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Presenting our dessert recipe contest winner!

July 12, 2013, 12:00 AM  |  Posted by Emily Richardson in The Katz Club

Amy and her beautiful daughter Kasey enjoyed the first slice!
Coconut, cream cheese frosting, and pecans: perfection.
Samples of the contenders.
Taste testing is hard work.
The finished cake on the pastry table
Amy and her beautiful daughter Kasey enjoyed the first slice!
Amy and her beautiful daughter Kasey enjoyed the first slice! Coconut, cream cheese frosting, and pecans: perfection. Samples of the contenders. Taste testing is hard work. The finished cake on the pastry table

Those that follow fire’s blog may remember a call for family recipes back in February. As we brainstormed the choicest offerings for The Katz Club Diner’s coffee counter and daydreamed about pies, cookies and layer cakes, each of us had our own stories of favorite homemade desserts and how they fit into our family memories. From this nostalgic discussion came the idea to involve the community and grow the story. We asked for your favorite dessert recipes and the memories tied to them, and then we set our pastry team to work.

I know we won’t get any sympathy for this, but seriously – tasting dozens of desserts in one sitting is pretty tough. Especially without the opportunity for a nap afterwards! After a few debates on flavor, texture and general appeal – and a few adjustments to our belts – we agreed upon a winner. Bobbi’s Cream Cake, submitted by Amy Southard, stood out as a unique yet familiar dish that we could all picture joining the other pastries in our collection. This elegant yet comforting white cake is layered with cream cheese, coconut and pecans, and conjures up hazy memories of picnic table luncheons and springtime family get-togethers.

Amy got the recipe from a friend/coworker in Atlanta, whose mother got it from a friend at church. Amy first tried the recipe for a dinner with friends, and implemented a few tweaks: she added pecans, and tried making the layers in a meatloaf pan for a different shape. She tells me that she has tried a few different variations on the cake, and loves that the recipe allows some room for personalization. Amy chose this recipe for our contest because it’s ‘simple and classic’ and seemed to be a good fit for the diner. We agree!

We’ll be featuring Bobbi’s Cream Cake at our coffee counter for the rest of the month - come in and give it a try!

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