By Brian Swartz
Weekly Staff Editor
As the Cupcake Battles swept through the lobby at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Westgate in Bangor on May 1, neither the judges nor the onlookers took any prisoners.
Kindred-Westgate sponsored the second annual Cupcake Battles to raise funds for the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s, according to Director of Nursing Tamera Leland. Participating in either the commercial or noncommercial divisions, bakers supplied 20-24 fresh cupcakes apiece to be sold as part of the event. A $5 entry fee accompanied each type of cupcake, which was submitted with an accompanying index that listed the ingredients.
In the commercial division, cupcakes were supplied by The Coach House, Frank’s Bakery, Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Eastside and Ross Manor, among other businesses. Individual bakers participated in the noncommercial division.
“We ended up with 29 entries,” Leland said, estimating that some 600 cupcakes were donated for the fundraiser.
The Cupcake Battles started at 1:30 p.m. as six judges sampled cupcakes and scored each type on its appearance, flavor, frosting, originality and texture. The judges were Bangor Mayor Nelson Durgin, Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross, Carol Higgins-Taylor of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Dana Dickson of Gentiva Home Healthcare, and WABI-TV morning anchor Wayne Harvey and his 8-year-old daughter Talia.
“I did it last year,” Wayne Harvey said, referring to being a judge. “Kristie [Miner, Kindred-Westgate admissions coordinator] asked if I would do it again.
“For cupcakes, I would,” he said as Leland placed another paper plate filled with sample cupcakes (entrant No. 24) by the Harveys. “It’s for a good cause.”
An audience estimated at 20-25 people watched the judges at work and occasionally applauded when particularly well-decorated cupcakes appeared. Dozens of cupcakes were displayed in an adjacent room, where the doors were set to open at 2 p.m. so people could buy cupcakes priced at $1 apiece or $5 per half dozen.
Unfortunately onlookers could not resist temptation, and boxes of purchased cupcakes started flying out the door well before 2 p.m. According to Miner, the Cupcake Battles raised approximately $600 for the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5.
After the judges tallied their scores, “Eastside Rehab took first place in the commercial division” by baking cupcakes topped with cheeseburgers and french fries. Leland took first place in the noncommercial “with her Lemon White Chocolate Daisy” cupcakes, Miner said, and “Jenny Porter was the runner-up with her cheeseburger cupcake.”
For information, look up “Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Facebook.