By Melissa Robinson
Creamy butter, farm-fresh
eggs, real sugar and pure vanilla extract are a few of the
ingredients to make a true Southern pound cake and Henry
County’s best will be on display at the second annual "Tastiest
Pound Cake Contest" that is a part of McDonough Arts Spring
ArtFest, to be held on Sunday, April 21 on the McDonough Square.
Wanda David holds her winning
pound cake at last year’s Tastiest Pound Cake Contest.
If family members rave
about your baking skills or friends at church always go for that
second slice of your dessert at the potluck supper, then
organizers are looking for you to enter this year’s pound cake
Entries will be judged in
the categories of Southern traditional, Southern traditional
glazed or iced, any type of chocolate and a brand new category
just for the men, where “anything goes.”
“We decided to add a
category exclusively for men this year to generate interest
among male bakers,” said Judy Neal, McDonough Arts Council
member and Chair of the Tastiest Pound Cake Contest. ”Men are
quietly competitive and all seem to enjoy eating pound cake.”
Kathy Shepherd, owner of
Incredible Southern Pound Cakes in Stockbridge, will be the
“celebrity guest” and on hand to coach the judges, give tips and
teach them what to look for as they taste the different
varieties to determine the winners.
All the judges for this
year’s competition are men and include several from the "Real
Men in Pink" 2013 campaign.
Neal said the pound cake
contest was a natural progression as it had become a custom for
the Board of McDonough Arts to sell homemade sweets and sliced
pound cake at the festival and said Board members are constantly
exploring ways to include all types of art in its events.
Neal said that no matter
how you slice it, competitors will be serving up delicious
offerings, many using longtime family recipes.
“Many who sign up to
compete tell us that they will be using a treasured family
recipe which has been handed down by mothers, aunts or
grandmothers. Others work for weeks creating a new competitive
recipe. Everyone has their own idea about what makes a terrific
cake,” she said.
Neal’s own personal hint
about baking the perfect pound cake?
“Let the butter sit out
for at least six hours before beating,” said Neal. “Another
baker I know, who insists that she has the winning recipe handed
down by her grandmother, was adamant that the butter must sit
out overnight. Either way, it seems that soft butter keeps sad
streaks from forming.”
ArtFest will be held on
April 21 from noon until 5 p.m. In addition to the pound cake
contest, there will be art demonstrations, an Artists’ Market
featuring everything from paintings to jewelry to pottery, and
Kid’s Corner. There will also be live entertainment, music and
Think you have the winning recipe? To enter
the pound cake contest, email name, phone number, mailing
address and cake recipe to Neal at
or for more information call her at 404-660-3813.