Hallowell, Maine (PressExposure) August 02, 2013 -- 2013 Old Hallowell Days Cupcake contest brings a first place prize to Bobbi Farrell for her creative (and tasty!) cupcakes. With about 3 pounds of re-usable mold making material and about 4 pounds of chocolate, Bobbi made over a dozen different and unique chocolate shapes ranging from the fanciful pig on a blanket, lighthouse, to the seashells molded from real Maine seashells.
Bobbi Farrell, a resident of Vassalboro Maine, retired this year from over thirty years of teaching and is now focusing on her next stages of her life. One path for her is to bake, and bake she does... charging into the Old Hallowell Day Festivities with her first try and first win in the cupcake contest. She is already looking forward to next year where she can try again.
The cupcakes consisted of two batches. One batch focused on an ocean scene. Each of the cupcakes was adorned with a variety of chocolate castings based upon the ocean. Some had chocolate seashells. These seashells were cast from seashells that she had collected on the Maine coast. Along with the seashells, were casts of rocks, a lighthouse, and an anchor.
The other batch of cupcakes had different shapes based on a summer theme. This included a pig laying in the sun, a baseball mitt, and a sunflower. The pig mold and the baseball mitt began as magnets that Bobbi used to make the mold. "The mold making material just melts in the microwave." Bobbi states matter of factly, "even an old school teacher like me can figure it out."
Bobbi Farrell states "this was my first real attempt at creating cupcakes with so many different unique shapes on them. I think the judges really liked the creative use of the chocolate castings. Plus it was a lot of fun!"
When asked what's next, Bobbi states "I'll likely do some full cakes for friends parties using some unique toppings. I've already made one with a retirement them using a flamingo."
The Old Hallowell Day festivities have been going on each summer since 1968. The festivities include a parade, dance festivities, library book sale, and of course the cupcake or cake competition. The contest is judged by several Hallowell citizens.
When asked to describe the process for making the cupcakes. She put it as a 3 step process. The first was the thinking part, where she came up with her ideas and the concept. Then she made her cupcakes and frosting. The cupcake toppers were the last stage. This turned into the most enjoyable part for her because she could really experiment with different objects. She also was able to make the shapes with her grand children who poured the chocolates into the molds.