Lovely cakes take the prizes at 4-H benefit Over 150 creations are auctioned

August 05, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

The longer the young bakers walked the runway showing off their items, the higher the prices went and the more the youngsters beamed at the annual 4-H cake auction last night.

More than 150 items were auctioned last night. The money went to benefit the 4-H and FFA Fair at the Carroll County Ag Center.

At press time, the highest price -- $1,000 -- was paid jointly by Bohn Pontiac and Liquid Gro chemicals for Marjorie Armacost's gingerbread. Bidding started at $500.

The 12-year-old's project received the grand champion's ribbon among all the baked items that were judged.

"I'm surprised," Marjorie said of the grand champion award. "When it [her gingerbread] had been in baking for 10 minutes, I was reading the recipe and realized I forgot to grease and flour the pan.

"So I took it out and my dad helped me wash the pan. We floured and greased it and stuck it back in the oven."

Marjorie is the grand-daughter of Carroll County Commissioner Donald I. Dell.

Some baked goods, ranging from pies to coffee cakes to brightly decorated cakes, were sold again to benefit the Kimberly Baile scholarship fund after final bidders said they wanted their bid money to go to the fund and returned the baked goods to the auction block.

Kimberly, an avid 4-Her, died in a car accident two years ago. Her family established the scholarship fund in her memory.

One item, a cheese bread loaf baked by Kimberly's sister Jamie, was auctioned eight times to benefit the scholarship fund.

The bread eventually went home with Beverly Abbott, the girls' aunt. A total of $1,072.50 was raised for the fund from that item.

Grand champion honors in the tier cakes category went to Michelle Zepp for a sheet cake with a teapot and cups on it. The teapot and cups were made from cake balls, and the saucer and handles were made from sugar cookies.

Although Michelle's entry was not a traditional tier cake, judges placed it in that category, said Judge Doris Jenkins.

"It can compete as a tier-type cake," she said.

Michelle said the idea for her project, which she worked on Tuesday while baking other entries, came from a magazine photo.

"I had never seen one before at an anniversary party or anywhere," she said. "It was different."

Kelly Kreamer, 16, added a grand champion ribbon in the decorated cakes category and a reserve grand champion prize for tier cakes to her stack of baked goods awards yesterday.

Her grand champion decorated cake was a sheet cake with a garden scene. The tier cake was a three-layer wedding cake.

"I love cake decorating," Kelly said. "My grandmother [Viola Haines] bakes cakes professionally, so I've been watching her since I was little. She shows me what to do."

The prize for reserve grand champion in the baked item category went to Cheryl Owings for her whole wheat bread.

John Bollinger won the grand champion ribbon for special needs baking. Jeremy Withnell won the reserve grand champion prize for special needs baking.

Special needs baking involves substituting or omitting ingredients for family members who can't eat certain foods.

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