Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
October 17, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM — Boonville resident Brandi Gordy racked up three first-place wins at this year’s Dixie Classic Fair.
Gordy participated in the fair’s culinary competitive exhibitions. She decorated cakes for the Adult Birthday Cake, Wedding Cake, and Birthday Cake categories in the Amateur Cake Decorating categories.
“I did take first place in all three of those,” Gordy said. “It took me several weeks to actually put everything together. I handmade all the flowers that were on the wedding cake.”
She also received the Judges’ Choice Award for her entry in the Amateur Cake Decoration - No Fondant category.
Fondant is a type of icing-like substances that pastry chefs use to decorate their creations.
Her Birthday Cake and Wedding Cake categories were fondant, but the Adult Birthday Cake category was not.
“I use what is called a marshmallow fondant,” Gordy said. “It’s what gives the wedding cake a very smooth appearance. My forms that I used underneath are actually all-Styrofoam. It makes it a little bit easier to decorate.”
This is her second year participating.
“Last year I had entered, I think basically the same thing,” Gordy said. “They have a decorated cupcake competition as well, and I had entered it. I had a specialty contest of cheesecake and I took fifth place in that, and then fourth place in cupcake, third place I believe in birthday cake, and then first place in Judges’ Choice for wedding cake. This year I decided to strictly cakes instead.”
Gordy is a hobby cake artist and does special cakes for close friends. She would like to one day have a bakery of her own, but right now she said her family comes first.
Her daughter and nieces also competed with her this year.
Gordy’s daughter Mikalah, 6, placed first and Judges’ Choice, while her niece, Isabell Moody, 7, placed second. Gordy’s niece, Rylee Polin, 9, placed first also.
Gordy’s niece was the inspiration for her starting to decorate.
Gordy was asked to help decorate a cake for her birthday. Then when Gordy’s daughter was born she felt it was smarter to decorate her own birthday cakes rather than pay someone to do it for her. Her interest has grown since then and led her to the fair’s competitions.
The competitive exhibits are one of the fair’s biggest draws each year. In 2013, there were more than 31,000 entries made, each competing for a slice of more than $225,000 in prize money.
The fair finished its 131st year Sunday.
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