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04 May 2012 @ 02:15 pm
Let them eat cake!  

I brought a cake to the butcher today, as promised a few months ago. :)

Luckily for me, the man who’d asked for it originally was there, and I said if he didn’t mind, I needed a moment of his time. He said “You’ve my full attention!”

So I said to him that a few months ago I’d been in and had bought some small eggs rather than large, and he’d been giving me a hard time about it, but I’d said I preferred the smaller ones for baking, which I liked to do, and that he had said, “You should make us a cake!” at the time.

His eyes got very round and he said, “Ah, no, ye never…”

I said, “I did!” and produced the cake from beneath the buggy while he kept saying, “No, ye didn’t so, you did…! Thank you! Ye never, but…what kind is it,” asked he, as he tugged the plastic wrap away from the top.

“Lemon,” said I, and he got a whiff and his eyes got even bigger. (It was a very lemony cake, made from my Perfect Lemon Cake recipe, and it was probably the best PLC I’ve made, in fact. I know this because it’s a generous recipe so I had enough to make not only a sheet cake, but a handful of cupcakes so we could taste test it. :))

“It smells garges*,” said he, and to the man next to him, “Take a whiff of this! This lady bought eggs a while back and I slagged her and said she ought to make us a cake and she did!” Another butcher walked by and he said, “Smell this!” to that one too, and to me he said, “I ought to slag you more often!”

I allowed as how he should, and he spluttered more thanks, and I went off very very pleased with myself as he was walking through the shop making everybody inhale the cake’s scent and telling the story over again. :)

ETA: I should’ve known to just link to it in the first place: here is the Perfect Lemon Cake recipe, tidied up and shaped more like a recipe than what I actually originally posted years ago. :)


(x-posted from the essential kit)

GM Ceosannaceosanna on May 4th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
You totally just made his (and his coworkers) day!

Also? All I can think of is "NOM lemon cake NOM, want some right now!" (Thanks for the recipe!)
jamileigh17jamileigh17 on May 4th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic! :D You totally made his week, at least!
(Also, oooh that cake sounds fantastic, I'm so saving that recipe for the next excuse I have to bake a cake)
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on May 4th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, that recipe looks good. *bookmarked*
TuftEars: Happytuftears on May 4th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Heehee. You are such, such, such a sweetheart. ^_^
Marithmarith on May 4th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
That is so cool. :) And yum, lemon cake!
katedonovan: MECH GIRLkatedonovan on May 4th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Been wondering about that! Lemon, yum. Can't wait to try it.
Alix (Tersa): Good Eatstersa on May 4th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
I should’ve known to just link to it in the first place

Yes, you should have. :)

Randomnessr_ness on May 6th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
That is, in fact, awesome.
Megabitchmegabitch on May 7th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... unable to stand up for long enough to bake/cook right now (ruptured discs in my spine in addition to the fibromyalgia make me a not happy bunny), wonder if I can bully my son into trying this...

"stick of butter" is about 4 ounces aka half a standard UK block of butter? I have cup measures, but almost always forget what a stick is :)
kitmizkit on May 7th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
A stick of butter is 4oz, yes. :)

God almighty, sorry to hear about your spine!