Judge goes bananas over Andrea Buckett's 'nicely risen' cake

TOP CAKE: Accomplished show cook Monica Andrews, from Mundulla, judged that Limestone Ladies CWA branch president Andrea Buckett's cake was the best.
TOP CAKE: Accomplished show cook Monica Andrews, from Mundulla, judged that Limestone Ladies CWA branch president Andrea Buckett's cake was the best.

The Naracoorte Pastoral an Agricultural Society has named the winner of its Local Identity Banana Cake Challenge.

Despite plenty of tough competition, it was Limestone Ladies CWA branch president Andrea Buckett who proved to be the most capable in the kitchen, producing a fantastic cake.

A total of eight local identities were invited to take part in the competition, with each competitor baking the same banana cake recipe from Liz Harfull's Blue Ribbon Cookbook.

Accomplished show cook Monica Andrews, from Mundulla, judged the entries and gave Andrea's cake the top gong for its nice texture and nice flavour.

"It was nicely risen and cooked right through," she said.

Naracoorte High School's assistant principal Tammy Schinckel finished in second place. She has had plenty of experience in the kitchen, teaching aspiring cooks as a home economics teacher.

"Her cake had great flavour but missed the blue ribbon due to the cake rack marks on the bottom," the society explained.

Rounding out the top three was Naracoorte Lucindale Council chief executive officer Trevor Smart, who said he had only baked two cakes in the past 20 years - one on Sunday as a practice and his competition cake.

The encouragement award went to Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association's Brett Rumball.

Member for MacKillop Nick McBride received a special mention, after he was forced to do some late night baking after Parliament. Nick's wife, Katherine, was also thanked for delivering the cake from Adelaide.

Special mentions were also give to Wattle Range Funerals' Joanne Callaghan, Bull Bros Earthmoving's David Bull, who has been a long time diamond sponsor of the show, and local doctor Sophie Rymill.

The cakes will be in the window of Naracoorte Betta Home Living on Ormerod St from now until show day on Saturday.

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