When Abbey Testin, a 17-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador, was searching for design inspiration for a recent cake contest, she didn’t have to look very far.
Abbey, who’s been a Girl Scout since she was a Daisy, created a cake in honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts and earned first place at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state conference in the fondant cake category last month.
“I was really, really excited when I found out I’d won,” Abbey said. “I was so excited because I worked really hard on the cake and really wanted to win. There were a lot of great cakes at the competition.”
For the design, Abbey wanted to combine the Girl Scout camp experience with the iconic Girl Scout Cookies. She included a Girl Scout sash with excerpts from the Girl Scout Law. The students were judged on the cake’s overall appearance, creativity, their uniform and piping technique.
“I remembered the 100th anniversary was in 2012 and I just really love Girl Scouts and I needed a really good theme I could expand on,” she said. “I’ve always really liked dessert. I started baking because you can make things cheaper than you can buy them. I like making my own things and trying my own recipes.”
In addition to Food Network shows, such as Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes, Abbey draws inspiration from Pinterest.
“I like to take ideas from 10 different cakes and combine them all into one cake and make it,” said Abbey, who sells cakes to family members and friends.
In college, Abbey has plans to study family consumer sciences so she can one day become a teacher.
“But I’ll probably continue baking on the side,” she said.