The Armed Services YMCA has got people talking about its Cooking Camp, and more specifically about the Cake Wars week that was held two weeks ago. Modeled after the Food Network’s show of the same name, the class of twelve boys and girls was treated to a crash course on baking from scratch, as well as one day with guest teacher and local “Cake Wars” veteran baker Lily Halabi of Lily’s Cakes, who taught the class tips and tricks of the trade to help them on their journey.

Halabi came in on day two of Cake Wars week, and not only gave of her time, but also donated supplies to help the children, who were divided into three teams of four, with their contest. At the end of their lessons, during which time they learned Halabi’s own recipe for buttercream icing, they had to recreate that icing as well as pipe rosettes onto a cupcake. The winner of this challenge received a huge advantage going into judgement day, held on that Friday: first cakes in the oven, first in the refrigerator to cool. Team Cookie won this challenge, with Team Cupcake coming in second, and Team cake coming in third.

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