Cupcakes will be judged on taste, appearance, originality and overall quality. Only original or adapted recipes will be accepted.
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Entries should be six of the same cupcakes — enough for judges to sample. All decorations must be edible.
Include with the entry a copy of the cupcake recipe on an index card that also has your name, hometown, and daytime and evening phone numbers.
Tell us the source of the recipe — whether it was an original creation or family recipe, or if you changed a recipe found in a cookbook, magazine or website. Tell us the source, so we can credit the creator.
Bring your entry to The Herald-Mail from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, at 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Judging will take place that evening.
Winning contestants must be available for a photo and a phone interview Tuesday, April 16, or Wednesday, April 17. Please keep a couple entries handy in case you are selected as the winning cupcake baker. We'll photograph you with your entry.
To be eligible, contestants must live in Washington County in Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.
Herald-Mail employees and their relatives are not eligible to win.
For more information, contact Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle at 301-791-7136, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2012 cupcake contest winner was Carla Cardello of Mercersburg, Pa. The prize-winning recipe is re-printed on page A8.
— Chris Copley, Lifestyle assistant editor
Chocolate coconut cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
1 ounce dark chocolate
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup hot coffee
1/3 cup milk
1 1/3 cup flour