Bell takes the cake

After sampling more than 50 different cakes Tuesday, judge Andrea Jacobs managed to whittle the field down to Theresa Bell’s coconut layer cake, bestowing best of show on the surprised baker.


So many cakes — Andrea Jacobs makes her way through the 14 finalists for the top spot in the cake competition Tuesday at the Logan County Fair. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | SUE PITTS)

“I won?” Ms. Bell exclaimed. “Out of all these cakes? I can’t believe I won.”

Mrs. Jacobs commented on the overall quality of several cakes, adding some could be sold in restaurants.

Kylie Croston was awarded the reserve spot for her white layer cake. Ms. Croston took reserve last year for a chocolate version.

In the quick breads division, Mrs. Jacobs gave the grand champion ribbon to Sam Johnson, a longtime fair entrant and frequent ribbon winner, for his golden dinner rolls. He alluded to the humidity as a possible contributing factor for keeping the rolls moist.

Reserve in the quick bread category went to Carolyn Brill of Bellefontaine, for her pumpkin bread.

Cookies and candies were judged by Sandy Musser and Dale Gildow of Whitmore House, who gave best of show in the cookie category to what they called one of the most basic, “nothing to it” cookies — Snickerdoodles, baked by Mandy Noriega of Bellefontaine.

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Kylie Croston, left,  and Theresa Bell won reserve and best of show honors, respectively, for their cake entries Tuesday at the Logan County Fair.

Ms. Noriega, a past entrant who returned this year after a three-year hiatus from fair competition, came back a winner. Her secret, she said, is no lack of cinnamon. “I’m not afraid of cinnamon. Its one of my favorite flavors, so warm.”

“We work so hard to try and reinvent the cookie, but this is one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten,” Ms. Musser said.

The reserve ribbon went to Tina Trout of Huntsville for her chocolate chip variety. Her trick was to make a large batch and pick out the most uniform — And to take them out a minute early to avoid a dark bottom.

Joan Skidmore of Belle Center took grand champion honors for maple fudge, a first-time effort for the past winner who was a little surprised. “I thought it was a little too soft, but...”

Reserve went to Karen Wisse of Bellefontaine for her toffee. Entering year after year, the difference this year was, she said, a new thermometer.