Woodstock woman hopes to cash in on cupcake

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Jul. 25, 2011
Ronn and Lisa with their children Matthew, Thomas and Catie. Eighteen-year-old Alex is not shown. - Contributed Photo

Lisa Schrader decorated her first cake when her daughter Catie turned 2 years old. It looked like a Barbie doll wearing a really big dress.
“Catie absolutely loved it,” Schrader said. “And I loved making it. I was hooked.”

That was eight years ago. Since then Schrader has been decorating cakes and cupcakes as a hobby. Four months ago she entered the Jelly Belly cupcake contest and is now in the running for a $10,000 grand prize, should her creation win.

The Jelly Belly contest started in November, and Schrader entered it in March. Just last week Schrader learned that her cupcake was one of the top five cupcakes selected for a final judging contest. If she receives enough votes, she could win the grand prize of $10,000.

The entire Schrader clan is thrilled.

The creation that could bring a small fortune her way was inspired by her own kids. She calls it “Bubble Trouble,” and it recreates a scene that was oft repeated in her own home. It shows one of her 'kids' in an bathtub overflowing with water and soap bubbles.

“One of the first things that came to mind when I saw the contest was that the coconut jelly beans look like bath bubbles,” she said. It took her 20 minutes to decorate the cupcake. She put a cupcake on a clear cake plate and spread blue frosting on it, spilling some over onto the cake plate. She used coconut Jelly Belly jellybeans on top of the 'water' for soap bubbles. She used sticks of gum for towels, snipping the ends to make it look like fringe. A rubber duck made out of an orange sherbet Jelly Belly bean floats on the water. Its beak is made out of a top banana Jelly Belly bean.

Schrader and four other finalists were chosen based on creativity, originality, overall appeal and the use of Jelly Belly beans. All finalists were chosen by a panel of judges that included Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, cupcake artists in their own right. The public can vote on their favorite entry at www.JBCupcakeChallenge.com. Voting ends on July 31, 2011.

Schrader would love nothing more than to win. “We've talked about it,” she said. “We're crossing our fingers. If we win we'll take a family vacation to the Southeast where our family is from.” She'll know for sure by August 12.

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