The ingredients to a successful Royal Easter Show

Major Cathryn Williamson's recipes for her award winning slices are available in her current book "2 Thumbs Up".
Major Cathryn Williamson's recipes for her award winning slices are available in her current book "2 Thumbs Up".

Cowra Salvation Army’s Major Cathryn and Captain Mark Williamson have taken on the Sydney Royal Easter Show’s cooking competition again.

Cathryn entered the Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Sponge, Carrot Cake, Lamingtons, Slice and Cupcakes categories.

Mark entered the Rich Plain Cake, Orange Cake and Sponge Roll categories.

After major wins last year Cathryn believes they didn’t perform very well this year.

She received a third place in the Slice category and Mark received a highly commended in the Rich Plain Cake category.

“I think for a lot of the categories the judges had trouble narrowing it down to first, second and third, so the competition was tougher,” she said.

Cathryn said the only secret to her entries was following the recipe and not using home brand golden syrup in caramel slice.

“It’s important you follow the recipe, especially for the vanilla slice and caramel slice, whatever recipe you use,” she said.

“I do know you can’t use home brand golden syrup in caramel slice, it doesn’t set.”

Cathryn said she hadn’t changed much for this year’s competition, and that she was looking forward to next year already.

“I’ll try to mix it up, I might enter the marble cake competition again, the judges weren’t happy with the marbling in the cakes entered this year.

Major Cathryn Williamson's slice on display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Major Cathryn Williamson's slice on display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

“Plus I got first place in that category four years ago,” she said.

This year the pair were joined by Canowindra Show Under 13’s Champion, Jake Hamilton, who took out first prize with his Gingerbread and second prize with his Plain Scones.

“I would encourage anyone to enter the shows, because without those entries the pavilion is empty,” she said.

Both Cathryn and Mark’s slices continue to be available at their cake stall at Bunnings and their community market stall.

If you would like to try you hand at her award winning slices the recipes are in her cookbook “2 Thumbs Up” available at the Cowra Salvation Army Family Store and Riverside Markets for $10

She will also have a second cook book of cakes, muffins and loafs out by Christmas.