Bees, ladybugs, bunnies and other critters captured the Backyard Buddies theme for the North Carolina Aquarium’s Cakes for Conservation contest Tuesday. A total of 45 creative confections competed for prizes in the annual event hosted in honor of Earth Day. Students in a culinary class at Northside High School in Jacksonville crafted most of the confections, and won all the prizes.
In the junior amateur division, Nathalie Maranon took first place with a cake topped by a confederation of bees, butterflies, ladybugs, a bluebird, worms and a caterpillar. Second place went to Brianna Daley for her colorful coral snake coiled in the grass. Deaja Tucker put together cupcakes and cookie wafers to create a clever owl. Hunter Halford won an honorable mention for a sweet bunny with a basket of eggs.
Sara Kroshus, also a Northside student, competed in and won the professional category for her cake themed Down by the Lake. It depicted a frog lounging on a lily pad, with ladybugs and butterflies on a tree stump.
Displays on how to make small changes that make a big difference for the environment are featured through Saturday at the Aquarium in honor of Earth Day.