failed lemon cake

not a recipe today, but a lament: sometimes cakes rise pretty and bake up golden, but they taste insipid and of nothing, really. this was supposed to be a lemony, buttery cake, and all it was was a soft, fluffy block of insipidness.

and to add insult to injury, the cake didn’t even last two days – stored in a container, as I always do – before it started to smell a little sour – in a bad spoiling sort of way, so I couldn’t even throw it into a trifle or some sort of mask-the-blahness confection.

have you any idea why some cakes spoil faster than others? I haven’t switched kitchens, and this was a standard butter-flour-lemon-egg recipes – I couldn’t really figure it out.

but onwards, and upwards! I’ve recently come back from a bali getaway – and I promise the photo-posts are coming soon.

10 thoughts on “failed lemon cake

  1. haha. its ok. lemon cake version 2, then. yes, we shld find more foodie kaki and organise a makan session. looking forward to your bali photos.

  2. i know the feeling of lousy cakes that don’t rise. from now on, i’m only buying phoon huat’s house brand of baking soda and powder. bake king’s red cap things killed 10 of my pound cakes :(

    • ten?! I can barely sleep after one cake fails – I’m so sorry that happened to you! was it because it was inactive? you can always do a quick check with water and vinegar (not that I am fastidious as to do this all the time)

      • I was like “ok, let’s try again, I’m sure it must have been a mistake”. and 2 repeated attempts later (with 3 cakes per batch or so).. all did not rise. Sigh! hehe. the fun and failures of baking.

      • sigh – did you throw them out? maybe you can foist them off serve them up to unknowing people and say “oh – this is a new kind of western kueh. it’s very dense right? it’s totally meant to be that way”.

        not that I condone such nefarious behaviour.

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