First in fruit­cake

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing as each Show So­ci­ety com­petes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

FIRST place at the Ekka for her dark, rich fruit­cake is Gaileen Dav­i­son’s dream – even though she doesn’t like fruit­cake.

Ms Dav­i­son’s cake for the Ekka is al­ready baked and await­ing de­liv­ery, but she was thrilled to con­test the Bur­nett sub-cham­ber fi­nal af­ter gain­ing sec­ond place at the Bund­aberg Show.

She earned her spot in our fi­nal be­cause Bund­aberg’s win­ner had also placed first in Mary­bor­ough and con­tested that re­gional fi­nal.

“It’s taken me 20 years to get this far,” said Ms Dav­i­son.

She learned from Mar­garet Kemp how to ice and dec­o­rate fruit­cakes for wed­dings, she said, and so started en­ter­ing fruit­cakes in the Bund­aberg Show.

“There used to be a novice fruit­cake sec­tion and I won it about 20 years ago,” she said.

That was in­cen­tive enough to con­tinue en­ter­ing with the same recipe, but she learned how to im­prove the cake from judges and friends.

“I would give people pieces of the cake to eat and would ask them for com­ments,” she said.

Pre­sen­ta­tion was im­por­tant, with a flat top and edges, and spe­cific height and length to be mea­sured with a ruler.

For tex­ture, the fruit needs to be cut up well, and for taste and mois­ture, the fruit has to be soaked in rum – Bund­aberg rum, prefer­ably.

“The longer you leave it, the bet­ter (the rum) soaks in,” Ms Dav­i­son said.

Fruit­cake judge Anne Kenny said Ms Dav­i­son’s win­ning cake ex­em­pli­fied “ev­ery­thing we asked it to do”.

“It needs to have a nice, clean edge, a smooth top, fruit well-dis­trib­uted, a nice, dark, rich colour and be baked well,” Ms Kenny said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DE­LI­CIOUS: Gaileen Dav­i­son’s cake for the Ekka is al­ready baked and await­ing de­liv­ery.

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