Local baker dripping in accolades

March 16, 2017

Success: Cobram Bakery and Cafe's baker Kyla Wagner took home three awards from the Victoria Baking Show held in Shepparton last weekend.

An award-winning local bakery apprentice has returned home from another competition with more trophies.

Kyla Wagner, from the Cobram Bakery Cafe, entered the Baking Association of Australia’s 2017 Victorian Baking Show in Shepparton on March 4, taking home three awards.

More than 500 people entered baked goods into 38 different categories for the show, which accepted entries from professional and novice bakers.

Ms Wagner took out second and third place in the class 19 two small individual flavoured tartlets section, with her lemon meringue and almond meal and raspberry tart entries.

She also took out second place in the class 29 254mm maximum gateau category with her strawberry gateau.

Her fourth entry only just missed out on scoring her a fourth trophy, finishing in fourth place.

Ms Wagner said there was plenty of work going into her entries for the show, including trial-and-error to find the perfect recipes.

‘‘With the cake, I worked on it the day before the show because I wanted to set the jelly and make sure the strawberry syrup had plenty of flavour,’’ she said.

‘‘A few of the cakes I’d done previously for competitions haven’t worked out that well, so for this one to turn out great like it did, and for it to take second place, that was amazing.’’

Ms Wagner said she won one category at last year’s competition, so she was excited to have improved significantly with this year’s awards.

She said the next thing she would be focusing on was practising and preparing for the Baking Association of Australia’s 2017 Excellence in Baking awards, where last year she took out the Victorian pastry cook title.

‘‘It’s still a few months before, but we should get the criteria soon and I’ll start to prepare for it,’’ she said.

Ms Wagner thanked her boss, bakery owner Darren Withers, who also made time to take her to a trade show at the awards.

‘‘He’s been really supportive, and lets me take the time to do these kind of things, whereas others might not,’’ she said.

Mr Withers said Kyla had been an outstanding and efficient employee ever since she started.

‘‘She has a great passion for baking and is always looking for new and different ideas to bring to our shop,’’ he said.

‘‘Kyla is only happy when everything turns out 100 per cent, and that’s why she has had great success in the competitions she’s been entering in.’’

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