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Juniata County Woman Wins Farm Show Competition with ‘Heavenly’ Strawberry Angel Food Cake
1/10/2010

Harrisburg – Lucinda Donough of the Port Royal, Juniata County, took first place out of a record-breaking 68 entries to win $500 in the Angel Food Cake Contest on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Donough’s strawberry flavored angel food cake took first place at the Juniata County Fair earlier this year.

Amy McChesney of Blairsville, Indiana County, was the second place winner. McChesney won $250 with her peach-flavored angel food cake. The third place winner, Sara Kurtz of Emmaus, Lehigh County, received $100 for her cake. Fourth place went to Deb Walker of East Berlin, Adams County, and Jayne Wagner of Adamstown, Lancaster County, took fifth place.

The five judges selected to evaluate the cakes included Monica Bydeley, Annie Clark, Barb Davis, Cher Harris and Pat Kline.

The cakes were scored on several factors, including overall appearance such as surface, size and color; inside characteristics including texture and lightness; flavor including smell, taste and flavorings; and creativity for toppings, icing and decoration.

The contest was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program and was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. 

Donough’s winning recipe is as follows:

Angel Food Cake

Sift:    
1 ¾ cups 10x Sugar
1 cup cake flour

Beat Till Foamy:    
1 2/3 cup egg white (12/14 eggs)
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. cream of tartar

Add:
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. almond extract

Beat till stiff peaks form, while slowly adding 1 ½ cup granulated sugar. Gently fold egg whites into sifted flour mixture. Bake approximately 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Invert till completely cool.

Icing:   
2 lb. 10x sugar
¼ cup Crisco
½ cup milk

Beat until creamy. Add flavorings till taste (vanilla extract and strawberry extract). Top with homemade whole strawberry jam. Decorate with lime peel and fresh strawberries.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

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