14 Apr 2013

Cake mixes now allowed in cooking contests

10:03 am on 14 April 2013

The Country Women's Association of Western Australia has expressed disbelief that its counterpart in Queensland will allow packet cake mixes in cooking contests.

The ABC reports the new rules will take effect at a competition in Charters Towers in north Queensland later this month.

It is the first time in 90 years that the organisation will allow baking entrants to use a quick-fix mix.

Spokeswoman Alison Taylor said it will make the competition more accessible.

"But there is a talent to making packet cakes, it's not as easy as sounds," she said.

"People who do cooking at home, who feel perhaps they can't compete with some of the older CWA bakers who have been cooking for years, it just opens the competition up."

But Western Australia member, Heather Allen of Geraldton said it is sad that entrants can resort to supermarket mixes.

"I just think it's pretty sad that they're not going to nurture the young ones and teach them how to make the cakes," she said.