Young friends share their experiences at a national baking competition | Northeast Kansas
Longtime friends with ties to Atchison, Amora Regan and Celine Healy recently showcased their baking skills to national spotlight on the Disney Channel, and agree their shared experience was as if their dreams had come true.
Amora and Celine are two 12-year-olds who have known each other and attended school together since they were in first grade, until Regan recently moved to the Kansas City area. They are in seventh year. Céline attends Atchison High School.
The girls joined forces when they made their debut as Sweet Tweens, one of three baking teams to appear on September 10 in the “Lion King” themed episode airing on the Disney Channel. They won the first challenge, which involved making spots in batter to resemble those of a wild animal like a leopard or a hyena. The famous judges looked impressed after cutting the baked cake and seeing how well defined the spots were. The judges also commented as they watched Amara zest several lemons and then after tasting they complimented the Sweet Tweens teammates on their savory cake enhanced with lemon zest and fresh raspberry.
Celine crafted a white chocolate crown adorned with faux edible pearls to top off their decorated layer cake that resembled the iconic sunset scene from The Lion King animated film. The cake also featured fondant animals that Celine made from a mold. However, there was some overspray when they used an airbrush application which gave one of their opposing teams the edge and honor to win the contest overall.
The two girls say they started cooking when they were very little.
“I have been baking since I was very little with my mom and my Nanna,” Amora said. “They always baked and cooked, especially during the holidays, so it’s something I’ve always loved to help.”
Amora admitted that her pastry skills were something that always felt natural to her.
Céline shares a similar story. “I’ve been baking since I was little,” Celine said. “I was cooking with my Aunt Debbie and Grandma B all the time.”
Although friends for many years, Amora and Celine agreed that they had only been cooking together for about two years and that it started as a sleepover activity. It’s been about two years since they started cooking together as a sleepover activity after Amora had a brain tumor.
Celine came to Amora for a slumber party and her mother would challenge girls like the ones they watched on baking shows, Amora recalls. “We would have so much fun,” Amora said.
“Her mom once challenged us on decorating cupcakes,” Celine said. “But her mom couldn’t pick a winner, so she said we both won! “
Their journey from baking contests to sleepovers in the Midwest began after Amora’s bakery Instagram page caught the attention of the Disney Magic Bake-Off cast team.
“From there, when they said it was a show that used teams and I could choose a partner, I immediately knew I wanted to partner with Celine,” Amora said. “The steps to go from (the) audition to the competition were pretty intense, but I was motivated to prove what I could do. I always dreamed of being on a baking show, so I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity.
Sweet Tweens teammates then met with the show’s culinary team for an assessment of their baking skill levels to ensure that all of the competing teams competing were at the same threshold level, according to documents from Disney press. The episode first aired on September 10 was filmed in May in Burbank, California.
While recording the show at first, the show was a bit nerve-wracking, Celine said, but after getting used to the camera, she and Amora realized they didn’t need the camera. ‘be afraid because there was nothing to fear. of.
Amora said that to get over her nervousness, she just took deep breaths and told herself to “keep going.”
“It was a great experience and a unique opportunity and I would definitely do it again,” said Amora.
Celine shared Amora’s sentiment. “The experience was so much fun and a chance of a lifetime,” she said.
Celine said that she and Amora have their own bakery businesses, Celine’s Delectable Desserts and Sweet Treats, respectively. When girls have sleepovers, they try out new recipes, Celine said, and her plans are to continue cooking with Amore and have a lot more sleepovers.
It wasn’t until the past two years that Amora had her brain tumor that Celine and another friend fundraised for a cookie in a jar to raise money for Amora’s family. . Prior to that date, Celine said she had only been planning fundraisers with her church to raise funds for the camp. This year Celine sponsored two bakery fundraisers for the Humane Society of Atchison.
Amora and Celine teamed up in 2020 to raise funds for a child Amora met while hospitalized in Kansas City.
Amora explained that she had not been involved in any food sales before her tumor.
“I met a little girl in the hospital who suffered from cancer when she was only a few years old,” Amora said. “I thought Celine’s bake sale for me was so nice that I asked her if she wanted to work with me to make a sale for my boyfriend in the hospital. What she did and after the success of this Sweet Treats sale my bakery business was established. “
Returning to face-to-face classes at the school makes the reunion as difficult as it used to be, Amora said. But girls still love spending their time together baking and even more so at TikTocs.