CORONADO, Calif. – Sailors competed in the second annual Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1) Diversity Committee baking competition Sept. 3.
A five-dollar entry fee gave crewmembers sampling and judging privileges at the event titled “Surf Rider Bake Off.”
“We have a lot of success with Bake Off,” said Yeoman 1ST Class Maria Warren. “That is until all the sugar hits everyone!”
This year’s event featured an assortment of sugary sweets such as peanut butter cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, tres leches cupcakes topped with strawberries, flan, German chocolate cake and brownies.
“I entered my mother-in-law’s recipe this year,” said Quartermaster 1st Class Tara Morgan who baked the German chocolate cake. “Her recipes will always be better than mine though.”
The competition also featured a desert from Culinary Specialist Seaman Alexis Arreola. She did not feel that her job as a culinary specialist gave her the edge over her competition.
“I love to bake much more than traditional cooking,” said Arreola who entered tres-leches cupcakes. “It is much harder to bake than cook so I don’t think I have an advantage.”
Bake Off is one of several competitions used to stir morale and at ACU-1 as well as bring attention to the array of diverse backgrounds at the command. These events also help raise money, which the Diversity Committee uses for guest speakers, entertainment, and food for the crew during presentations. Bake Off has been the biggest draw thus far and the Diversity Committee plans to bring more competitions to ACU-1.
“We’re looking at a Hispanic themed competition,” said Morgan, who serves as president of the Diversity Committee. “There are talks about having a bacon themed competition for the future. It should do well. Everyone likes bacon.”
ACU-1 continues to conduct missions in support of maritime security operations. These operations include anti-piracy, search and seizures, drug interdiction, oil platform defense, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. ACU-1 also supports numerous training exercises with combat units stationed aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.