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UC’s library hosts third annual Edible Book Contest


The winning cake for the Most Creative and Most Popular - “Cinderella” by Carolyn Reaves.

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) hosted the third Annual Edible Book Contest on March 31st in Hagan Memorial Library. The contest had seven entries and several winners for different categories. Carrie Byrd, Reference and Instruction Librarian at UC, was the key organizer of the event.

“We want to invite people into the library and to support the community,” Byrd said. “Plus everyone enjoys cake.”

Four cakes were voted winners for the five different categories. Carolyn Reaves won Most Creative and Most Popular for her cake “Cinderella.” Whitney Johnson won Best Non-Cake Entry for her “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Leslie Hensley won Best Overall for her cake “The Secret Garden.” Melissa Pruitt won Best Student Entry for her cake “The Hunger Games.”

The seven entries included cakes themed and designed like famous books. Also featured in the contest was “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Tales of Peter Rabbit,” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

The time and effort Byrd and her other organizers and the contestants put into this event brought many to the library that afternoon. Byrd said for anyone wanting to participate and enter a cake for next year, start thinking of ideas now!

“It was really fun,” said Pruitt. “It just took a long time to make it and I’m really proud of it.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit

Article provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant