Take the ribbons, leave the cake

Auctioned baked goods net more than $7,000

Auctioned baked goods net more than $7,000

August 02, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

DOWNSVILLE - Kaitlyn Corbett, 13, of Downsville, knew her great-grandmother's butternut poundcake recipe was a hit within the family.

The home-schooler thought it would be neat to see how it would do in the 4-H cake competition at Washington County Ag Expo.

The cake recipe, adapted from a recipe on the back of a Superior Products Company flavoring bottle, won grand champion of 4-H cakes.

The butternut-flavored poundcake also garnered a $350 bid during Ag Expo's cake auction, a fundraiser for local 4-H programs.

Estimated proceeds from the entire cake auction, which included the sale of other baked goods, was more than $7,000, says Donielle Inskeep, Maryland Cooperative Extension educator with 4-H youth development in Washington County.


Brian Pile, with Karl Pile Septic Service, bought the cake. Pile's father, Karl, bought Ag Expo 4-H cakes for 25 years to support 4-H, and the family continues the tradition.

Pile says the cake was excellent with a sweet flavor, and the family enjoyed the cake with strawberries.

Kaitlyn's great-grandmother Edna Divel discovered the original recipe many moons ago when her sister bought her butternut flavoring sold at Park Place Church in LaVale, Md.

Divel, 88, who lives west of Hancock, has been making the cake since her oldest grandson was "a little guy." He's now 47.

She often prepares the cake with a caramel icing.

"Some of my family like it without, some like it with," Divel says.

Kaitlyn, the daughter of Frank and Shawna Corbett, prefers chocolate cakes herself.

The butternut poundcake recipe was good enough to win Kaitlyn her first cake championship ribbon in the first year she entered the cake competition.

Elisabeth Brodell, 35, who lives near Sharpsburg, also was a first-time cake winner, earning grand champion of all open-class baked goods with a coconut cake that has a key lime filling.

Brodell considers herself a baker, but this is the first time she entered the Ag Expo competition. Actually, it's the first time she entered any contest.

"Everybody I served that cake to told me it was amazing so I just figured I'd give it a shot," says Brodell, who is a billing-disputes representative for Citicorp north of Hagerstown.

Aaron Kelly, a judge for Ag Expo's cookie and candies categories, had the chance to sample Brodell's cake. He thought it was so good he bid on it during the cake auction and won with a $100 bid.

Brodell says her recipe was a collaboration of several coconut cake recipes she'd seen, some trial and error, more tweaking and the idea to add a Key lime filling.

To create the tropical flavor, Brodell uses at least a dozen fresh key limes, she says.

"The minute you taste it, you know it works," she says.

She first made it for her mother, Katie Groth of Frederick, Md., for Mother's Day this year. Her mother doesn't like Key lime pies, but she likes this cake, Brodell says.

Brodell is guarding the recipe for her coconut cake with Key lime filling until after it's competed at the Maryland State Fair, which starts in Timonium, Md., in late August.

She promised to share the recipe with Herald-Mail readers after that.

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