Cooking can be easy as pie

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FOR 90 years, just mentioning the words 'packet' and 'cake' in close succession would earn you a frown - or 12 -from the ladies in the Queensland Country Women's Association.

But not anymore.

The QCWA has relaxed its rule against packet mix cakes and will introduce a new category to their cake competition dedicated to fluffy sweets that come from a cardboard box.

"We are getting modernised!" Victoria Hill branch president Shirley Erhardt said.

She said while many would expect them to be up in arms about the situation, the QCWA members in our region could not be happier.

Cookery convenor for border division Louise Lyall said it allowed more people to get involved with the competition and the organisation, no matter their skills in the kitchen.

"I think it's a wonderful idea and personally I think there is nothing wrong with packet cakes," Mrs Lyall said.

"People are time-poor now, and this allows them to enter the competition and still have fun."

Mrs Lyall said it was all about moving with the times and ensuring the youngsters of society still had the option to get involved.

"A lot of girls worked all the way through and they never learnt to cook, then all of a sudden they have kids and have to bake a cake for a bunch of kids and so they slap two packet mixes together and you get a beautiful cake out of it," she said.

"And what people need to remember is that this is only one class in the competition out of 14 - the others of which are still only traditionally-baked cakes from scratch."

Glen Aplin branch representative Judy Leech said those freaking out thinking the QCWA had warped the competition need not worry.

"There is nothing to worry about," Mrs Leech said.

"QCWA has not gone troppo!"



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