Cupcake Cutups

Library squeezes cake decorating event into Art-rageous week

Landon Lefler (left) watches as Lexy Turlukis concentrates on getting her grass just right

Photo by Andy Towle. |

Landon Lefler (left) watches as Lexy Turlukis concentrates on getting her grass just right



Hali Baroncini shows off her finished cupcake and smiley face.

Katie Sanchez, children’s activities coordinator at the Payson Public Library, and Monica Vaughn, cake decorator par excellence, waited patiently, as children slowly trickled in to the all-purpose room at the south end of the building, Thursday, Feb. 21.


Lexy Turlukis steadies her cupcake as she begins her decorating.

The tables were adorned with cupcakes, napkins, icing in squeeze bags and place mats. Children assembled and Vaughn began a demonstration of how to use the bag for squeezing the icing out and onto a cake, a cupcake or whatever other baked item needed decorating.

Never fear, about 25 children made an appearance and watched attentively as Vaughn showed them how to properly apply the icing.

Being close to Easter, Vaughn showed the children how to squeeze grass out of the bag and either make it long or short.

The children were fearless in their attempts to frost the cupcakes. Some made smiles with jelly beans. Some made mountains of grass and topped them off with a jelly bean. Pink was a good color and went well with the green frosting/grass.

Some children liked it so much they wanted to do more than one. And everyone of them had fun.

Several children let their neighbors go first, so they could watch and figure out how to do it from someone else’s attempt.

It was one activity of many during the Art-rageous Art Fair week at the library. Next up is Cat in the Hat Saturday, March 2, to celebrate Dr. Dr. Seuss’ birthday.


Landon Lefler is caught by surprise as he exclaims his dis-approval of an offhand remark by this photographer.


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