This year's first place winner was Jacob Runyon. Runyon was given
a choice between several selections of a new stove. The stove was
purchased through contributions made from various "friends of the
Today, and for some years, all the funds raised from the auction go
to Logan County's 4-H for programming throughout the year. This year
auctioneer Mike Maske helped the 4-H raise $3,975 from eight winning
A special guest was also present on Sunday. Sitting at the hostess
table was the first place winner of the first Cake Classic, Marilyn
Marilyn recalled for Lincoln Daily News that when she won, it was
only the second cake she had ever baked. It was a chiffon.
And if you are
wondering, no, she never entered again. So, you might say Marilyn
won every cake contest she ever entered. But the real reason she
didn't enter again, the next year anyway, she said the original
rules did not allow someone to enter for a certain number of years
Over the years it has been a common refrain from many of the
contestants that the cake they made that day was just their first or
second cake they ever baked.
Whether it is the lack of past failure that makes some so bold as to
try something that could go so wrong; the desire to boast the title
"Best Cake Baker" or today, interest in raising funds that go to
4-H, a wholesome group that teaches kids skills, sportsmanship and
confidence; congratulations are well in order to all - for baking a
good cake is work and can be a delicate matter.
Cakes are judged on set criteria and in accordance to desired
characteristics for the type of cake that it is. A good cake
requires more than putting the right ingredients in correct amounts.
A cake can easily flop if ingredients aren't mixed in the right
order employing the correct mechanical techniques.
By way of an example, a cake that calls for stiffly beaten egg
whites - whites will not beat up if yolk gets in while separating,
whites and utensils need to be cold without a tad of grease, and
then beaten whites must be carefully folded into other ingredients
so as not to crush the air built into them.
Things can go wrong in all types of cakes - if the batter is under
beaten, humidity affects some cakes, improper type flour, over done,
under done; slamming oven doors can flatten a cake flat as a pancake
-- not a pretty sight and somehow confuses taste buds too.
But if you know any of the following past 50 years of winners, you
might ask them if they will share their secrets.
50 years of winners -
Year - Baker - Home town - Cake - Price
- 1964 Marilyn Klokkenga Atlanta Chiffon $25
- 1965 Marjorie Reiners Emden Spice $25
- 1966 Leona Apel Lincoln Spice $32.50
- 1967 Dorothy Behrend Hartsburg Angel Food $27.50
- 1968 Ruth Ellen Wurth Hartsburg German Chocolate $40.
- 1969 Fran Lessen Hartsburg German Chocolate $60.
- 1970 Emma Lou Knauer Lincoln Banana Chiffon$100.
- 1971 Beulah Lechleiter Lincoln Chiffon $45.
- 1972 Susan Lessen Hartsburg Red Velvet $105.
- 1973 Eileen Bogar Armington White Butter $110.
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Year - Baker - Home town - Cake - Price
- 1974 Shirley Britt Mount Pulaski White Butter $110.
- 1975 Mary Ann Reed Emden Chocolate $130.
- 1976 Shirley Britt Mount Pulaski (Angus Farmer) Chocolate
- 1977 Eileen Bogar Armington Chiffon $150.
- 1978 Jill Bogar (15 years old) Armington Lovelight Chocolate
- 1979 Nancy Shanle Mount Pulaski Spice $175.
- 1980 Betty Litwiller Armington Waldorf Astoria $200
- 1981 Faye Adams Middletown Chiffon $330.
- 1982 Mary Duitscher Lincoln Red Velvet $320.
- 1983 Norma Bath Hartsburg Spice $300.
Chan Fuller Auctioneer
Year - Baker - Home town -
Cake - Price
- 1984 Wayne Buse Chestnut White Butter $410.
- 1985 Betty Deverman Beason Red Velvet $310.
- 1986 Mina Bradburn Lincoln Chocolate $350.
- 1987 Florence Klockenga Lincoln Angel Food $400
- 1988 Darren Roach Lincoln White $350.
- 1989 Betty Green Washington Spice $400.
- 1990 Diane Hinch Hartsburg Spice $300.
- 1991 Gail O'Donough Lincoln Chiffon $325.
- 1992 Sheila Bradburn Lincoln Chocolate $300.
- 1993 Janet Zoelzer Decatur Chocolate $475.
Fuller and Mike Maske - Auctioneers
Baker - Home town - Cake - Price
- 1994 Annie McLaughlin Atlanta Red Velvet $475
- 1995 Janet Dahmm Lincoln Angel Food $500.
- 1996 Jeanne Runyon Peoria Chocolate $575.
Mike Maske - Auctioneer
Year - Baker -
Home town - Cake - Price - Buyer
- 1997 Christina Esposito Bloomington Spice $625.
- 1998Abrigail Sasse Beason Teen Chocolate $500.
- 1999 Jena Read Lincoln Angel Food $530.
- 2000 Stephen R. Wurth Hartsburg German Chocolate
$500 Culler's French Fries.
- 2001 Lisa Barr Chestnut Chocolate $500.
- 2002 Cherie Rankin Emden Red Velvet $500
Culler's French Fries.
- 2003 Jack Buckley Chestnut Chocolate $550
- 2004 Steve Wurth German Chocolate $500.
- 2005 Lisa K. Barr-Jacobs, White Butter $650
- 2006 Teri Rich -- German Chocolate $600
- 2007 Jack Buckley Chestnut Chiffon $650
- 2008 Joan Dahmm Beason.
- 2009 Mary Rankin Red Velvet $800 Culler's.
- 2010 David Carter Lincoln Angel Food $1,000
- 2011 Elizabeth Carter Lincoln Spice $750
- 2012 Joan Dahmm Beason German Sweet Choclate
- 2013 Carlene Carter Lincoln Spice $700 Culler's.
- 2014 Jacob Runyon East Peoria $1,100 Culler's.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]