Swain County 4-H Sweet Treat Bake-Off Champions

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Sweet Treat ChampionsYouth in Swain County had a rewarding and educational experience learning baking techniques and candy making skills through a bake off. The purpose of the Sweet Treat Bake-off was to encourage adults and youth to work together on a baking project. Baking was done by the youth with supervision, directions, suggestions, and help from an adult. 

Categories included: cookies, breads/muffins/rolls, cakes, cupcakes, decorated items, healthy choices and candies. A special thank you to the judges for taking the time to judge all the delicious entries and electing the category winners. 

Lilah's Applesauce CakeOverall Best In Show
Lilah Foster: Lilah’s Apple Cake with Orange Glaze (photo and recipe below)

Category Winners

  • Cake Division
    • Senior 1st place: Kadin Taylor, Chocolate Stack Cake
  • Cupcake Division
    • Senior 1st place: Audrey Zelenka, Cappuccino Cupcake
    • Junior 1st place: Korbin Taylor, Lemon Blueberry Cupcake
  • Cookie Division
    • Junior 1st place: Kendall Taylor, Molasses Cookie
  • Decorated Division
    • Cloverbud: Killian Taylor, Strawberry Cupcake

If you have an interest in baking, the Swain County 4-H will be hosting ‘A Pound Of Love’ Bake-off for kids that will be taking place in February. This is a chance for youth in the community to enter their favorite pound cake recipes. All flavors are welcome!

For more information call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County at (828) 488-3848 or email Kyla-Jo Farmer at kyla-jo_farmer@ncsu.edu. Happy Baking!

Lilah’s Apple Cake with Orange Glaze



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of non-dairy coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups honey crisp apples peeled, cored, and finely chopped mixed with 2 tablespoons of orange juice with a 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, and 2 tablespoons of white sugar

Orange Glaze

  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp of orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon of butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare nonstick mini loaf pans with Pam.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, orange juice and vanilla. Set aside. 
  4. Using your stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add both eggs until well incorporated.
  5. Alternating, add flour mixture, and yogurt mixture until just combined.
  6. Hand mix in finely chopped and peeled apples.
  7. Pour batter into prepared mini loaf pans.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Let stand for a minute or two to slightly thicken and drizzle generously over warm apple cake. Eat immediately.