Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Lemon Cake

Remember our lemons? They were green on our tiny balcony tree for nearly a whole year before they finally came good.


With my parents on their way to visit us, I decided to bake a cake (as always, they drove up from Brisbane giving us plenty of lead-time before they arrived. I could have baked the cake at least four times over during the days it took them to get here).

The mixture was good and thick (a whole 250g butter) and it gave my poor old mixer a work out. I got that mixer back in 1997 - the year of Bittersweet Symphony. (Where were you when they were playing that song? I was in Cash Converters in The Valley in Brisbane, searching for a stack of CDs that had been stolen out of the house I was sharing with two other students, an architect and a guy who was in a band. I'd heard that if you could spot a good number of your own CDs in Cash Converters the day after your house got broken into, they'd generally let you have them back for free. Unfortunately they didn't have my CDs, but they did have this cool retro mixer for $7.)

Sadly, the thick mixture was too much for the little old mixer, and she gave out before the mixing was completely done.

After half an hour in the oven the cake was still a bit mishapen - but it did taste OK.

Goodbye little old mixer. RIP. I wish I could go back to 1997 and get another one.

8 comments:

tanya said...

I have a mixer just like that one. I call it The Dead Lady's Mixer. When I was moving into my own place up here, still a struggling student with nothing but a bag of clothes and a bike, I went to a garage sale where a woman was selling all of her recently deceased mother's belongings. I got a stack of stuff for hardly any money, and included in the bottom of the box was a retro green mixer with a super long cord. I hate to think it would ever not work. Hope you find another. And if not, you can always borrow mine :)

tanya said...

BTW - hope you have a great time with your parents up here.

Naomi said...

My mixer was probably a dead lady's too. I never let myself think about how it had got into Cash Converters in the first place ..

tunabake said...

i chose not to buy a jumper once as the lady behind the counter said it had just come in from a deceased estate - she could have died in it!!!!! i would prefer not to know xcx

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha-- I think that cake looks DELISH!!!!!!!!

~bluepoppy

Eileen said...

I think I own that same mixer- only instead of green it has an orange color accent....

Cake looks amazing.

Naomi said...

Ah yes, the other great colours of the 1970s. I once answered an ad for a room for rent: "if you think brown and orange look great in a kitchen, then come and live with us." When I got there, I found that the rest of the interior was avocado green. Yup.

tanya said...

Mmmm - sound like the kitchen in the house I grew up in. My mother waited until about two years ago before she got rid of the orange cupboards. But I think it's too late - I'm scarred.