Anyone who is lives near Hershey PA has heard about Chocolatefest. It is an event centered guessed it, Chocolate! Students and Professionals have the opportunity to enter a cake into the competition. This year I was able to enter a cake into the student competition, so I made the time to do just that. It took me days to complete my cake and I grant you I was ambitious and my
finished product was not exactly what I had in mind but I was still proud of it! 

  Every year Chocolatefest has a theme. Two years ago the theme was Jamaica, this year the theme was Winter Wonderland. So I got to thinking about what I wanted to do. First was to plan the flavor of the cake. So the first thing that came to mind was Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. I made an experimental cake and to my dissapointment I could barely taste the mocha. After that I changed my flavor to a Peppermint Hot Chocolate cake. I used Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Cake recipe (can be found online) and added some peppermint extract. The cake tasted phenomenal!
Next step was the design of my cake. When you think winter what do you think of?? I think of snow, skiing, penguins, polar bears etc. So I came up with a Penguin Playground for my cake. One of my elements that I didn't get to make was a gum paste slide for the penguins. But overall I was very happy with my finished cake.

Below are just some of the other cakes that were at Chocolatefest 2013. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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