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Sweet science: Program talks about baking

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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 4:30 am

It wasn’t quite “Cupcake Wars,” but hundreds of area youngsters congregated Wednesday at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library to decorate cupcakes.

Nolanville twins Julia and Hannah Trumbull, 9, have a few things in common, but when it comes to cupcakes, Julia said she prefers chocolate, and Hannah prefers vanilla.

“I’d make a rainbow,” Julia said if she could decorate her cupcake anyway she wanted.

Hannah said she’d make one to look like the world.

Wiping thick white icing from her chin, their 4-year-old sister, Allyson, sided with Hannah and said she also preferred vanilla.

Yet she shared Julia’s creative mind-set when she said she would make a cupcake with “all colors,” if she could.

The girls’ mother, Becky Trumbull, said they attended the library’s weekly Wacky Wednesday program because it’s something fun and free to do.

“They enjoy the library, and it keeps them busy,” she said.

Heading the decorating demonstration to teach the children about baking science were Kim Washington, Harker Heights H-E-B bakery manager, and Veronica Brandon, H-E-B cake decorator.

“This is why math is important,” Washington said, as Brandon counted how many times she dabbed a cupcake with purple icing to make flower petals. “Counting is also important when you measure ingredients and need to know how much ingredients are in a recipe.”

After talking about the different tips used on decorating bags to make a specific creation, the bakers let the children have a turn decorating.

With the option of choosing vanilla or chocolate cupcakes, children were provided with thick white icing in decorating bags and sprinkles.

As he slowly savored the fluffy treat he decorated, 8-year-old Zachariah Sample said he prefers chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles and whipped cream.

Emma Thompson, 7, said she likes violet and blue colors for icing.

“And vanilla cupcakes with chocolate in the center,” Thompson said.

Children’s Librarian Amanda Hairston said H-E-B bakers provided the cupcakes and materials free for the program, and Domino’s employees were on hand afterward for a pizza-making demo.

Slated for next week’s library program at 9:30 a.m. July 23 is Safari Greg to speak about exotic animals and animal science.

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