Wednesday, June 17, 2015

a big fat Blue Ribbon !!

We always get a booklet in the mail about the Bullitt County Fair. It lists the shows, exhibitor categories, and contests.
My son was looking through the booklet and convinced me to enter a special chocolate dessert contest with my Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Now, the Flourless Chocolate cake is not a pretty cake to look at. It's very plain, and the rules stated that the desserts would be judged on...

... appearance/presentation, originality,creativity, taste, and clarity of instructions (the recipe had to be included).

So I knew I needed to do something to dress the cake up a little.  I decided on a fluffy cheesecake type topping, then decorated the top with chocolate piping, raspberries and mint leaves,

Here it is in the pan (for protection) just before Lonnie and I left for the contest.

Arriving at the fair...

The fair building isn't air conditioned and I was afraid my dessert would melt right off the plate before the judges got around to it!  They spent about 5 minutes on each entry, tasting, checking the recipe, and filling out score cards.  

Here you can see how it looked for judging...

I believe there were eleven or twelve desserts entered.  I will show you a couple of others...

My friend, Linda's, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake!

wouldn't you like to dive in there?

Pretty candies, a chocolate cobbler, and maybe a German Chocolate Cake?....

Is your mouth watering yet?  A slice of each dessert  along with the recipe was set aside to keep on display at the fair...

And guess who won the first place big old fat blue ribbon?  

I did !!    Inwardly, I was squealing and doing cartwheels! Outwardly just grinning from ear to ear!

This photo is weird because the cake is setting on top of a glass display case with baskets in it.

Not only a ribbon but $50 cash prize!

I will post the actual recipe in a couple of days.  For now, I am just resting on my laurels, hee hee!

I believe I may have had some second or third place wins on some textile items I entered. It was hard to tell, because quilts and things are stacked and overlapping since there aren't enough display cases to really spread things out.
When I pick those things up after the fair I will find out and let you know.

Now it's back to Cloud 9 for me!


  1. Well Now !!!!! How great is this....And a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your 1st place win at the fair.....Looks good to me too!!!! And Not only and BLUE RIBBON but MONIES !!!!! WONDERFUL Darla.......HEY...NOW you can hit that button that says BUY NOW for sure......HUGS Diane K PS CONGRATULATIONS Girl !!!

    1. Thanks so much, Diane! Don't be trying to get me in trouble with that Buy It Now button! You know I am weak!

      It was fun entering the contest...a lot of suspense!