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Cherrydale’s First Cupcake Wars!

Better Than A Food Fight

On Monday night, two dozen teens from all over the county came to Cherrydale Branch Library for Cupcake Wars. 

Despite popular belief, this was not a cupcake-based food fight – it was competitive cupcake decorating:

4 First round of decorating22 Flowers and tree in meadow10 Sky blue frosting

How did it work? Cherrydale librarians and teens wrote themes on slips of paper, which were placed in a cup. Then everyone was given a cupcake and a theme was drawn from the cup – the first one was Outer Space. The teens had 5 minutes to create a masterpiece using frosting, food coloring, and candy, and then presented and explained their cupcake. The winner was chosen by applause, and then everyone ate their creations.

Due to a cupcake shortage, the second round required partner work. So in order to foster collaboration, they were given 12 minutes to come up with their Meadow-themed cupcake:

13 Round Two of decorating8 Cupcakes17 Meadow with bears


The teens also gave a big thank you to the Friends of the Arlington Library for their support of Summer Reading:

16 Thanks to the Friends

Upcoming Cherrydale Teen programs include:


Did you miss Cupcake Wars at Cherrydale? Catch it at Shirlington on August 15 at 3 p.m.


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