Kids take the cake
A HAMBURGER and chips was the winning entry in a cupcake-decorating competition at Alstonville Public School yesterday.
One of the two competition judges, Ballina RSL Club executive chef Gerhard Spatz, said he was impressed with the imagination put into the decorations by the students.
Mr Spatz has worked across the world in five-star hotels.
Year 2 student, seven-year-old Tully Veronesi from Wollongbar, created the hamburger-and-chips cupcake for the competition.
The kids didn't have to make the cupcakes - just decorate them.
Tully said she got the idea for her creation from the internet, and her mum helped her make the hamburger.
"Dad had the idea to put the chips in," Tully said.
While she said cooking wasn't her favourite thing to do, she enjoyed creating her cupcake.
She said it took about an hour to cut and dye the cupcake to make it look like a hamburger.
And she made the chips with a flour mix with food dye and icing sugar.
She said her burger and fries would taste a lot sweeter than the real thing.
Teacher Kim Wheatland organised the competition.
She said she wanted to have a fun activity for the students in the lead-up to the school holidays.
And it also was a fund- raiser, with the children paying $2 to enter per cupcake - with a maximum mum of two entries.
And if they wanted to eat them, it cost 50c per cupcake to buy them back.
The money will go towards shade sails for the school.
About $530 had been raised before including money taken in the cupcake buy-back.
For her efforts, Tully (and her mum and dad) won two nights' accommodation in a luxury spa apartment at the Ramada Hotel and Suites in Ballina.
The Reserve Champion was Joe Gardner, who made a snowman in a snow-dome and the Second Reserve Champion went to Zoe Ball who created an island scene.
Prizes were awarded to year levels.
The area school education director, Daryl Jacobs, was the other judge.
Mr Spatz will return to give the kids a master class in cooking.
But not just cupcakes.