Providing fudge brownies for 40 bakers entering a local Junior Cupcake Challenge was the easy part of Fairytale Brownies participating in last weekend's event, After all, it's my job to spread joy through gourmet brownies!
Then I was asked to be one of the judges for the 8- to 12-year-olds, and I thought, "How fun!"
It WAS fun.
The girls were separated into eight teams. Each team chose a cupcake flavor and created their own topping design to present to the judges.
They were baking a dozen cupcakes, but the bakers only had to present four perfectly finished creations to the judges.
Although they were given the recipes for both chocolate and vanilla batter, the teams were free to change their cupcake flavor using any of the "secret ingredients" from the table set up nearby.
Teams were given points for creativity, originality, teamwork, taste, plating and appearance.
As I observed each team, I noticed how well they all worked together. Even when they ran into problems - the batter wasn't...Read More »