The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 9, 2014

Sweet!

A sugary showdown to end domestic violence

BECKLEY — Steady your spatulas and hold on to your pastry bags! Set to battle it out in perfectly piped buttercream, five local bakers have joined Women’s Resource Center for “Something Sweet ‘2’ — Cupcake Wars.” Saturday, Feb. 15, noon at Marquee Cinemas, Instant Karma Cupcakes, Cakes by Brittany, Jo Jo’s Cupcakes, Missy’s Cake Shop and The Bake Shoppe will offer 200 prepared tastings each of their cupcake creations, vying for titles of People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice: Best Taste and Best Display. Following the competition, event participants will be treated once again — to a private showing of the movie “Winter’s Tale” on its debut weekend.

A feast for the sweet-toothed (icing, icing baby) as well as the eyes (Colin Farrell AND Russell Crowe?), Cupcake Wars is an all-in-fun fundraiser with a very serious purpose — to raise money against domestic violence in southern West Virginia. Says Public Relations and Fundraising Development Coordinator Dee Sizemore, WRC served over 3,200 victims of domestic violence last fiscal year. Services included providing shelter, court advocacy, support groups and agency referrals. “We help make the necessary referrals and follow-ups for securing housing, employment, education and child care. It’s helping victims live freely and not return to a life of violence. They face many roadblocks when they leave their abusers that keep them going back,” said Sizemore. WRC also provides community presentations for school-age children and to church and civic organizations to prevent violence before it happens.

Tickets for Cupcake Wars must be purchased in advance and seating is limited. The cost is $20 each, which includes tasting opportunities, a People’s Choice voting coin, a copy of “The Family Table Volume 2: Just Desserts” cookbook and a reserved seat for “Winter’s Tale.” Tickets are available online at www.wrcwv.org/newsevents/ss2cupcakewars.html

In the spirit of good sportsmanship, each of the five competing bakers shared a recipe with The Register-Herald, along with a bit about what makes their business a “sweet” success.

— E-mail lshrewsberry@register-herald.com

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