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Cookery chief stewart Gaena Duncan in action.
Cookery chief stewart Gaena Duncan in action.

Dedicated cake lovers spent hundreds of hours making detailed and stunning entries for this year's Perth Royal Show decorative cake competition.

Judges from the Cake Decorators Association spent yesterday looking at the colour, design, texture and balance of 70 entries.


The cakes - a glorious array from colourful and arty designs to stunning traditional wedding cakes - were scored out of 100.

Forget about throwing together a chocolate cake. Each of these cakes took more than two months of shaping, piping and decorating.

Cake steward Gail Dorter said judges were looking for innovation and a high level of technical skill.

"We do go on a degree of difficulty, and also if you've copied something straight out of a book, we'll know," Ms Dorter said.

"So you get marks for your imagination and whether it's new and innovative.

"But each section has different criteria. It isn't just a matter of standing back and saying 'that's pretty'."

Ms Dorter said interest continued to grow in all areas related to learning how to cook at home at a high level.

The association's classes were thriving and she described it as a "fraternity" filled with friendship and learning.

The Perth Royal Show will run from this Saturday until Saturday, October 8.

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