Packet cakes in cooking competitions
|Cooking competitions have been run for 90 years by the Country Women's Association|
The Queensland arm of the Country Women's Association (CWA), best known for their wonderful home cooking skills have decided to create a "packet cake category" in their cooking competitions at local shows.
"CWA has always been known for its cooking," Jan said. "It was in the war years that CWA became so important. "We provided meals for soldiers and their families." Jan understands the mixed reaction to the new category in the competition. "We're becoming more inclusive," she said. "Now you don't have to be a member to enter. "Many mothers are busy working these days and may not have the time to make cakes from scratch." Jan said packet cakes offered numerous benefits. "Sometimes you can't even tell the difference," she said. "And there are economic benefits. "Even some of our older members are getting tired and, for them, packet cakes are a great option."
I am no fan of packet cakes, I find them very sweet (I like to know what is going into my cake) and they don't have the same texture as one made from scratch. Its a little sad to think that people are loosing the skills of making a basic cake. The New South Wales arm of the CWA say they are not following suit.
I have to agree with this quote by Heather Allen, CWA member: "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. (source) I am a big supporter of teaching young ones how to cook (boys and girls) and cake making was always part of my childrens training. They loved making cakes and loved eating cakes.
What do you think of this?
Am I being a cake snob?
Even my dad thought this was all a bit sad.
Newspaper source: http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/allowing-packet-cakes-cwa-competitions/1836351/