Siblings Ken Dwyer and Margaret Good show off their respective fruit cakes prepared for the Grafton Show.
Siblings Ken Dwyer and Margaret Good show off their respective fruit cakes prepared for the Grafton Show. Daily Examiner

Cake contest a family affair

A BIT of sibling rivalry never goes amiss, especially when a pretty, blue, first-place ribbon is thrown into the mix.

Margaret Good and Ken Dwyer have been entering fruit cakes against one another in the annual Grafton Show for about 10 years, and they show no signs of slowing.

“There is a bit of rivalry, but there is no sabotage and no secrets with our recipes,” Margaret said.

This year, the pair has entered five fruit cakes each in four categories.

“We have entered the light, pumpkin, the Agricultural Society Council of NSW and the boiled fruit cake sections at the Grafton Show,” Ken said.

“We always seem to enter two cakes each in the boiled section.”

Margaret and Ken have grown up eating and baking fruit cake as well as watching their parents enter cakes in the show and were motivated to enter together after their father passed away.

“Dad passed away just before the show a few years ago and he was going to enter his fruit cake, so I decided to get baking,” Ken said.

“There have been no adjustments made to Mum and Dad's recipe over the years. It is an oldie but a goodie.”

While the siblings both enter the fruit cake competition, Margaret also enters the cross stitch, flowers and produce sections at the show.

“This year I have entered a piece that I made for my son and daughter in-law for their wedding in 2001 and a few flowers,” Margaret said.



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