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Walker ‘Walks’ Away with Third Win in the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Contest
Walker’s Daughter Takes Third from Among 52 Other Entries
1/10/2010

Harrisburg – Deb Walker of East Berlin, Adams County, took the first place ribbon and a $500 prize in the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Contest at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show on Sunday, Jan. 10.

This is Walker’s third win at the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Contest and she was also third place in 2006. Walker has been participating in the contest for six years now and this is the first year her daughter Michelle Masser of New Oxford, Adams County, made the top five with her.  Masser placed third and won $50. 

“I never use the same recipe,” Walker said about her baking skills.

Five judges selected Walker’s cake from among 53 entries.  They were Pat Krome, Jim Davis, Judy Kennedy, Liz Shorb and Jerry Cascavilla. 

“The cakes are delicious and beautiful and I love the different textures,” Judge Kennedy said.

The cakes are based on appearance, consistency, flavor, moistness, texture and aroma. 
 
Rounding out the top five was Ashley Shaw of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, in second place winning $100, Greta Slogie of Dillsburg, York County, in fourth and Brenda Moore of Mt. Wolfe, York County, in fifth.   
 
The 2010 Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Contest was sponsored by Paul and Donna Bowman of Health Craft.  The Bowmans have been sponsoring this award for the last 12 years at the Farm Show.
 
Deb Walker’s Winning Pineapple Upside Down Cake
 
Topping:
 ¼  cup butter
½  cup brown sugar
12 pineapple rings (drained)
½  cherry for each ring (drained)
Melt butter and sugar in the bottom of a 9X13 inch pan. Arrange pineapple rings on top of mixture. Put a cherry in each ring.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
Cake:
 ½ cup butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
6 drops yellow food coloring
¼ cup pineapple juice
2 ½ cups flour

In large bowl, melt butter and whisk in sugar.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add buttermilk and next four ingredients, mix well.  Add food coloring and juice.  Add flour, mix well.  Pour over pineapples in bottom of pan.  Bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack five minutes and invert to a large plate or on cardboard.  Cool completely.  Decorate as desired.  Cut and serve.

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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