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Penn College Announces Cake Competition Winners


With a pink cake that was adorned with roses and pearls, student Jacqueline R. Dull, of Mohnton, received first place in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual wedding cake competition.

Dull is a sophomore in the college’s baking and pastry arts major. She and the other competitors are enrolled in the Cake Decorating II course, taught by Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts. As a final project for the class, each student submitted a three-tiered, fondant-covered wedding cake with handmade embellishments.

Sarah A. Waclo, of York, earns second place.
Sarah A. Waclo, of York, earns second place.
First place in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual wedding cake competition is awarded to Jacqueline R. Dull, a baking and pastry arts student from Milton.
First place in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual wedding cake competition is awarded to Jacqueline R. Dull, a baking and pastry arts student from Milton.

Second place was awarded to Sarah A. Waclo, of York, who used fondant to create a torn-paper effect. Third place went to Taylor M. Bickhart, of Middleburg, for a cake with a cascade of roses. Judges awarded Honorable Mention to Erica L. Breski, of Harrisburg, for an art deco-inspired cake.

The competition was judged by chefs Susan Notter, Sue Mayer and Kelsey (Park) Miller. Notter’s long list of professional accolades includes earning a gold medal at the Culinary Olympics and winning the Food Network’s first “Halloween Wars” challenge. She is director of the pastry arts program at The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts, a division of YTI Career Institute-Lancaster. Mayer retired from the college as an assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts. She received degrees in food and hospitality management and technology management from the college and is the owner of Grammy Sue’s Cakes and Cookies. Miller won the college’s cake competition in 2015 and operates Sweet Treats by Kelsey.

The first-, second- and third-place cakes competed at the Atlantic Bakery Expo on April 8-9 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey.

Taylor M. Bickhart, of Middleburg, is named the third-place winner.
Taylor M. Bickhart, of Middleburg, is named the third-place winner.

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– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor

The top cake, as selected by judges, was crafted by Jacqueline R. Dull, of Milton.
The top cake, as selected by judges, was crafted by Jacqueline R. Dull, of Milton.

Delicate roses decorate Dull’s showpiece.
Delicate roses decorate Dull’s showpiece.

Paper-thin fondant strips add dimension to Sarah A. Waclo’s second-place cake.
Paper-thin fondant strips add dimension to Sarah A. Waclo’s second-place cake.

Handmade roses add a cascade of color to Taylor Bickhart’s third-place cake.
Handmade roses add a cascade of color to Taylor Bickhart’s third-place cake.

Bickhart's white roses have a realistic, two-tone touch.
Bickhart’s white roses have a realistic, two-tone touch.

A clean-lined, art deco-inspired cake earns honorable mention for Erica L. Breski, of Harrisburg.
A clean-lined, art deco-inspired cake earns honorable mention for Erica L. Breski, of Harrisburg.

Bethany R. Taylor, of Moosic, hand-piped pearls onto her entry.
Bethany R. Taylor, of Moosic, hand-piped pearls onto her entry.

Delicately piped stringwork adorns a cake by Gloria F. Boronow, of Denver.
Delicately piped stringwork adorns a cake by Gloria F. Boronow, of Denver.

Sarah I. Tielmann, of Tatamy, adds a hand-lettered message to her entry: “You will forever be my always.”
Sarah I. Tielmann, of Tatamy, adds a hand-lettered message to her entry: “You will forever be my always.”

Tielmann’s skillfully made florals
Tielmann’s skillfully made florals

To achieve some of her stringwork arches, Maria E. Berrios, of Bethlehem, turned her cake upside down.
To achieve some of her stringwork arches, Maria E. Berrios, of Bethlehem, turned her cake upside down.

Chefs Susan Notter, left, Sue Mayer, in purple, and Kelsey (Park) Miller, with blue clipboard, provide praise and advice to Breski.
Chefs Susan Notter, left, Sue Mayer, in purple, and Kelsey (Park) Miller, with blue clipboard, provide praise and advice to Breski.

After judging, Notter shares insights from a highly successful career.
After judging, Notter shares insights from a highly successful career.

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