• FORT BRAGG, N.C." A judge evaluates a cake during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C." A judge evaluates a cake during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. " Brandy Lucas, an Army spouse and owner of My Hero's Bakery, makes the final touches to her cake during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center Auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. "It's great to see everyone's own unique creativity because we all had the same instruction to make a cake that represents patriotism and being 'Army Strong!'" said Lucas who place second in the competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. " Brandy Lucas, an Army spouse and owner of My Hero's Bakery, makes the final touches to her cake during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. " Kimberly Roy, an Army spouse, touches up her cake during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center Auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. " Kimberly Roy, an Army spouse, touches up her cake during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center Auditorium. The competition was designed to help...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C." Natasha McDonald, an Army spouse and owner of Kakes by McTasha, was the first place winner for the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. "It's a pretty awesome feeling," McDonald said about winning. "I wanted to do something that showed that I'm proud of what my husband does, and that he is proud of what he does in the Army." (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C." Natasha McDonald, an Army spouse and owner of Kakes by McTasha, was the first place winner for the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C." Competitors of the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition along with Soldiers, veterans and members of Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium to participate in the competition June 12. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C." Competitors of the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition along with Soldiers, veterans and members of Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium to...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C." Competitors of the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition along with Soldiers, veterans and members of Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium to participate in the competition June 12. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C." Competitors of the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition along with Soldiers, veterans and members of Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium to...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C." Natasha McDonald, an Army spouse and owner of Kakes by McTasha, was the first place winner for the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. "It's a pretty awesome feeling," McDonald said about winning. "I wanted to do something that showed that I'm proud of what my husband does, and that he is proud of what he does in the Army." (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C." Natasha McDonald, an Army spouse and owner of Kakes by McTasha, was the first place winner for the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C." Col. Steven J. Smith, the XVIII Airborne Corps Chief of Staff, judges one of the cakes during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. "We want people to know it's the Army's birthday, and that it's something to celebrate and be proud of," said Smith. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C." Col. Steven J. Smith, the XVIII Airborne Corps Chief of Staff, judges one of the cakes during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C." Gilbert Baez, a reporter with WTVD ABC 11 and the master of ceremonies, speaks with Nubia Davis, an Army Spouse and pastry chef at I-95 Holiday Inn, about her entry during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held yesterday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldier's past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

    Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    FORT BRAGG, N.C." Gilbert Baez, a reporter with WTVD ABC 11 and the master of ceremonies, speaks with Nubia Davis, an Army Spouse and pastry chef at I-95 Holiday Inn, about her entry during the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition held...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Every year that passes brings yet another birthday for people to celebrate. At the center of that celebration, normally lays the most important part -- the cake.

Eight competitors of the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition along with Soldiers, Veterans and members of Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered Tuesday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday.

"We want people to know it's the Army's birthday, and that it's something to celebrate and be proud of," said Col. Steven J. Smith, the XVIII Airborne Corps Chief of Staff and one of the contest's judges.

The competition was designed to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday on June 14 as well as to thank Soldiers past and present for their service and sacrifice to our country, Smith said.

"This was a great way to combine our Army pride and our love of baking," said Army spouse Clare Larpenteur.

The baker who managed to represent the Army's birthday the best and took home first place was Natasha McDonald, an Army spouse and owner of Kakes by McTasha.

"It's a pretty awesome feeling," McDonald said about winning. "I wanted to do something that showed that I'm proud of what my husband does, and that he is proud of what he does in the Army."

Throughout the event, competitors also enjoyed seeing how the other entrants chose to interpret the theme.

"It's great to see everyone's own unique creativity because we all had the same instruction to make a cake that represents patriotism and being 'Army Strong!'" said Brandy Lucas, an Army Spouse and owner of My Hero's Bakery.

One of the unique creations that caught a lot of peoples' eye was a three tier different color beret cake by Nubia Davis, an Army Spouse and pastry chef at I-95 Holiday Inn.

"The berets are unique because they help show what unit the Soldier's come from," Davis said. "For instance, my husband wears a green beret because he is Special Forces, but Soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division wear maroon berets because they are airborne."

Another highlight of the event turned out to be the location itself.

"It's great we had it here at the VA medical center because it gave us Soldiers a chance to connect with our veterans," said Lt. Col. Angela L. Funaro, the deputy public affairs officer for XVIII Airborne Corps. "This is as much the veterans birthday as it is the active duty Soldiers birthday."

All in all, the event was full of laughter and delicious cake helping to bring a community together to celebrate the Army's 237th birthday.

1st Place Natasha McDonald, Kakes by McTasha
2nd Place Brandy Lucas, My Hero's Bakery
3rd Place Kimberly Roy

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