Preakness cake was a sure bet

April 27, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Two weeks after she won top honors for her wedding cake, Brittany Winters said she still has people asking for a sample.

The 18-year-old Washington County Technical High School senior won first place in a cake-decorating contest at Baltimore International College on April 14.

The three-tiered creation has a Preakness Stakes theme, complete with horses and riders circling the cake. The Preakness is a prestigious horse race held each May at Pimlico race track in Baltimore.

Winters, who said she was surprised by her success, won a $5,000 scholarship.

She's been baking and cooking for years and said cooking and baking are important parts of family gatherings. She started baking at 10 and said she enjoyed it immediately.


"I was just bored," Winters said. "I started throwing stuff together, and it just worked. Everyone said it was good."

She began preparing breakfast for her family, and she is enrolled in the culinary program at the technical high school. One of her teachers there, Kim Lowery, recommended that Winters participate in the cake-decorating contest. The cakes had to display a Maryland theme, and the decorations had to be edible.

Winters said it was Lowery who came up with the Preakness theme. Both said they liked the idea because it was different, and a theme that none of the other bakers would have. It also was a challenge, Winters said. The detail of the horses and riders made the process difficult.

She spent three days and a few long nights baking and decorating the cake. At 10:30 p.m. the night before the competition, she was still putting on the final touches.

The yellow cake with butter cream frosting has the Maryland state flag on the lower tier in icing and black-eyed Susans flowing from top to bottom. The state flower of Maryland is placed around the winning horse's neck, Lowery said.

Winters said she felt proud to have baked the winning cake, and also remembered a promise she made to herself.

Before the competition, Winters said she planned to attend a local college, but said if she won the Baltimore International College contest, she would apply there.

Winters said the college has a culinary arts program that will allow her to focus on baking and pastries. Her goal is to become a full-time pastry chef.

Before anyone can taste a bite of her winning cake - which has been at the technical high school for two weeks - the creation will be featured in the Washington County Public Schools annual art exhibition. The exhibition will open Saturday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and students' work will be on display through May 27.

"Some of the colors need some touch-ups before then," Winters said. "(The cake) just needs a little bit of a facelift."

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