey bar (Honorable Mention).
Winter Wonderland: Robin Schmitt’s vanilla cupcake topped by an edible peanut butter and nutella pine cone (Honorable Mention).
“Healthiest Cupcake” Award: Lianna White’s gluten-free carrot raisin walnut cupcake.
Land of Unicorns: Natalie McCaskill-Meyers’s unicorn cupcakes won an Honorable Mention Award and “Best Youth Cupcake” Award.
The Hard Part: The judging begins!
Tastes and Scents: The judging continues!
Cupcake Joy: Debbie Lazinsky of GreenStar Natural Foods Market samples the cupcake submissions.
Coloring Contest: Volunteers from Alternatives Federal Credit Union run the Coloring Contest for Under-8’s.
Jacob Parker Carver of the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County sets up an interactive mental health quiz for attendees.
Amy LeViere of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County welcomes the contestants.
Lee-Ellen Marvin, executive director of the Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service, thanks The Sophie Fund for being a catalyst for change in suicide prevention in Tompkins County.
Meet the VIP Judges: Yuko Jingu (friend and co-worker of Sophie)
Meet the VIP Judges: Daleila Norman of GreenStar Natural Foods Market
Meet the VIP Judges: Amelia Sauter of Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery
“Richest Cupcake” Award: Mary Sever Schoonmaker receives a GreenStar gift certificate for her chocolate zucchini cupcakes with meringue frosting garnished with cashew toffee bark.
She’s No. 1: Tamarynde Cacciotti with her Grand Prize award for her cream puff cupcakes with Earl Grey pastry filling and mocha buttercream frosting.
The Maestro: Event Producer Mickie Quinn