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First Lady Cathy Justice announces West Virginia Birthday Cake Contest

CHARLESTON — Calling all Mountain State bakers.

First Lady Cathy Justice announced that her office will host a West Virginia Birthday Cake Contest in honor of the state’s 159th birthday — June 20.

West Virginia residents are invited to create and submit an original cake recipe. One recipe will be chosen and designated the official West Virginia birthday cake, served every year on June 20 to celebrate West Virginia’s statehood.

The deadline for submissions is June 7.

“This is just another way that we can celebrate West Virginia and the creative people that make their homes here,” Cathy Justice said. “The governor and I are so excited to see all of the wonderful entries and choose a recipe that truly honors West Virginia.”

The recipe should use ingredients and methods that remind participants of West Virginia. Recipe submissions must include:

  • List of cake ingredients
  • Steps to make the cake batter
  • List of ingredients for icing/glaze
  • Steps to make the cake icing or glaze

In addition, participants may suggest special toppings or decorations for their cake, give details about their recipe and tell why it is the best cake to be designated West Virginia’s official birthday cake.

One grand-prize winner will be selected and other prizes will be awarded during the West Virginia birthday celebration on June 20.

Participants must enter online at