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Somers Teens Raise the Bar in Second Annual Teen Cupcake Challenge

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SOMERS, N.Y. – Armed with plastic frosting knives and an arsenal of candy toppings, three teams of teens duked it out for the top spot in Somers’ own version of The Food Network’s, “Cupcake Wars.”

The Teen Cupcake Challenge was dreamed up by the library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG); a group of middle school and high school students who assist the library in providing activities and reading material for its teen demographic.

Matthew Kushner, the event’s 14-year-old emcee, said the challenge was such a success last year, the group decided to host it again. The second annual challenge was at 2 p.m. in the Somers Library, on Saturday, May 6.

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Teams were asked to decorate pre-baked, vanilla cupcakes according to themes that ranged from mythology to outer space. For three rounds, the teams were challenged to include mystery ingredients, such as lime flavored tortilla chips and bacon bits.

A panel of three judges evaluated the teams’ creations according to four categories: interpretation of theme, taste, appearance and creativity, and use of the mystery ingredient. Teams could earn up to 20 points per round. Whichever team had the most points after three rounds won.

Although there could only be one winning team, all participants were given candy at the end of the challenge. The winning team won gift cards to Aunt B’s Yogurt Bar.

To see more of the teen events offered at the Somers Library, click here.

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