A Pound of Love: 4-H Pound Cake Bake-Off

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Get ready, get set, bake!! Here’s your chance to bake your favorite pound cake recipe and enter it in the 4-H Pound of Love Bake-off. All flavors are welcome!

DID YOU KNOW: Pound cakes got their name from the original recipe which called for a pound each of: eggs, butter, sugar, and flour! 

A Pound Of Love 2023

Material Pick-up, Entry Deadline, and Award Announcement Dates:

  • Grab and Go Baking Basket that includes supplies to assist you with your baking (starter kit with basic cake dry ingredients and mini *bundt pan). Pick-up from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on March 24, 2023.  
  • Entry drop-off Monday, March 27 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m..
  • Awards will be announced on Wednesday, March 29
*The provided mini bundt pan is for the judge’s sample portion. So make your recipe as directed for a whole cake then just pour a portion of the batter into the mini bundt pan for the judges and pour the remaining batter into your larger pan. You can keep the larger one for you and your family to enjoy. Note: you will need to adjust cook time, especially for the mini bundt pan.  

Participation Guidelines:

  • Open to youth 5-18 years of age: Cloverbud (5-7 years), Junior (8-12 years), Senior (13-18 years).
  • Each youth must have an adult helper/partner; they work together to bake/create their entry at home, then bring to the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County for judging.
  • Entry fee is one non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry.


  • Plain 
  • Plain with icing
  • Plain with glaze
  • Flavored
  • Flavored with icing
  • Flavored with glaze


  • Every entry must include the Entry Form (fill out at drop-off) and recipe
  • Entries must be made from scratch, no prepared mixes allowed.
  • All entries will receive a ribbon of participation and there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons in each category and one overall “Best in Show” ribbon.
  • Entry will be judged by Taste, Appearance, Consistency, and Creativity; 100 points total.

For more information, call (828) 488-3848 or contact:

Kristi Griggs, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development