M'boro home baker wins at Ekka with fruit cake
A COUPLE of licks of rum and Maryborough's Robert Ullmann has won - another first at the Brisbane Ekka.
Mr Ullmann is a grand cook and says there is not enough room in the kitchen for two - lucky his wife Judith is a keen gardener.
He had come a long way since his packet cake debut at the Fraser Coast Show some 20 years ago.
The home baker has been entering cakes, puddings and sweets at shows in Gympie, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Toowoomba, Murgon, Woodford and the Brisbane Ekka, bringing home firsts, seconds and overall champions for more than 20 years.
Some years he has had up to 55 entries in the cake, jams and relish sections as show fever raged through the Ullmann kitchen.
And he has taken the cake again this year, coming home from the Brisbane Ekka with the blue rosette for his popular fruit cake.
Mr Ullmann entered seven cakes and puddings bringing home six placings including Most Successful Exhibitor Open Fruit Cakes and Puddings and said he loved the competition.
"In the last five years, with this fruit cake, I have won three years in a row and got two seconds," he said.
"This is the one I really strive for."
Mr Ullmann spends five hours washing, drying and cutting all the fruit.
"I think attention to detail on the fruit and the three coats of rum I give it are the secret to my wins," he said.
"I shouldn't give away my secrets, but it has paid dividends and I love the challenge."