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Food: Hy-Vee Smiles in Every Aisle

Food: Hy-Vee Smiles in Every Aisle

August 18, 2021

Bakers from across the state put their best cakes to the test in the Hy-Vee Smiles in Every Aisle contest, judged Thursday, August 12, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Contestants were challenged to bake an award winning cake in over 30 different classes of competition.

Entries were judges on texture, flavor, appearance and aroma.

Complete results follow:

Layer Cake - Black Forest

1), Brian Keul, West Des Moines

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

Layer Cake - Cake Mix Fix-Up

1) Brooke Mickelson, West Des Moines

2) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

3) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

Layer Cake - Carrot

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Pam Van Essen, Ottumwa

3) Barb Benoit, Des Moines

Layer Cake - Chocolate (frosted)

1) Sally Kilkenny, Granger

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

3) Lauren Probst, Windsor Heights

Layer Cake - Chocolate Sour Cream

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

3) Diane Rauh, Des Moines

Layer Cake - Coconut

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

3) Sally Kilkenny, Granger

Layer Cake - Coconut Cake with Lemon Filling

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

Layer Cake - Red Waldorf

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

3) Brian Keul, West Des Moines

Layer Cake - Spice

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Ashley Evans, Washington

3) Sally Kilkenny, Granger

Layer Cake - Triple Layer Lemon

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Sally Kilkenny, Granger

3) Jessica Denner, Polk City

Layer Cake - Walnut Mocha

1) None awarded

Layer Cake - Whipped Cream

1) None awarded

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

Layer Cake - Yellow

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Sally Kilkenny, Granger

3) Jessica Denner, Polk City

Layer Cake - Split Layer Cake or Torte

1) None awarded

Layer Cake - Layer Cake Other Than Named

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Alisa Woods, Des Moines

3) Michelle Pehl, Ames

Layer Cake - Overall Winners

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

3) Brooke Mickelson, West Des Moines

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes – Angel

1) Nanette Everly, Batavia

2) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

3) Lorraine Doke, Indianola

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes – Bundt

1) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

3) Marcia, Miller, Des Moines

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Cake Rolls

1) None awarded

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Carrot (frosted)

1) Meredith Willey, Norwalk

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

3) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Coffee (non-yeast)

1) Marcia Miller, Des Moines

2) Lori Richman, Waukee

3) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Creations with Cake Mixes

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Diana Barker, Indianola

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes – Cupcakes

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Jessica Denner, Polk City

3) Ashley Evans, Washington

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Filled Cupcakes

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Alissa Puffett, West Des Moines

3) Marcia Miller, Des Moines

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes – Gingerbread

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Gluten Free

1) Daniel Hodges, Ames

2) Jessica Denner, Polk City

3) Julie Petersen, Knoxville

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes – Oatmeal

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Pineapple Upside Down

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Jessica Denner, Polk City

3) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Pound (unfrosted)

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Shari Bral, Ottumwa

3) Phyllis Olson, Newton

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Raw Apple

1) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

2) Shari Bral, Ottumwa

3) Marcia Miller, Des Moines

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Rhubarb

1) Jessica Denner, Polk City

2) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

3) Marcia Miller, Des Moines

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes – Wacky

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

3) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes – Any Fruit Cake Other Than Named

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

3) Cindy Streff, Urbandale

One Layer Cakes & Cupcakes - Cake Other Than Named (frosted or unfrosted)

1) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

2) DeeDee Kennedy, Des Moines

3) Cassandra Hyatt, Ankeny

One Layer Cakes and Cupcakes - Overall Winners

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

3) Meredith Willey, Norwalk

Sweepstakes – Joy K. McFarland, Tingley

Reserve Sweepstakes – Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 134 divisions, 603 classes and nearly 6500 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air.