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Wedding Cake Competition Pays Tasty, Tuneful Tribute to ‘Love Songs’


Penn College’s annual wedding cake competition and display Tuesday offered a look at the talents of students in a Cake Decorating II course taught by Chef Sue L. Mayer, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. The competitors edibly expressed the theme “Love Songs,” with cakes representing memorable lyrics from several eras.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue

Etta James’ “At Last” is the impetus for a cake by Rachel C. Bryant, of Wellsboro, who tied for third place.
Etta James’ “At Last” is the impetus for a cake by Rachel C. Bryant, of Wellsboro, who tied for third place.

Bette Midler's classic “The Rose” inspires a cake by Rachel C. Cooper, of Bangor.
Bette Midler’s classic “The Rose” inspires a cake by Rachel C. Cooper, of Bangor.

“I say love, it is a flower …” lyrics show off Cooper’s piping skills.
“I say love, it is a flower …” lyrics show off Cooper’s piping skills.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, thanks Chef Sue L. Mayer, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, for her years of organizing the cake competition. Mayer plans to retire this spring.
Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, thanks Chef Sue L. Mayer, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, for her years of organizing the cake competition. Mayer plans to retire this spring.

A visual take on Taylor Swift’s “Enchanted” earns a third-place tie for Shannon E. Croney, of Lake Ariel.
A visual take on Taylor Swift’s “Enchanted” earns a third-place tie for Shannon E. Croney, of Lake Ariel.

Edible details on Croney's cake include colorful flowers and moss.
Edible details on Croney’s cake include colorful flowers and moss.

A cake by Marissa R. Dimoff, of Mount Union, takes its cue from the song “Bella Notte” from Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” ...
A cake by Marissa R. Dimoff, of Mount Union, takes its cue from the song “Bella Notte” from Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” …

... with an enduring cinematic love scene as its topper.
… with an enduring cinematic love scene as its topper.

Competitors – all enrolled in the Cake Decorating II course taught by Mayer – pose with their instructor.
Competitors – all enrolled in the Cake Decorating II course taught by Mayer – pose with their instructor.

Frank Sinatra’s “Come Rain or Come Shine” is the theme for this first-place cake by Kelsey L. Park, of Bellefonte.
Frank Sinatra’s “Come Rain or Come Shine” is the theme for this first-place cake by Kelsey L. Park, of Bellefonte.

Fondant piano keys, piped lyrics and a pulled-sugar display Park's winning techniques.
Fondant piano keys, piped lyrics and a pulled-sugar rose display Park’s winning techniques.

The title song from Disney’s adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” comes to life on a cake by Jessica N. Felton, of State College.
The title song from Disney’s adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” comes to life on a cake by Jessica N. Felton, of State College.

The lyrics “Tale as old as time …” spur Felton's decorative creativity.
The lyrics “Tale as old as time …” spur Felton’s decorative creativity.

“So This Is Love” from Disney’s “Cinderella” is beautifully evoked by Sarah B. Fiedler, of Lock Haven.
“So This Is Love” from Disney’s “Cinderella” is beautifully evoked by Sarah B. Fiedler, of Lock Haven.

A delicate fondant rose adds detail to Fiedler's creation.
A delicate fondant rose adds detail to Fiedler’s creation.

Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” – and the song’s single cover – inform this cake by Daniel C. Frankenfield, of Dushore ...
Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” – and the song’s single cover – inform this cake by Daniel C. Frankenfield, of Dushore …

... beautifully crowned by hand-formed white roses.
… beautifully crowned by hand-formed white roses.

Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” inspires a bird-of-paradise-topped cake by Tiffany A. Reese, of Wellsboro.
Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” inspires a bird-of-paradise-topped cake by Tiffany A. Reese, of Wellsboro.

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz provides the soundtrack for an air-brushed and hand-painted cake by Liliana M. Strunk, of Avis.
“Lucky” by Jason Mraz provides the soundtrack for an air-brushed and hand-painted cake by Liliana M. Strunk, of Avis.

Drawing upon a visit to Hotel Coronado, where Marilyn Monroe filmed “Some Like It Hot,” Ana Nicole Uribe, of Lewisburg, decorated her cake based on the song “I Wanna Be Loved by You,” as sung by Monroe in the movie.
Drawing upon a visit to Hotel Coronado, where Marilyn Monroe filmed “Some Like It Hot,” Ana Nicole Uribe, of Lewisburg, decorated her cake based on the song “I Wanna Be Loved by You,” as sung by Monroe in the movie.

The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” is the message of a colorful cake by Jenna Zaremba, of Pottsville, who placed second.
The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” is the message of a colorful cake by Jenna Zaremba, of Pottsville, who placed second.

The theme of the day
The theme of the day

From left are judges Lynnette F. Stegmaier, who won the competition last year; Kim Morrison, owner of Cakes for Occasions in Spring Mills; and Eckert, ’01 and ’04, bakery manager for Redner’s Warehouse Markets in Reading.
From left are judges Lynnette F. Stegmaier, who won the competition last year; Kim Morrison, owner of Cakes for Occasions in Spring Mills; and Eckert, ’01 and ’04, bakery manager for Redner’s Warehouse Markets in Reading.

A hand-molded bow and pearling adorn Uribe's creation ...
A hand-molded bow and pearling adorn Uribe’s creation …

... which she discusses with judge Jennifer Eckert.
… which she discusses with judge Jennifer Eckert.

 

 

Comments

Nadia Stokes,

A wonderfully fabulous great job, chef Sue and team. I personally know how tough and stressful it can be, but your work all shined and paid off this day. Congratulations and keep it up.

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