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Local Charities Benefit From Friendly Rivalry

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Local Charities Benefit From Friendly Rivalry

Youngsville, LA What started out as a friendly challenge between the owners of “Piece of Cake, Morgan Cerone Reed and Sweet Envie, Jermela “Mel” Haynes grew into the inaugural King Cake Bread Pudding Bakeoff.  Shortly after the challenge began, ten other local bakeries threw their hats into the ring.  Reed and Haynes saw this as an opportunity to raise money for local charities and they did not let the opportunity pass them by.  In only a few weeks’ time, Reed and Haynes organized the competition that took on a life of its own and quickly grew beyond their wildest expectations. 

On Sunday, February 5, 2023 the inaugural King Cake Bread Pudding Bakeoff hosted 12 participants and over 600 attendees who purchased tickets to sample a buffet of king cake bread pudding. There, winners were chosen by judges and also attendees. 

Proceeds from the bakeoff were divided among the 12 participants and given to local charities of the participant’s choice.  One of the local bakeries that participated, Watch Me Whip, Owner, Stephanie Thibodeaux, who won 2nd Place in the competition, is pictured below delivering her $200 winnings to Nicole Flores, Executive Director of Families Helping Families of Acadiana. 

Families Helping Families of Acadiana is the charity Watch Me Whip competed for in the bake off.  “I know first-hand all the good Families Helping Families has done in this area!  It was my pleasure to compete on their behalf in the first ever King Cake Bread Pudding Bake Off!  I look forward to competing for them next year and brining home another win,” said Thibodeaux!!!

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