Hovered around several tables in the cafeteria of St. Joseph School in Cottleville, more than a dozen fourth-grade girls were carefully squeezing thick lines of white icing along pieces of foam board. Giggles erupted as one snuck a finger’s taste of icing. Another managed to lace some in her hair as she pushed it back to work on her design.
The girls were receiving a lesson in the fine art of cake decorating from professional decorator and baker Melanie Coyne, a woman from the neighborhood. As members of American Heritage Girls, they were working toward earning a badge in cake decorating, one of more than 240 badges that the organization offers.
In 2012, St. Joseph became the first parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to host an American Heritage Girls troop.