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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.

To learn more about baking and pastry arts and other academic majors offered by the School of Business & Hospitality at Penn College, call 570-327-4505.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

 

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

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