CWA allows packet cakes into the mix

QCWA Mackay branch president LaVerne White prepares a cake using a packet mix. Entrants in CWA baking competitions are now able to use packet mixes and their own recipes.
QCWA Mackay branch president LaVerne White prepares a cake using a packet mix. Entrants in CWA baking competitions are now able to use packet mixes and their own recipes. Lee Constable

THE Country Women's Association has made the unprecedented move to allow packet-mix cakes into their baking competitions.

Mackay QCWA branch president LaVerne White said the move was a bid to encourage younger cooks into the baking competitions.

And it's not the only rule they've changed.

Those taking part in the competitions are now able to enter cakes baked from their own recipes.

Previously they only were allowed to bake from CWA-approved recipes.

Mrs White, who joined the CWA in 1972, said she liked to bake the CWA's cinnamon tea cake, and her efforts have previously won state competitions.

She said allowing people to use their own recipes had raised more eyebrows than the introduction of a packet cake category.

"It doesn't say we need to have the ingredients listed, so whatever you put in is your choice," she said.

Mrs White said she knew many members who would stick to the CWA recipes because they'd worked well for them in the past.

"If you've been using their recipes, and you know they're successful, you'll go back and use theirs," she said.

Mrs White said the new packet cake class would not be popular with everyone but she hoped it would encourage new people to give baking a go.

"For people who say they can't cook, this tells you step-by-step what you should do. It should encourage you to venture out and use a recipe on your own."

She said she had tried her hand at baking with a packet mix for the first time in a long time on Friday but wasn't thrilled with the result.


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