Champion M'boro baker has cake walk at the Ekka
ROBERT Ullmann has the best-fed chooks in town.
After picking up his award-winning two-week old cakes and sweets from the Brisbane Exhibition - "they aren't much good for anything else".
Mr Ullmann submitted 22 entries and walked away from the Ekka and state cooking competitions with a fistful of ribbons and certificates.
He came third in the Dark Rich Fruit Cake category in the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Society sub chamber near north coast.
"I spend three to four hours just preparing the fruit - washing, deseeding and hand cutting the sultanas, raisins and cherries.
"Then the cake goes into the oven for five and a half hours - then, in the time leading up to the competitions, I give them several good licks of rum."
Mr Ullmann said this year he had won the fruit cake section of the Fraser Coast Show, Bundaberg Show and the Woodford competition.
"I still get pleasure, but I'm a competitor and I like to win; plus it's a waste of time putting in a cake not up to standard."
He said he was also particular with weights - "right to the gram".
"Never put a spike into the cake to see if it is cooked because you can be sure when the judges cut it open there will be the skewer mark and the judges take points off you."
The seasoned cook said he talks to the judges.
"You get to know what a judge likes and they leave comments with the entries.
"I got a comment on my carrot cake that the nuts were to big and that my fruit cake was nice but a little overcooked.
"I also make birthday cakes for family and craft groups - I do give a lot away.
"I've been cooking a long time but I'm still learning."