First Lady Justice announces grand prize winning recipe in West Virginia Birthday Cake Contest


Kim Wymer takes top honors with her “Ms. Van’s Blackberry Skillet Cake” – the new official West Virginia Birthday Cake
CHARLESTON, WV – First Lady Cathy Justice announced the winner of her West Virginia Birthday Cake Contest during today’s celebration of the state’s 159th birthday at the Culture Center.

Kim Wymer of Scott Depot was named the grand prize winner and her recipe – “Ms. Van’s Blackberry Skillet Cake” – is now the official birthday cake of West Virginia. It will be served annually on June 20 to commemorate the anniversary of West Virginia’s statehood.
“It’s my honor to welcome Kim to our West Virginia Day ceremony today. I congratulate her in every way. It’s a wonderful recipe,” First Lady Justice said. “Everyone in my office had a chance to eat the cake and not only did it taste great, but it also is a taste that reminds you of West Virginia.”
Grand Prize Winning Recipe
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In addition to her recipe becoming the state’s official birthday cake, Wymer also won a $500 Visa gift card, a custom cake platter, and was awarded a certificate as the contest’s grand prize winner.

The Blackberry Skillet Cake was selected as the best of the best among seven outstanding cake recipes that were selected as finalists in the contest. All finalist cake recipes were taste-tested by the First Lady, Gov. Jim Justice, Executive Assistant to the First Lady Vicki Shannon, Special Assistant to the First Lady Katie Morris, and other staff members.

Those who submitted cake recipes that were selected as finalists have each won a $100 Visa gift card and have been awarded a participation certificate.

All of the finalist cake recipes will soon be made available on the West Virginia Birthday Cake Contest webpage.

Finalists listed alphabetically by cake name below:
Almost Heaven Golden Delicious Apple Cake With Black Walnut Molasses Icing

Rania Mitter Zuri | Morgantown, WV
An Apple-achian Birthday Cake

Hayley Craig | Franklin, WV
Appalachian Apple Stack Cake

Laura Atha | Weston, WV
From the Pantry

Olivia Tharp | Charleston, WV
Rhubarb Cake with Strawberry Icing

Theresa L. Cook | Hinton, WV
Sonny’s Famous Apple Cake

Hilary May Ramsey | Montrose, WV

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