Tag: Great Cake Contest

Tropical Coconut Cake Recipe

This Tropical Coconut Cake recipe makes a tender, rich cake you are going to absolutely love. Coconut cream goes into both the cake batter and the frosting. This enhances the texture as well as the flavor.

Slice of Tropical Coconut Cake, Minnesota State Fair Winner

Katie Knott won the King Arthur Great Cake Contest at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair with this recipe. She won first place and big-time bragging rights. Her cake was picked from dozens of competing cakes.

We think you will swoon over this cake’s scrumptiousness. Pro-tip here: a good coconut extract adds to the aroma and  flavor, which contest judges closely evaluate. Crushed pineapple in the batter gives the cake a tropical theme and adds extra moisture too.

As always, we test the recipes before sharing them with you all. Our test runs turned out terrific! We love the look and taste of toasted coconut. It gives the cake a mouth-watering look, especially for coconut lovers, which we absolutely are.

This is such a tasty cake. One mouthful and you’ll know why it’s a blue ribbon winning recipe.

Make this Tropical Coconut Cake recipe soon, and then stay tuned! We’ll be sharing the winning coconut cake from the 2021 Blue Ribbon Baking Contest at the Minnesota State Fair soon.



Spice Cupcakes

These Spice Cupcakes are easy and delicious sweet treats. They are also a blue ribbon winning recipe! Ground cloves and cinnamon flavor the cake. Classic white and brown sugar give the cupcakes their sweetness. Baking soda and baking powder supply the lift and help provide the perfect texture. Eggs, shortening, and buttermilk also add to that moist, rich texture you will love.

Originally made as a layer cake, this recipe won 1st place at the Ohio State Fair back in 2011.

Spice Cake 1st Place Great Cake Contest

Winner Winner!

Peggy Smith of Delaware, Ohio, was the talented blue ribbon baker. She won the Great Cake Contest, which King Arthur Flour sponsored. Peggy’s family loves this cake recipe. She said she used and tweaked it for several years before competing with it. Often we see winners teaching their children to bake but Peggy confessed her daughter deserves the credit, for getting her into baking. Her top tip for cake baking is “sift the flour!” Hats off to Peggy and her award winning cake!

Spice Cupcakes Ohio State Fair Winner Peggy

These Spice Cupcakes are a perfect dessert for fall. I baked them for a friend’s birthday and they were a huge hit. Be sure to bake these soon! For more pumpkin recipes, check out this epic monkey bread recipe!