Well, not all my entries made the grade at the fair in 2007. I decided that I needed to re-enter the categories the next year so I could improve my skills and products.
Quick Breads: Banana Bread
(Betty Crocker Cookbook, 1996)
I knew right away what happened with this entry. My bananas were not ripe enough, and I should have used one more. I did not have a great score for flavor. I liked the recipe, so I decided to make the same one in 2008....just with riper bananas.
Cakes with Shortening: Chocolate Cake
Devil's Food Cake (Betty Crocker Cookbook, 1996) with French Silk Frosting (Betty Crocker Cookbook, 1969-1980)
I thought this would be a good choice for a chocolate cake entry, but I didn't realize how competitive this lot would be. It wasn't even my favorite chocolate cake recipe that I use - I like the Cocoa Fudge cake recipe from Betty Crocker (1969 - 1980) with Vanilla Butter Frosting (Betty Crocker, 1969 - present) best. There was nothing special about this cake. It was just a plain old chocolate cake. I decided to make my favorite in 2008 and see if I could improve my showing.