LIMA — Lima Senior High School junior Amanda Daglio was busy working on a cake recently for a school competition.
Cake is cake, right? Not to Daglio.
The layer cake was decorated with tiny piped icing stars and artistic swaths of chocolate. The icing is time consuming.
“After a while, if you don’t take your time, it’ll get sloppy,” Daglio said.
The chocolate was a late addition.
“Today, I was like, ‘I need something in the midde,’” she said, explaining she wanted the cake to have height and drama.
The sheets of chocolate with jagged edges worked — but she wasn’t completely pleased. She planned to create more artful swirls of chocolate to try instead.
Daglio is in her first year in the culinary program at Lima Senior, but food has been an interest for years.
“Ever since I was in fifth grade, I’d always help my mom and stepdad cook,” she said. “Ever since I was little, I’d always want to cook and bake.”
She’s enjoying the classes and all the hands-on experience. At Christmas, the students held a bake sale and she baked more than 50 pumpkin rolls to sell. Eventually, she’s like to open her own bakery or restaurant.
“Baking’s fun. It’s fun to do, and I’m good at it,” she said, flashing a quick smile. “I can make it my own.”
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