It's a sentiment very much felt by those in the entertainment industry, with an avalanche of tributes to Cal shared following her death.
Many of her contemporaries struggled to comprehend how we could have lost such a bright light at such a young age.
Wendy Moore, group general manager of Foxtel who produces Bake Off, said in a statement that Cal "instantly brought her unique sparkle" to the show when she joined last year.
Cal's Bake Off co-host Natalie Tran also broke down in tears on The Project, saying, "I don't think you could find a single person who would have anything bad to say about [Cal].
"Cal was like working with a Santa Clause who didn't care if you were naughty or nice, you got presents anyway...She was one of the greatest human beings you could meet."
While Cal was born in New Zealand, Australians had adopted her as one of their own. After getting her start in improv and stand-up comedy in her homeland, Cal moved to Melbourne in 2003.
She performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 14 years and was on its board, and also appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
But it was on television that Aussies really fell in love with Cal's famously dry sense of humour and joyful spirit.
She regularly appeared on shows such as Good News Week, Have You Been Paying Attention? and Spicks and Specks. She also competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2008, and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! in 2022.
Away from the spotlight, Cal was happily married to teacher Chris Woods.
They met in a Melbourne bar the year Cal moved there. She originally thought Chris would make a "great fling" - only to marry him five years later!
The couple shared a son - Digby, now 14.
In an interview just two months before her death, Cal spoke about how she would like Digby to remember her.
"I think it will be for pancakes because that's a fairly regular weekend thing," Cal told the Bakeology podcast.
She added that they also "make a lot of gingerbread together and he goes off with the lump of dough as any good child should."