Baking a Difference

Posted on April 24, 2012 by Yumi Almendras | 0 Comments


In case you missed Saturday's first ever bake off event at sweethaus, here are some morsels for you to munch on:

sweethaus and the UVA Baking Club joined forces to create Baking a Difference, a bake off headed by UVA's Megan McFarland. Megan is a third year Biology and Elementary Education major at UVA, as well as the president of the Baking Club.  She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, and also works part-time at sweethaus! She is the head cake pop creator, so you can thank her for those adorable delicious treats!

 Megan shares that she and sweethaus' founder/owner Tara Koenig have been talking about joining forces for an event since they met last September. The clever name, Baking a Difference, came to Megan one day when she was brainstorming ideas for the event. She feels proud of the coined name saying, "I'm usually never punny!". Tara was happy to host the event in the sweethaus parking lot, and donated giftcards as prizes for the winners. 

The proceeds for Baking a Difference are going towards offering free baking classes for middle-school girls involved in the Young Women Leaders Program through UVA. 

 Here's an excerpt of a short interview with Megan McFarland:

 Are you happy with the turnout?

Yes I'm really happy with the turnout! The UVA Baking Club is a relatively new club on grounds, so the turnout on Saturday was just really exciting to see!  We raised over $250 in two hours, which I think is really impressive!


What's the feedback from the participants and tasters?

We had 7 different desserts entered into the bake off, and all contestants seemed to really enjoy themselves!  Tasters had a great time as well, and said how voting was a tough, as each dessert was so delicious!  The tasters were voting for a first place and honorable mention.  First place went to the Vanilla Bean Cupcake with Vanilla bean frosting and Strawberry Sauce.  Honorable Mention went to Jizzle Bars, which are chocolate and peanut butter bars with a secret ingredient: potato chips!


Any future plans for a similar event?

Tara and I have already talked about doing the event again next year, and have started brainstorming ways to make it an even greater success!  It's been a blast to work with a local business like sweethaus, and I think this event has a lot of potential in the future!  What I like about it most is that it integrates the University and student life with the rest of Charlottesville and the townspeople.

 Other general info about Baking Club:

We meet every other Friday at Newcomb Dining hall to bake.  Newcomb gives us access to their kitchen as well as ingredients, and most of the time we bake for other organization's fundraisers/philanthropies. For example, we donated cakes to Relay For Life's cake walk).  We hope Baking A Difference will be our annual philanthropy in the spring!


So there you go, a fun-filled inaugural bake off at sweethaus.  Stay tuned for the next bake off event planned for Fall 2012.  There's always a reason to bake for a difference after all! 

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