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And the winner is … Ivy Tech Northeast’s Edible Book Festival provides a slice of tasteful literature

Daniela Arrington's "Ten Little Ladybugs" entry into Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday took first place. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Melinda Allen's "Unicorns" entry into Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday celebrated the mythical animal with a cake, cupcakes and macaroons. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Melinda Allen's entry into the 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday celebrated the mythical animal with a cake, cupcakes and these macaroons and chocolate-covered pretzels. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Melinda Allen's "mane" attraction in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday was this cake that had different flavored layers inside. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Half Price Books entered "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday . (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Patricia Jones' cake in the Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday was inspired by "Butterfly Kisses." She used wafer paper and candy for the butterflies. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast's TRIO program staff entered a three-legged cat cake into the library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday . (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
"I Spy Spectacular: A Book of Picture Riddles" inspired these colorful creations in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Melinda Allen's "Unicorns" entry into Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday celebrated the mythical animal with a cake, cupcakes and macaroons. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Nora Trittipo rendered the "Little Owl's Night" book cover in cake form for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Ann Spinney's "The Tale of Benjamin Yummy" used a pun for the Beatrix Potter book in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Nicole Winans' zucchini nut bread-based "Digg'n in to a Good Book" entry in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday was based on the book "Holes." (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Teresa Rust, aka The Gypsy Face Painter, creates a lizard design on Max Russ, 9, at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Carol Gibbs used tortilla "books" as part of her entry for "Read the Book, Lemmings" in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Sophie Isch serves up her Best Tasting "The Secret Garden" cake at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Librarian Ward Price doles out a nugget to reflect the book "Feathers for Lunch" at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Courtney Brewer slices into her "Tangled"-inspired cake at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
After the initial judging at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday contestants served their creations so voters could next choose Best Tasting. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Liz Metz hands out a Pokemon cookie at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Carol Gibbs hands out wraps as part of her entry for "Read the Book, Lemmings" in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast library's 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Second-year Ivy Tech Community College Northeast culinary arts student Sophie Isch knows the secret to winning: chocolate and raspberry.

Isch’s “The Secret Garden” cake in the college’s library’s 12th annual Edible Book Festival on Monday at the North Campus won the new award for Best Tasting as well as third place in the public voting.

Isch’s raspberry buttercream between layers of deep chocolate under a white blanket of fondant paid homage to the Frances Hodgson Burnett children book.

Each of the 21 festival entries from student, staff and community members had to reflect a book. The event was free and open to the public and anyone who wanted to enter. Each dish had to be based on a book or pun of a book title.

Melinda Allen showed her longtime love of unicorns – and using unusual flavors – in her cake, coconut macaroons filled with buttercream and colorful cupcakes with candy for the horns. Allen, who decorates cakes at Walmart, has entered her creations since 2011. Her entry, based on “The Wonder of Unicorns Game,” also included “puppy chow” of pink chocolate drizzled over pretzels.

Only during the cutting after taking second place did Allen reveal the rainbow of layers inside her white frosted unicorn head cake with a colorful mane. The cake layers tasted of strawberry-lemon, peach bellini, lemon-basil, orange creamsicle, grape-vanilla, and creme de menthe. The cupcakes with a uniform face on them were swirled with all the flavors.

Like her third-place “Vintage Camper Trailers” entry from last year, hardly a crumb was left on her unicorn tableclothed table.

First place went to Daniela Arrington for her “Ten Little Ladybugs” cake. Her yellow cake had all sorts of plump, colorful bugs walking on a green plant.

The Ivy Award, a sort of honorable mention, went to staff member Carrie Ann Scheiber, who works with the college’s TRIO program for first-generation students. Her department was excited to find the book “TRIO, the tale of a three-legged cat.”

“We have to do this; we’re the TRIO program,” she said they decided.

The entry resulted in a sprawled kitty cake next to a “litterbox” with Tootsie Rolls in crushed Golden Oreos.

Organizer and librarian Ellie Puckett was happy to see Half-Priced Books enter for the first time this year. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” topped the staff’s cake. The festival gives businesses a chance to advertise while promoting literacy, she said. The Best Tasting category was added from comments given at last year’s festival, she said.

“Not only do you make it pretty, but also tasty,” she said.

Some put in a little more effort than others. Librarian Ward Price served up KFC wings and nuggets to represent the book, “Feathers for Lunch,” which required a little more work than another entry: Stephen Hawking’s “The Universe in a Nutshell,” represented by a bowl of nuts.

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