Margaret enjoys the fruitcakes of her labour
MARGARET Good's kitchen fills with the comforting scent of baking on a daily basis, so it only makes sense that she would win big at the Grafton Show.
Taking out five first prize spots in the cooking section, and winning the esteemed prize of Most Outstanding Fruit Cake, the 68-year-old is feeling over the moon.
For many years, Mrs Good's father, Henry Dwyer baked fruit cakes for the Grafton Show until he died. It was then that Mrs Good and her brother Ken Dwyer continued on the tradition to honour their father.
"I had a simply wonderful time at this year's show," Mrs Good said.
Her Anzac biscuits also cleaned up at the show, taking out first place.
"My husband loves Anzac Biscuits... I make a batch every five to six days," she said. Because she makes them so often, Mrs Good entered her Anzacs in the show and hoped for the best.
Mrs Good and Mr Dwyer have long been challenging each other to make cakes. Last year, Mr Dwyer took out the first prize for his rich fruit cake, which he eventually took to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
In 2012, Mrs Good won and took her cake to the Easter Show where she won third prize.
"This year because I've won the same competition, I'll have to make one for the same finals in December, and if I'm lucky enough to win first prize there I'll be eligible for the 2017 Easter Show," Mrs Good said.
But after that, Mrs Good has said she will stop cooking for the Grafton Show to allow others to have a shot at first prize.
While Mrs Good has won big with her fruit cakes this year, she loves to bake all types of things, her favourite being the pavlova.
"I love cooking pavlovas simply because I love eating them," she said.
But her skills don't end with cooking, she also loves to crochet and work in her garden.
"Working in my garden is a joy, I work in the gardens in the morning, in the afternoon I cook and I crochet at night," she said.
Mrs Good works in her garden every day, which also paid off in this year's show where she won multiple awards including the Most Outstanding Dahlia and Supreme Champion Flower of the Show.
Before her retirement, Mrs Good worked at Grafton Public School as a special education teacher.
"The reward I received back from them was priceless," Mrs Good said about her job.
Before entering her cakes in the show, Mrs Good spent around two months preparing her fruit cakes.
"I actually cooked 12 or 14 cakes all together," she said.
Mrs Good cooked one rich fruit cake, several boiled fruit cakes and three light fruit cakes to make sure she got it right. She also made four pumpkin cakes in the lead up to the show.
Mr Dwyer took out second place in the Rich Fruit Cake category and scored Highly Commended in the Boiled Fruit Cake and Light Fruit Cake categories.