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Cake Decorator Fashions Familiar Face

Award-winning cake designer Irene Maston, named one of Brides magazine’s Top 100 Cake Designers, visited campus Thursday to provide a cake-sculpting demonstration in the Madigan Library. During her well-attended talk, she transformed a stack of triple-chocolate layer cakes to a likeness of the college’s Wildcat mascot. Maston owns Irene’s Cakes by Designs in Ludlow, Vermont, where recent Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate Kristina M. Williams is an intern. Student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie, will serve an internship with Maston this summer. After her demonstration, Maston remained on campus to help judge Friday’s Culinary and Pastry Experience. In addition to Irene’s Cakes by Design, Maston and her husband own The Andrie Rosen Inn.

– Photos by Anna J. Cooper, marketing and communications specialist for the School of Business and Hospitality,
and Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue

Irene Maston shapes layers of triple chocolate cake to form the Wildcat’s head. (Her tip: After you’ve eaten all the cake scraps you can stand, save the rest to make cake balls.)
Irene Maston shapes layers of triple chocolate cake to form the Wildcat’s head. (Her tip: After you’ve eaten all the cake scraps you can stand, save the rest to make cake balls.)

Maston adds the Wildcat’s pink nose between two furry cheekbones.
Maston adds the Wildcat’s pink nose between two furry cheekbones.

Maston’s library demonstration is well-attended by the campus community.
Maston’s library demonstration is well-attended by the campus community.

Scissors make the Wildcat’s ears look extra furry.
Scissors make the Wildcat’s ears look extra furry.

Airbrushing begins to bring the Wildcat to life.
Airbrushing begins to bring the Wildcat to life.

A cute and tasty final product
A cute and tasty final product