Amateur bakers sought for competition

YOUNGSTOWN – A local baking competition is seeking participants for its annual event. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Mahoning Valley Birth Center.

The Sweet Life Cupcake Competition is seeking amateur bakers to compete in five cupcake categories: classic, health nut, savory, theme and freestyle.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at B&O Station Banquet Hall, Youngstown. Registration deadline is Feb. 1.

Event organizers said in addition to amateur bakers, professional bakers will be participating in the competition in the same five categories as the amateurs as well as “Best in Show,” “Fan Favorite” and “Best Display.”

The professional bakers competing include Bartell’s Cupcakery, The Cake Boutique, Debbie’s Cupcake Crazy, Enjoy!, Lil’ Baby Cakes, Mon Amie Bakery, Stephanie’s Sweet Spot, and Sugar Mama’s.

The event will also feature a silent auction, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, and a special cupcake creation station for children.

Tickets are available through professional bakers as well as at Ticket prices are $7 in advance and $10 at door for adults; $4 advance and $5 at the door for children 10 and younger; and free for children 3 and younger.

Friends of Mahoning Valley Birth Center is a local nonprofit organization founded in 2012 that supports women of the Mahoning Valley in having healthy pregnancies and birth experiences, and to support mothers in caring for themselves and their children.