COOKING QUEENS: Jenny Grealy and Phyllis Schimke won three categories between them at the CWA state-level cookery competition in Gympie.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times
COOKING QUEENS: Jenny Grealy and Phyllis Schimke won three categories between them at the CWA state-level cookery competition in Gympie.Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

Cookery comp a piece of cake for CWA Mulgildie ladies

THE saying 'It's what's inside that counts' applies not to just humans but to cakes too, Phyllis Schimke has learned.

The CWA Mulgildie member's cinnamon tea cake had a crack on its top but still won first place at the CWA state cookery competition in Gympie.

"The other cakes looked better but when they cut mine, it was just perfect," she said.

"I wouldn't change anything about the inside if I was to do it again, I would just make it a bit prettier."

She also won in lemon cake category.

Despite taking out two of the 14 available sections, her signature creation is something different.

"If there was a lamington category, I would enter that," she said.

Jenny Grealy also represented CWA Mulgildie and kept her name as boiled fruit cake queen by taking out her third win in the that category at the state level.

"I definitely wasn't expecting it. I did a different recipe this time," she said.

"I wasn't there for when they were announcing winners and when Phyllis called me and told me I won, my jaw hit the floor."

Despite this high success record, Mrs Grealy said she is continuously surprised with her wins from the high amount of things that can go wrong.

"You have to make sure the temperature of everything is right and hope you feel like cooking on the day," she said.

"And then there's the judge's opinion, and different judges can have different opinions."

Getting to the state competition is a process in itself.

First, one must come first in the branch competition and then the division one.

"Competing in the division level is tricky because the weather is colder at the time of year it happens," Mrs Schimke said.

"And when you get to state level, the win is just a bonus because the best thing is having an entry for your CWA branch."

Each of the categories had about 20 competitors.


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