Weatherford ISD’s Austin Elementary School won $500 from Back Home Bakery’s second annual cupcake eating contest on Friday afternoon.
Seven representatives from WISD schools and Weatherford College came together to see who could finish six cupcakes the fastest. Austin Elementary special education teacher John Caldwell beat out other contestants by finishing his cakes in one minute and 49 seconds.
Last year, Hall Middle School teacher and coach John Jester won the contest.
“Last year, we were able to donate $500. That donation was matched by The Kramer Family Foundation on North Texas Giving Day, and a total of $1,000 was donated to WISD,” Back Home Bakery Owner Erin Thiem said in a press release.
To prepare for the challenge, Caldwell said he built his strategy from the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
“Anything I can do that I can give back to our school, to our kids, I’m all for it, and I love that we have a community out here that can do that, too,” Caldwell said.
The contest is also in recognition of National Bakery Day, which is recognized by the Retail Bakers of America and celebrates local bakeries.
“Bakeries all around are fixtures in their communities,” Back Home Bakery Co-owner Jamie Mittendorf said in a press release. “Back Home Bakery is proud to be a part of the Weatherford community. We are here for special events like birthdays, weddings, holidays and baptisms. We are here for everyday events like after school snacks, lunches with a friend and lazy Saturday strolls down Main Street. We are asked to donate the very items we make our living on, and we do. We are here for you.”