Cupcake Wars winners detailed

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau promotion and education committee sponsored the novel and tasty Cupcake Wars contest for the Jefferson County Fair again this year. Their main ingredient was to be something that could be purchased at a farmers’ market and then the cupcakes fashioned into some sort of sporting event.

The three teams competing for the winning honors were comprised of members from two 4-H clubs, with the Friends and Neighbors groups taking on double work as they entered a boys and girls team. The Country Rangers, consisting of three girls, dressed in pale blue T-tops with a jeweled cupcake decorating the front of the shirts.

The Friends and Neighbors boys wore 4-H green shirts decorated with an eight-ball design. The Friends and Neighbors queens wore crowns with their name in various colors and black T-tops with a cupcake design.

Judges were Stephanie Pethtel, Linda Chivers, Brian Swickard and yours truly. It was a difficult tasting and presentation decision, and the scores were very close, with only two points deciding between two teams.

All the work done by the young people was very much appreciated by the Farm Bureau women, and the teams received goodie bags with many things relating to the cupcake contest.

The winners, after much agonizing, were the Country Rangers with the Honey-Peanut Butter Cupcakes in a swimming pool design. There was an auction, and the work took a $55 bid. The Cupcake Queens golf course brought in $50, and the billiard table earned $40.

The groups shared their recipes with the judges and are here for your enjoyment now.


Here is the recipe for the winning cupcakes – the Honey-Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. Jennifer Barnett, Farm Bureau administrator, mother of one of the contestants, said that the recipe for the filling in Buckeyes was used as the frosting.

Honey-Peanut Butter Cupcakes with

Peanut Butter Frosting

Box of white cake mix

1/2 cup yellow clover honey

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

Mix ingredients together until well blended. Do not overmix. Place in cupcake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Cool and frost.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

Cream butter and peanut butter together. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Add milk as needed to thin.


Honey bee cupcakes made by the Cupcake Queens has a nice flavor of honey and a nice texture.

Honey Bee Cupcakes

Duncan Hines classic yellow cake mix

3 eggs

1 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Follow directions on cake box, combining ingredients as directed. Add 1/3 cup honey in addition to the ingredients listed on the cake box. Bake as directed, depending on which cake style is chosen and frost with store-bought icing.


The male bakers had fondant billiard balls decorating the cake and their frosting had a slight spicy taste with the addition of cinnamon.

Old-Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake

with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing

Box spice cake mix

4 large eggs

1 1/4 cups applesauce

1/3 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cake mix, eggs, applesauce and butter on medium speed for 2 minutes. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Cool and frost.

Cinnamon Butter Cream Icing

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons milk

Cream butter and shortening. Add vanilla. Mix well. Add sugar 1 cup at a time and combine with mixer until dry.

Add milk a tablespoon at a time.

To make the billiard balls that were used for the decorations, the boys used a marshmallow fondant made by combining 1 cup marshmallows and 1 tablespoon water.

Melt in microwave for 20-second intervals, then stir until melted. Add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and combine with hands until stretchy. They used black coloring in theirs to make the pool balls, putting the number 8 on each.