The Cake Classic is a fundraiser for the Logan
County 4-H Foundation. Each year about eight cakes are entered into
the Cake Classic. Bakers will mix and bake their cakes on the
Lincoln Stage at the Fairgrounds starting at noon Sunday. The event
is a blind judging, so the judge of the competition will not be
permitted into the barn until all the cakes are baked and prepared
for display. She or he will then come in and taste each cake and
place the winners.
Last year the cake classic broke a new sales record raising $4,800.
On Friday, McAllister had some tough decisions to make. Though there
were fewer cakes in this year’s competition, all of them were quite
tasty according to the judge. A couple didn’t look as good as the
baker probably wanted them to. McAllister, to a certain degree,
shrugged that off saying that she had made ugly cakes too. She
usually slides them up and leaves them in the kitchen until serving
time, and after all, it still tastes good and in the end that is
McAllister explained her judging style saying that she does three
bites for each entry; one for the frosting, one for the cake, and
one with the two combined. She reminded bakers that they are being
judged not just on the cake but also on its covering. She also
highly recommended doing base or crumb coats before applying the
frosting finish on cakes.
The first category to be judged was German Sweet
Chocolate with only one entry. Karen Sandel was the winner in that
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting had a few more entries, with
the winner of the category being Jaimie Wibben.
Carlene Carter was the single entry in the White
Butter with White Frosting category. She took first place with her
cake, and later she was awarded the Best Overall with the same
When judging the spice cake entries, McAllister noted that she was
not particularly a fan of spice cake. However, as a judge she could
still be objective and impartial because she still discerned between
the two and made her decisions based on certain criteria for a spice
cake. Carlene Carter also won that category.
There were two cakes in the Red Velvet category with
Joyce Conrady taking the first place position with her cake.
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McAllister noted that both cakes entered had domed
tops. She said there were different schools of thought on whether or
not a cake should have a flat top. For herself, she has no objection
to the top being a little rounded as long as it is consistent. She
said for a decorated cake a flat top is more important, but for this
category a round top was perfectly acceptable.
Dana Oltmans was the single entry in the Angel Food
Cakes and took first prize in that category.
There were three very different looking and tasting cakes in the
Chiffon – Any Flavor. McAllister said that she could easily have
gone either way on placing the second and third place cakes and
wished she could have given them both a second place award as they
were equally good. The top cake in the category went to Jeanne
This year there was no Teen Chocolate, so the judging was completed
with the Chiffons.
After the judging, Rebecca Johnson worked to compile the competitor
list for the Cake Classic. At the beginning of the judging, Culinary
Superintendent Janet Estill suggested that because of the low number
of entries, anyone and everyone who submitted a cake might want to
stick around to help work out the Cake Classic entries.
At the end of the day, the winners present for the selections for
Cake Classic included Jeanne Runyon, Dana Oltmans, Joyce Conrady,
Karen Sandel and Carlene Crider.
Karen Sandel will prepare a spice cake for the Cake Classic. Dana
Oltmans will be baking the Angel Food cake. Jeanne Runyon chose the
German Sweet Chocolate and Joyce Conrady will bake a Red Velvet.
Carlene Crider will return with her best of show White Butter Cake
recipe, and Mary Johnson will be doing a Chocolate Cake with
Chocolate Frosting. There will be no teen entry this year at the
Cake Classic, and at noon on Friday there had been no commitment for
a Chiffon. In addition to Runyon, there were two other entries in
the Chiffon category, so hopefully by Sunday, there will be a
Chiffon cake for bidders to buy.
At the end of the judging on Friday, McAllister did pay all the
bakers and candy makers a large compliment, telling them that she
would be happy to come to their homes on any day for desert.
Good luck to the bakers on Sunday, and to the bidders, please
remember, this is a fundraiser for 4-H and every penny bid will be
hugely appreciated by the foundation.