A HORSHAM woman has had a winning time at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Debbie Carman entered four decorated cakes in the show.
"I had a traditional wedding cake, which came first, a miniature cake, which came first, a birthday cake which came second and a Christmas cake, which came second," she said.
Mrs Carman also won most successful exhibitor at the show.
She said she started entering cakes in the show in the early 1990s.
"I took cakes to the show for 10 years in a row," she said.
"Then in 2009, I thought I'd have another go.
"I entered seven cakes and won seven firsts."
She entered again two years ago, winning a first and a second.
"Almost everything I have put into the Royal Melbourne Show has won a prize," she said.
Mrs Carman said it was nice to go back to the show after a few years off.
"Ten years ago, things were different and the style of decorated cakes has changed since then," she said.
"It is nice to go down and compete against different people."
She said winning the most successful exhibitor award was a total surprise.
"My eyesight is not as good any more, so just to get a place was really good," she said.
"People in Melbourne have more access to top decorators, they can go to classes and have professional teachers we don't have anything like that in the country."
Mrs Carman's son Steven has followed in her footsteps and also won an award at the Royal Melbourne Show.
She said Steven, 23, won first prize for a fruit cake. He had been making fruit cakes with his grandmother from an early age and decided he wanted to enter one.
"He often beats me with his fruit cakes," she said.
Steven's cake won overall in the Wimmera and then went on to the state finals in Melbourne.
"He was over the moon to win the state finals and so was I," Mrs Carman said.
"He thinks he now needs to teach me how to make fruit cakes."
Mrs Carman said entering this year's show was a last-minute decision. She entered in August and it had been 'nothing but cake making since then'.
"After I finished everything from the Royal Melbourne Show, I had to start work for the Horsham Show," she said.
She said she would think about entering again next year.
"It would be nice to," she said.