Culinary arts students compete in fourth CFISD Cupcake Battle

January 31, 2020

Winners at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle were, from left, Cypress Falls junior Evelyn Tello (Advanced Culinary division first place); Cypress Lakes senior Mariah Goins (Advanced Culinary division second place); Cypress Springs junior Nathalie Yac (Best Presentation); Cypress Ranch junior Isaiah Gerrard (Advanced Culinary division third place); Cypress Ranch sophomore Izzie Fuller (Most Technical Technique); Cypress Lakes junior Ta’kiaya Washington (Most Unique Flavor); Cypress Woods junior Yen Ong (Best Cake); Cy-Fair junior Shannon Murphy (Best Frosting); Cypress Ranch sophomore Sophia Stanton (Culinary I division first place); Cypress Lakes senior Nicole Alvarado (Culinary I division third place); and Cypress Ranch senior Reagan Campbell accepting the award on behalf of Cypress Ranch senior Oluwatoni Odufuye (Culinary I division second place). Winners at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle were, from left, Cypress Falls junior Evelyn Tello (Advanced Culinary division first place); Cypress Lakes senior Mariah Goins (Advanced Culinary division second place); Cypress Springs junior Nathalie Yac (Best Presentation); Cypress Ranch junior Isaiah Gerrard (Advanced Culinary division third place); Cypress Ranch sophomore Izzie Fuller (Most Technical Technique); Cypress Lakes junior Ta’kiaya Washington (Most Unique Flavor); Cypress Woods junior Yen Ong (Best Cake); Cy-Fair junior Shannon Murphy (Best Frosting); Cypress Ranch sophomore Sophia Stanton (Culinary I division first place); Cypress Lakes senior Nicole Alvarado (Culinary I division third place); and Cypress Ranch senior Reagan Campbell accepting the award on behalf of Cypress Ranch senior Oluwatoni Odufuye (Culinary I division second place).

Jan. 31, 2020—Cypress Ranch High School sophomore Sophia Stanton and Cypress Falls High School junior Evelyn Tello won first place in their respective competition divisions at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle, held Jan. 23 at the Berry Center.

The competition featured more than 60 entries from 12 CFISD high schools. Industry professionals, CFISD culinary arts alumni and local bakers joined CFISD staff members in judging this year’s competition. The judges graded the cupcakes for multiple categories, including overall taste and design, Best Cake, Best Frosting, Most Unique Flavor, Most Technical Technique and Best Presentation.

Pastry Chef and former CFISD culinary student Shayla Pruitt judges cupcakes for Best Presentation at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle on Jan. 23 at the Berry Center. Judges chose the top three overall cupcakes in the Culinary I and Advanced Culinary divisions, in addition to Best Cake, Best Frosting, Most Unique Flavor, Most Technical Technique and Best Presentation. Pastry Chef and former CFISD culinary student Shayla Pruitt judges cupcakes for Best Presentation at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle on Jan. 23 at the Berry Center. Judges chose the top three overall cupcakes in the Culinary I and Advanced Culinary divisions, in addition to Best Cake, Best Frosting, Most Unique Flavor, Most Technical Technique and Best Presentation.

During judging, participating culinary students participated in the Breakout Box Challenge and toured local food trucks parked outside the Berry Center.

Culinary students prepared cupcakes and presentations the week before the competition at their local campuses and set them up at the Berry Center on the day of the competition. The top three places were awarded in both Advanced Culinary Arts (second-year students) and Culinary I. Winners in both divisions received prizes including KitchenAid mixers, cupcake pans, decorating kits and other baking accessories.

In addition to baking cupcakes, CFISD culinary students were tasked with presenting their cupcakes in unique ways. Cypress Springs junior Nathalie Yac’s caramel corn carrousel design won the Best Presentation award at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle on Jan. 23 at the Berry Center.
In addition to baking cupcakes, CFISD culinary students were tasked with presenting their cupcakes in unique ways. Cypress Springs junior Nathalie Yac’s caramel corn carrousel design won the Best Presentation award at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle on Jan. 23 at the Berry Center.

Stanton placed first in the Culinary I division with her maple pancake cupcake. Cypress Ranch senior Oluwatoni Odufuye placed second with her banana caramel cupcake. Cypress Lakes High school senior Nicole Alvarado placed third with her cinnamon roll cupcake.

Tello placed first in the Advanced Culinary division with her strawberry lemonade cupcake. Cypress Lakes High School senior Mariah Goins placed second with her banana split cupcake and Cypress Ranch junior Isaiah Gerrard placed third with his crème brûlée cupcake.

Cypress Ranch sophomore Izzie Fuller’s rosewater cupcake won Most Technical Technique at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle on Jan. 23 at the Berry Center.
Cypress Ranch sophomore Izzie Fuller’s rosewater cupcake won Most Technical Technique at the fourth annual CFISD Cupcake Battle on Jan. 23 at the Berry Center.

The following Culinary I students won specialty awards:

·Best Cake – Yen Ong, Cypress Woods (brownie cupcake with Oreo frosting);

·Best Frosting – Shannon Murphy, Cy-Fair (chocolate coated mocha cupcake);

·Most Unique Flavor – Ta’kiaya Washington, Cypress Lakes (lemon raspberry with blackberry frosting);

·Most Technical Technique – Izzie Fuller, Cypress Ranch (rosewater cupcake); and

·Best Presentation – Nathalie Yac, Cypress Springs (caramel corn cupcake).

“I am proud of our Culinary and Advanced Culinary students,” said Mark Williams, career and technical education (CTE) coordinator. “All of the students dedicated a great deal of time and effort into developing their cupcake recipe and decoration style. This contest provided the students with an opportunity to showcase their creativity and demonstrate skills acquired in culinary. After tasting their work, it’s obvious we have a talented group of culinary students and instructors.”

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