The Sponge Cake Queen…Friday Fictioneers.

This year the judging of the Best Sponge Cake at the Royal Sydney Easter Show was breaking with tradition. In addition to the regular judging panel from the Country Women’s Association, Melissa Leong from Masterchef was guest judge. She couldn’t wait to slice into Madge Gerbera’s sponge. She’d won Best in Show for 25 years, and was “the Sponge cake Queen”. However, the knife couldn’t cut through. There was something odd in the middle of the cake. Meanwhile, back home Grandma couldn’t find her teeth. Last seen when she helped herself to the mix. Humph! This was a truly unforgettable sponge.


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Ever since I was a small child, I’ve had an acute phobia of false teeth. So, while for some finding a rodent of any description in their cake would give them the horrors, for me, it would be a set of false teeth.

I had actually planned to write about my mother and her sponge cakes. She was the sponge cake Queen of our family and friends and she added a bit of melted butter and warm milk to her sponge cake. She icing them with passionfruit icing, filled them with cream, but also kept a piece plain for my Dad who doesn’t like icing.

The recipe came from a family friend, Val Gerber, who I believe had won at the Brisbane Show and the recipe was printed on the back of the Fielder’s Cornflour as “Val’s Sponge”. I remember meeting Val when I was a little girl out on the farm. We were treated to a very special country afternoon tea where the table almost sank under the weight of all the cakes and treats. Yum!

I hope this story hasn’t made you too hungry!

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted byΒ Rochelle Wishoff-Fields. PHOTO PROMPT Β© Todd Foltz.

Best wishes,



32 thoughts on “The Sponge Cake Queen…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. pensitivity101

    A friend of my grandfather’s fourth wife always came to them for his evening meal. We lived with them for almost a year, and at 16, I found it most upsetting when he would take his teeth out and put them on the tablecloth as he sucked his meal. In the end, I tried to avoid mealtimes.

  2. Sandra

    That might be the last sponge cake she’ll ever face. I share your feelings re false teeth ever since my gran handed me hers and asked me to brush them for her.

  3. Gary A Wilson

    Gosh. . .
    Rowena – this was too unexpected,
    bizarre and
    hysterical. . !
    Yes, that is the word for anyone on the outside of such an incident.
    What a scene.

  4. msjadeli

    Imagining how Madge must have reacted to the whole incident. Such an entertaining story and appreciate the addendum as well.

  5. Tannille

    Haha I thought it was a real article until the end. An OMG moment. This would make a great skit for those old comedy shows we use to have Fast Forward / Full Frontal.

  6. Michael Humphris

    You painted so many images. I never expected false teeth in a cake. Made me smile

  7. trishsplace

    I have found some quite unpleasant ‘creature’ offerings in commercial food products over the years. Not false teeth though πŸ™‚

  8. Rowena Post author

    Yikes. We used go to this animal farm with a cafe and you could help bottle feed the calves and they’d stick their hands in their mouth afterwards like a dummy. One day, a visitor did that and apparently her wedding ring got sucked off and swallowed and the keepers were left searching for it. The ring never turned up. So, whether they were just trying to claim insurance I’m not sure but it makes for a good story. Did you end up cooking your ring or did you get it out first?
    Best wishes,

  9. Rowena Post author

    I have a strange mind, Gary. I don’t think being out of circulation for so long is doing me any favours either. How are things at your end? Hope you’re keeping well and safe.
    Best wishes,

  10. Gary A Wilson

    Well, I’m not ready to join the movement of those who agree with you having a strange mind. Too many negative implications to that thought. I’m rather fond of how your mind works so let’s find a better adjective–I’ll see your “strange” and “raise” you to, umm, “ebullient” or maybe, “probative”.

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