Just desserts awarded at the livestock show auction in Goliad
March 17, 2012 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated March 16, 2012 at 10:17 p.m.
D'Laci Albrecht's cake, inspired by her favorite flower and colors placed first Saturday in the decorated cake contest at the Goliad County Fair and PRCA Rodeo.
"The Gerbera daisy is my favorite flower," D'Laci said. "And zebra print and hot pink are my favorite colors."
This is the third consecutive year that the 17-year-old was named grand champion in the decorated cake division out of four years of competing.
Although it was her first year to compete, D'Laci's younger sister, Mollie Albrecht, 13, won grand champion in the cake mix cakes competition.
Both girls also raise rabbits for the livestock show. Last year, Mollie won reserve champion and her sister placed fourth.
"This year they didn't do so well," said their mother Missy Albrecht.
The girls both enjoy taking care of the rabbits when they are babies.
"They are so small and sweet and nice," Mollie said. "I also enjoy showing them."
D'Laci said she enjoys watching the rabbits grow - even over the course of a month - but it is relaxing to come into the kitchen and bake after working outdoors with her bunnies.
The end product after baking in the kitchen is what brings the most satisfaction to Mollie.
"I like it when people taste what I baked and say it's good," she said. "And obviously when you hear your placing in the competition."
But sometimes Mollie likes to surprise her family.
"One time she made brownies and put cayenne pepper in them - just to see how we would react," Albrecht said.
For Mission Valley girls, baking is not just a matter of whipping together ingredients and hoping for the best. Mollie baked her strawberry cake five time before she got it just right and D'Laci put in about 60 hours of week between planning the design, buying the supplies and creating the masterpiece.
The day of the livestock show arrived Saturday, bringing with it country music, western wear vendors and a carnival full of good food and fast rides.
With different events every day, the livestock show can be hectic, D'Laci said, but in the end the girls both enjoy spending time with friends and watching their hard work pay off.
As Mike Mathis said during the invocation before the auction, the livestock show is not necessarily about raising the next generation of farmers as much as teaching children hard work pays off and can be rewarding.
And the girls' hard work did pay off - D'Laci's cake sold for $2,000 in the auction and Mollie's for $1,400.
The secret to success is in the planning, D'Laci said. When she gets excited about the design in the planning stages, she can start to envision success.
"D'Laci's already planning next year's cake," Albrecht said. "She starts as soon as the competition is over."
The key to cake decorating is perseverance, D'Laci said.
"Sometimes you want to give up, but if you press through, it generally turns out nice," D'Laci said.
Mollie would add that staying focused is a key ingredient to success.
"Pay attention to what you're doing and try not to mess up," Mollie said.