Fourteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students competed in the CalJava Wedding Cake Competition, held March 4-5 at the college.
The contest was created for Penn College students by Daniel Budiman, owner of CalJava International, a California-based cake and decorating supply company, after he twice visited the campus. He observed the students’ talent and creativity and conceived the contest to encourage them to push their skills to a higher level.
In the competition, now in its fifth year, students in an advanced cake decorating class taught by Suzann L. Major, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, were challenged to design three-tiered cakes inspired by wedding gift bags.
The grand prize was awarded to Allison K. Myers, of State College, who is pursuing an associate degree in baking and pastry arts. Myers will receive an all-expense paid trip to California to attend a hands-on course at the CalJava International School of Decorating and Sugarcrafts, valued at more than $2,000.
First place was awarded to Samantha L. Liedtka, of Lock Haven. The honor was accompanied by a $250 cash prize. Gabrielle E. Bricker, of Etters, earned second place and a $150 cash prize. Amy N. Elicker, of East Berlin, earned third place and $100. Each of the prizes was sponsored by CalJava International.
The judges awarded honorable mention to Abigail L. Schuler, of Waynesboro.
Lauren K. Harris, of Mont Alto, was named the People’s Choice Award winner as determined by votes cast by visitors to the display. A donation was required to vote, and the money contributed by voters will be given to the Williamsport YWCA’s Liberty House. The program provides rooms for homeless women and women with children, as well as programs to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.
Judges for the event were Jennifer Eckert, who earned degrees in baking and pastry arts and technology management from Penn College; Tammie Holsinger, owner of Cove Party Supply in Roaring Spring and host of her own cake-decorating competition; and Alan Budiman, of CalJava International.
Budiman, whose father initiated the contest, offered cake-decorating demonstrations to students in first-year baking and pastry arts classes during his visit to campus.
Several of the cakes are on display on the first floor of the college’s Madigan Library through April 16.
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To learn more about the baking and pastry arts major and other academic programs offered by the School of Hospitality at Penn College, call 570-327-4505 or visit on the Web .