Lee County Historical Society’s fourth annual Heritage Cake Contest was held on Feb. 8 in Loachapoka, Ala. Each contestant’s cake recipe was required to be 100 years or three generations old, with documentation to prove it. Nine cakes were entered, and Becky Mayberry Oliver’s lemon cheesecake won first place with her mother, Eula Mayberry, and daughter, Kate Kendrick, in attendance.
Nine contestants entered the contest. At the registration table, each contestant needed to provide documentation of the cake’s age, and the recipe.
Onlookers and cake enthusiasts admired the nine cakes waiting to be judged before they could be eaten.
Judges Chris Wilson, Frank Miller and Martha Venable tasted and discussed the cakes in the museum’s back room, away from the influence of the hungry public.
Judges from the left, Chris Wilson, Frank Miller and Martha Venable had the task of judging each cake on appearance, authenticity, taste among other criteria.
Becky Mayberry Oliver’s lemon cheesecake, front, won first place in the contest.
Documentation like the papers presented in the foreground for an Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake were required for each entry. One of the requirements was proof that the recipe is 100 years or three generations old.
The judges got the first taste of every cake before they were sold by the slice for $1 each.
Judges Chris Wilson and Martha Venable were able to taste distinct differences in flavor depending on which ingredients were used.
Chris Wilson and the other judges added up the points for each cake and made their decisions in an objective manner. None of the judges knew who made which cake.
From the left, Kate Kendrick, Becky Mayberry Oliver and Eula Mayberry. Three generations of a family of cake bakers. Kendrick entered a blackberry jam cake, and Oliver entered the lemon cheesecake that won first place.