Award Winning Fair Recipes Presented

The holidays can be a great time to try new recipes. I thought I would take the opportunity to recognize the 2022 Ellis County Fair recipes that won awards. Esther Neher, a member of the Victoria Vikings 4-H club, won the Junior Foods Grand Champion Award for her recipe, Layered Reese’s Cake. Mya Neher, a member of the Victoria Vikings 4-H Club, won the Junior Champion Foods award for her Fresh Orange Cake entrée.

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Reese’s Layered Cake

cake ingredients

2 boxes devil’s food chocolate cake mixes

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

2 cups of water

8 whole eggs

Ingredients for frosting and topping

2 cups butter (room temperature)

6 cups of powdered sugar

4-8 tbsp. whipped cream

1 ½ cups peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Peanut butter cups, some whole, some chopped for topping


• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and cut parchment to fit bottom of pan.

• Prepare each cake separately with a cake mix, 2 cups of water, 1 stick of butter, and 4 eggs. Bake each cake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

• Allow cakes to cool and remove from pans.

• For the frosting, combine the butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream with an electric mixer until well combined and smooth.

• To glaze the cake, it is best if it is cold or even frozen. If the cake is assembled on time, use a serrated knife to level it. Pipe a thin layer of icing between the layer and frost the outside with a pastry bag and/or offset knife.

• Decorate with peanut butter cups and enjoy!

fresh orange cake

cake ingredients

1 box yellow cake mix

½ cup butter

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1 cup of fresh orange juice

¼ cup granulated sugar

4 large eggs

frosting ingredients

1 cup of icing sugar

1 teaspoon grated fresh orange zest

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice


• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Lightly spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray, then dust with flour. Shake off excess flour.

• Place cake ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer. Stop the machine to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Turn the mixer back on to medium heat and mix for two minutes.

• Bake cake until golden brown and beginning to pull away from sides of pan, 45 to 47 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake and invert to loosen the cake. Let cool another 30 minutes.

• Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, fresh orange juice, and orange zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth.

• Place the cake on a serving platter and pour the icing over the top, letting it run down the sides and into the center. Let the frosting set for a few minutes before cutting it out.

Monique Koerner is the Family and Community Wellness Agent for K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. You can reach her at: 785-628-9430 or [email protected]

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