Teacher Michael Kunz was crowned the winner in the Lynbrook High School Cupcake War to Fight Hunger. For his crowd-pleasing entry, he created these All-American Cheeseburger cupcakes, complete with a Weber grill. (Credit: Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax)
High School students, staff and community members competed in the
Culinary Arts Club’s Cupcake War to Fight Hunger. Each of the 16
contestants baked 24 cupcakes representing a “Countries of the World”
sold their cupcake creations to raise money for Share Our Strength’s
Great American Bake Sale, a national campaign that mobilizes Americans
to help end childhood hunger by holding bake sales in their communities.
the entries were a French crème brulee cupcake, an Argentine dulce de
leche cupcake, a guacamole-topped delicacy dubbed “Spanish Inquisition,”
a cappuccino-flavored cupcake shaped like a coffee cup and an
Australian Pavlova cake named after the Russian ballerina, as well as
cupcakes created after American apple crumb cake and hamburger sliders.
Entries were judged on overall taste, frosting, cake, presentation and interpretation of the “Countries of the World” theme.
first-place prize went to art teacher Michael Kunz for his All-American
Cheeseburger cupcakes. The second-place prize went to Giovanni
Napolitano and Quentin Herrmann for their Spicy De Juan Mango and Chile
Cupcake. Two entries tied for third place: the Coqui Cupcake by Jessica
Khattab, Kathleen Lecce, Taylor Schmidt, Camryn Walsh and Jordan Walsh,
and the German Apple Streusel Cupcake by Samantha Laskin and Sarah
raised over $900 for Share Our Strength's fight against childhood
hunger,” club adviser Lauren Reganato said. “Every dollar donated
connects a hungry child with 10 nutritious meals, which means we
provided more than 90 meals through the Cupcake War bake sale!”