Smith-Cotton High School Creative Foods students recently competed in Cupcake Wars. This group, FACS teacher Elizabeth Shaffer's second hour class, had to use hot cocoa powder and peppermint in their Christmas-themed creations.

The student teams had to create an original cupcake recipe, build a display platform then decorate their cupcakes.

In the photos: Display: The Cupcake Wars team of, from left, Andie Comfort, Hope Friend, Annie Stover, Anastasia Chernova and Mallory Hoehns place completed cupcakes on their decorated display boxes before the judging begins.

Snowmen: Gage Harris uses pretzel sticks to create marshmallow snowman decorations for his team's cupcakes.

2Team: The two-person team of Sophie Martin, left, and Cameron Finley place cupcakes on their Christmas tree display stand.

Trio: Students had to provide one cupcake for each of the three judges, then have at least a dozen others for their display.