A Hummingbird Cake! I found this recipe in several places, but choose to try the one from Nancie McDermott's cookbook, Southern Cakes. She describes it "Wonderfully rich and pretty in understated way". A perfect description. It's traditional flavor comes from bananas, pineapple, (I made mine toasted) pecans, and cream cheese pecan frosting.
I have never entered or won any contests, so I was very excited to win 2nd place!!