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Winners Named in Penn College Cake Competition

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A Harry Potter-themed cake created by Pennsylvania College of Technology student Katrina M. Snelgrove, of Winchester, Va., received Grand Prize honors in the college's annual cake competition.The winners have been announced in an annual cake competition held at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The competition featured students in an advanced cake-decorating class taught by Suzann L. Major, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts. This year, the students were challenged to design a three-tiered, fondant-covered cake inspired by the Harry Potter book series, and each student was tasked with incorporating a castle provided by CalJava International into his or her design.

Grand prize was awarded to Katrina M. Snelgrove, of Winchester, Va., who is pursuing an associate degree in baking and pastry arts.

First place was awarded to Terri A. Smith, of Hatfield. Robin D. Bingham, of Lewisburg, earned second place, and Brittany M. DeLousia, of Brackney, earned third place. Each winner received a large box of cake-decorating equipment and supplies, sponsored by CalJava International. The judges awarded honorable mention to Bryan A. Sharp, a culinary arts technology student from Souderton.

Heather N. Ferguson, of Northumberland, 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 help them become self-sufficient.

The contest, now in its sixth year, was devised by Daniel Budiman, owner of CalJava International, a California-based cake and decorating supply company, in order to encourage Penn College students to showcase their talents and challenge their technical skills.

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 Kim Morrison, two-time Grand Prize winner of the National Wedding Cake Competition and owner of Cakes for Occasions in Spring Mills.

Through March 31, several of the cakes will remain on display to the public on the first floor of the college’s Madigan Library, as part of the community Harry Potter’s World exhibit.

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