The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts this week was pleased to help Manhattan's Stern College for Women stage a Cupcake Wars competition as part of an orientation program for the incoming class of students.
50 young women participated, competing in teams of four. Chef Avram Wiseman, CKCA's Dean of Students and Head Culinary Arts Instructor, acted as Master of Ceremonies, while Chef Philippe Kaemmerle, CKCA's lead Pastry Instructor, gave a brief demonstration on how to use a piping bag and provided a tutorial in basic cupcake decorating technique. (Chef Kaemmerle regularly gives classes on Sundays such as Sophisticated Cupcakes, Cake Pops, and Cake in a Jar, and information about those classes can be found by clicking on the links.)
The teams then had 30 minutes to decorate their own cupcakes as a team according to a theme. Our judges then scored them based on presentation and creativity. The winners (pictured above, with CKCA Chef Instructors) each received $25 off classes at CKCA.
The event gained rave reviews from both students and organizers, and CKCA plans to repeat the Cupcake Wars Competition in other locations, for both schools and charity-event purposes. If you are interested in bringing Cupcake Wars to your campus or synagogue, contact CKCA at 718-758-1339.
Below, enjoy some pictures of the winning cupcakes and the competition in action.