For a top winner in the Logan County Fair’s open class home products competition, her son might be a little disappointed in her reserve grand champion cake title, she said with a grin Tuesday.
HOME PAGE SLIDESHOW PHOTO: Grand and reserve winners of the Logan County Fair open class home products competition Tuesday for candies, cakes and cookies included, from the left, Tina Trout, Coleen Hogue and Karen Wisse. ABOVE: Barb McKeen of West Liberty was the grand champion bread winner for her coffee cake entry in the open class home products competition Tuesday. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)
Coleen Hogue of Bellefontaine said her award-winning cake, a German chocolate, is her son Gary’s favorite. His birthday just happens to be this Saturday, but the cake will be auctioned to the highest bidder Wednesday evening at the fair’s baked goods auction.
“He didn’t want me to win because he wanted that as his birthday cake,” she said. “I guess I’m just going to have to make him another German chocolate cake.”
Ms. Hogue noted that this same recipe has earned her first place finishes before at the fair. Judge Ken Green of the Rock ‘n Robin Diner in Urbana called the cake “nearly flawless.”
However, Ms. Hogue said she “isn’t a cake baker” and this was her only entry in the cake competition. She prefers making pies, and received grand champion honors last year for a chocolate pie and in previous years for a lemon pie.
The grand champion cake title was awarded to fellow city resident Sheila Campbell for her banana layer cake entry that was topped with fresh strawberries. Mr. Green said the moisture of the cake was consistent throughout, and when tasting the cake, “you instantly want more,” he noted.
Cookie, candy and bread judge Jenifer Ignarski, an Indian Lake Schools employee, was equally impressed with a chocolate chip cookie entry by Victoria Geib of Bellefontaine that was named the grand champion winner.
“It was the best,” she said. “I could tell right away when I opened the baggie; it smelled delicious. The texture was spot-on, too.”
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