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?|
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!