Whitney Harrison and Ashley Boykin have long known their family had the winning ingredients for tasty lemon pound cakes.
For years, their late grandfather, Mendel Boykin, prepared the cakes and passed down the recipe to his children, who in turn passed it down to theirs.
He taught my mom and her three brothers and they taught us. Im not really sure where he got the recipe from or if he came up with it himself, said Harrison, an attorney with McGowan Hood Fedler in Columbia.
The elder Boykins pound cake claimed blue ribbon honors at the S.C. State Fair in the late 1960s, and this year Harrison and Ashley Boykin duplicated the feat when they also claimed a blue ribbon in the same category.
My cousin (who also lives in the area) and I decided to bring the recipe back and see if we could win a blue ribbon as well, Harrison said.
The two have had lots of practice.
They make the cakes every Christmas Eve and at other family gatherings with other cousins, but this was their first time entering it at the fair.
We are so excited. It was so unexpected, Harrison said. All of our family members were equally excited about it. There was definitely some stiff competition. I was pretty nervous when we dropped the cake off.
Harrison said shes not sure whether theyll enter the cake at the fair again but suspects they have started a new tradition.
It would be kind of hard to pass up that blue ribbon if we were not successful with it, but well probably compete.