Many cooks wait well into their adult years — once they're more seasoned in the culinary arts — before entering a cooking contest. And it's only a handful of those who will win.

But 10-year-old Natalie Hope already has accomplished both. Recently, the Ringgold, Ga., resident put her cupcakes up against 63 other entries in the cupcake contest at She: An Expo for Women, an event sponsored by the Times Free Press. Both professionals and home cooks entered, but Natalie's lemon-filled cupcakes were a clear favorite among celebrity judges Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, co-founders of Georgetown Cupcake and stars of the hit series "D.C. Cupcakes" on TLC.

"If she keeps baking like this, she's got quite a future ahead of her," Berman said after she and her sister made the final decision.

The winning cupcake won for its creativity, design and taste. Natalie's creation was in the form of a soft-boiled egg and served in an actual egg carton. She used cupcake mix for the whites, lemon curd for the yolk and pieces of white chocolate to create the broken shell. Judges all agreed it was both beautiful and tasty.

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