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East Texas students battle in cupcake competition

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DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Standard vanilla and chocolate don't compare to the flavors and style of the East Texas students battling for the top cupcake honors.

"Today we are hosting the East Texas Cupcake Battle through the H.E.A.T Association, and the students have prepared 12 cupcakes," said family consumer science teach Jennifer Garcia. "They baked them, brought them, and they set up a showcase."

From "Alice in Wonderland" to treats that look like they've been picked fresh from the garden, the culinary creativity was not in short supply.

"They always surpass my expectations," Garcia said. "You would walk in here and some of these exhibits and displays, you would never know were done by high school students." 

"They look better than what some professionals do," admitted Garcia. "It's very exciting."

Where do these students find their inspiration for these delicious desserts?

First-place winner Caitlyn Phillips said she molded her theme around an eye-catching wall piece.

"I saw this mirror actually. It was my inspiration behind everything, and once I saw it, I told my teacher, 'I have to use this and incorporate it some way' and I wanted it to be classy, like high class," Phillips said. 

Third place put a unique twist on a popular seasonal latte.

"I go to Starbucks pretty much every day, so I thought making it a cupcake would just be a good idea," Jaycee Russell said. 

The top three winners of the cupcake event will advance to state, which serves as the icing on the cake for these culinary hopefuls.

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