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These cupcakes by Gabriella Gomez won first place.

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Gino's overflows with cupcakes of every color

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - Updated: 9:35 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- On Sunday, Gino's Pizzeria and Restaurant filled to the brim with colorful cupcakes of all shapes and sizes. Some were stacked in towers, others mimicked retro buckets of popcorn — baked in honor of the old Strand theater formerly located across the street -- and some were even created using a beer or liquor base.

Gino's Owner Marcia Jaque said she was initially hesitant to hold the event, as the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and Canajoharie Library held a successful, similar event titled "Cupcake Wars" earlier this year. "I didn't want to step on any toes," Jaque said, although she decided to go forward with the event because of the fact that while the museum/library's "Cupcake Wars" was for professional bakers, Jacque's allowed anybody to join in the fun. 

"Anybody can participate," said Jaque, noting that the positive feedback she's received personally, through Facebook, and on the day of the event filled her with excitement and joy. One multi-generational team, consisting of a daughter, mother and grandmother, told Jaque that they made a day of it, first going outside to enjoy the snow, then baking cupcakes together.

"To me, they're all winners," Jaque said of the over-20 participants, whose submissions were judged by Gail Luna, of Luna, Cakes by Design, of Sharon Springs.

Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery announced the first place winner, Gabriella Gomez, who took home a $25 cash prize -- paid for with the money earned in auctioning off the cupcakes. The second and third place winners also won cash prizes, while the fourth, fifth and sixth place winners took home gift certificates to Gino's. All participants were given cookies, baked by Gino's.

Jaque said the event was so successful that she hopes to hold it again next year. I love "to give people something to do," she said, adding, "and I want them to get excited for next year."

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Joshua Thomas - Cupcakes made to look like popcorn, in honor of the old Strand Theater, formerly located across the street from Gino's, by Jennifer Gallo-Lee.

Joshua Thomas - Chris Wheeler made three alcohol-based cupcakes using liquor and beer.

Joshua Thomas - The "Merry Snowmen" by Chris Wheeler were made with Black Majik cake and Young's Double Chocolate Stout, with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting.

     

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