The Gunnedah branch of the Country Women’s Association is celebrating the top achievements of one of its youngest members.

Junior branch member Emily Meura, 8, has been congratulated after winning group and state CWA awards for cooking.

The delicious centrepiece of Emily’s achievement was her prize-winning tea cake – the perfect choice for a CWA cooking entry.

Mum Jo-an said Emily started baking when she was just four years old.

“She was fascinated how she can make different flavours of cupcakes on her own and is now exploring how she can make variety of Belgian waffle biscuits – a recipe passed on by her Belgian grandfather, Aime,” Jo-an said.

When Emily is not indulging in her passion for cooking, the Carinya Christian School pupil enjoys performing, learning the piano and improving her singing through local plays and shows with the Gunnedah Conservatorium.

Branch president Coralie Howe said it was “encouraging” to see Emily not only flying the CWA flag for Gunnedah but for all aspiring young cooks and bakers in the association.

The award acknowledgement coincided with Gunnedah CWA’s mini market held on Saturday.

The event featured several stalls with cakes and sweet treats, books, clothing and bric and brac.

CWA members also hosted a light morning tea for visitors and guests.

The mini market raised more than $800 for club coffers.

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