Saturday, 25 August 2012

I served mouldy cake to my friends

I served mouldy cake to my friends. Accidentally of course. I had some too. Even then, I’m not entirely sure it was mouldy when I gave it to them. Brought home from the local patisserie in a crisp white box. It tasted fine, looked great. Glazed and glossy with pear slices and almond meal. I think I ate two pieces.

There was some left over. The next day, I admired the leftover cake sitting quietly under the glass cake dome. I love the sight of a beautifully presented cake. It makes my heart sing. With my cup of tea freshly brewed, I took the knife to cut off a slice of moist pear cake. Lifting the dome, I didn’t notice at first, but as I looked down deciding where to place the knife, there it was. Alive and robustly growing outwards like tiny little caterpillar fur. Mould. Lots of it.

Well. Into the bin it went. My cup of tea tasted slightly sad after that. Disappointed that the cake had let down it’s end of the bargain. It was meant to be in my mouth, not the bin.

So, sorry to my friends, hope I didn’t make you sick. Next time you come around, I’ll open a packet of biscuits.

(Although, you never can be certain of anything. I once unwrapped a chocolate bar only to find it had a bite taken out of it. But that’s a story for another time…)


  1. Hello Jenni! Pleased to make your acquaintance. I do like your pictures+words - especially your story about the rat's tail. When he gets old, my husband wants to be the kind of old man who wears his pajamas down to the corner store. I will tell him to hold on to his dream!
    And as for serving mouldy cake - I once served honey to my friend who had stayed over, and had honey on toast for breakfast. Unbeknownst to me, the honey was COVERED (so covered, it had a thick black layer) with dead ants. My friend bravely scooped the honey onto her toast and ate it. "Extra protein", she said later, when I realized what had happened. That's real friendship for you, eh!
    Cheers, Mook

  2. Hi Mook, Well, your ant story made me laugh and I feel a little better about the mouldy cake incident! I like how you slipped the word 'unbeknownst' in your comment. I think it's such an excellent word I'm going to use it in a conversation tomorrow.