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Cakespedition: Farmers Daughter, Yarralumla

Lemon Meringue Pie, Farmers Daughter, YarralumlaThursday was one of those days in which every minute feels like ten. When you find yourself looking at the clock at 11am, despairing over the fact that it surely should be home-time yet you still have a seemingly endless expanse of work hours before you.

A day where your mind feels wonkysplash enough that, while walking through the central area of your building (which is shared by many other businesses and people), you find yourself not only singing songs from Guys and Dolls at the top of your lungs but frenetically fake-tap dancing too. Simply to bring some joy into your day.

Or maybe that’s just me.

Long Black, Farmers Daughter, YarralumlaI don’t know what would’ve happened on Thursday if I hadn’t had a Cakespedition with Dad planned. Most likely there would’ve been an incident with me, a climbable tree, pens woven into my hair with streamers, and a dramatic rendition of “I Will Survive“.

But I guess we’ll never know.

For our second Cakespedition, Dad and I made our way to Farmers Daughter, a cafe in Yarralumla known for its fantastic coffee. My decaf long black was happily devoid of sourness, and my Dad was impressed with his flat white.

Flat White, Farmers Daughter, Yarralumla

But, look, we all know the point of a Cakespedition isn’t coffee. It’s sweetness.

After much deliberation in front of the cake cabinet, Dad ordered the Chocolate Trio and I chose the Lemon Meringue Tart. Minutes later, our barista-slash-waiter placed the Lemon Meringue Tart and a New York Baked Cheesecake before us.

“Ah,” I said, looking at the cheesecake with yearning. “We didn’t actually order cheesecake.”

The server reached to pick up the plate.

“Wait,” Dad interjected, thoughtfully. “You might as well just leave it here and add it to our bill. I think we can manage three desserts.”

And that, my friends, is how I know I’m not adopted.

New York Baked Cheesecake, Farmers DaughterKeeping the cheesecake was a very good decision, as it proved to be exactly the kind of cheesecake I occasionally crave. Dense, dense, dense and tangy is the cheesecake of my heart; I want no part in any floofy light unbaked wobbly mousse-like cheesecake.

Chocolate Trio, Farmers DaughterYou all know by now that I have no interest in chocolate desserts, so after one spoonful of the Chocolate Trio, I was happy to leave it alone. In truth, Dad didn’t entirely love this mousse cake either, finding it slightly gelatinous.

That said, I certainly would have eaten more if it had come with a jar of peanut butter.

Lemon Meringue Pie, Farmers Daughter, YarralumlaLemon Meringue Tart, Farmers Daughter, CanberraI couldn’t resist the individual Lemon Meringue Tart with its burnished mountain cap of fluffy meringue hiding a pool of lemon curd within. The meringue was (of course) very sweet but ethereally light, and the pastry base had a pleasant biscuit taste, avoiding the soggy butter-blandness that I dread in pastry.

The lemon curd could have been a bit tangier to better balance the sweetness of the meringue, but that’s personal preference as I like desserts that aren’t too sweet.

Thank you, Dad, for another fabulous Cakespedition, and for saving me from embarrassing myself in some sort of dreadful cabin fever way back at the office. It was a delicious way to be so saved.

Question Time: What are your coping mechanisms on days that drag on?

57 comments | Leave your own

  1. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Ahh this is making me so hungry! And I just started a two-week sugar cleanse grrr.
    I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately, and have been going on long walks in the park. The sunshine definitely helps too

  2. Hotly Spiced

    You have the best time when you go out with your dad on cakespeditions. I love how you had the three desserts! The heights of that lemon meringue is amazing and I always love a slice of cheesecake xx

  3. Lou

    I love reading about your cake eating adventures…. bummer on the chocolate trio… that’s probably what I would have ordered. I make a pretty mean lemon tart, it has something like 9 eggs in it, HA. Lemon curd MUST be super tart and tangy in my opinion, otherwise go home I say 😉

  4. Lizzi

    I feel like this entry should be called ‘Farmer’s Daughter/Father’s Daughter’.

  5. Johanna GGG

    You sound like a character in a musical so I would love to hear that you burst into song upon tasting your cake (but it is too much to hope isn’t it)

    You can have the lemon meringue pie and the chocolate trio – that cheesecake sounds just my thing! Which just goes to show that although chocolate desserts are wonderful they aren’t always the best – sounds like a great mistake from the wait staff. Glad the cakespedition brightened your day – I could do with a few of them last week

  6. Tina

    yummmm 🙂 Cakexpedition indeed!!

  7. Silvia

    That cheesecake… I would have kept it as well! 😀

  8. Three-Cookies

    Maybe the waiter knew the choc trio was not the best, hence he intentionally brought the cheesecake?

  9. msihua

    DISNEY SING A Longs of course!

  10. Hannah

    What truly beautiful desserts. Makes me miss making plated desserts… They just have such an elegance to them. This sounds like my favorite sort of outing. 🙂

  11. Catherine

    Gorgeous cakes and how polite of you to finish off the third one!

    To cope I run away. Hop in the car and drive to the mountains. Or into town to drool over shoes.

  12. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Awr I love your Cakespeditions!! Singing and fake tapdancing = automatic mood improvement.

    I hate those neverending days of blah, but I find that friends, bouncy music, yoga, and exclaiming loudly in french help 🙂

  13. Choc Chip Uru

    Aww daddy bonding is much fun right? Love my daddykins too 😉
    What a wonderful cake day for you too – bonding is best over sweets (of which there seem to be prime examples of right here!)

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Ohhh I’ve been waiting for this post hehe the cakes all look SO amazing!!! I really want to try the lemon meringue tart! I had a really bad one yesterday sighhh 🙁 this one sure looks better ~ I wish my dad would go ‘cake-hunting’ with me ~

  15. Y

    Cakespeditions, three cakes for two.. how awesome is your dad!

  16. Gary

    That looked so good. Cakes = Happiness 🙂

  17. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    OK so tell me missy, has this prompted you to bring your own mini jar of peanut butter along with you to outings? 😉

    1. Emma

      I doubt that Hannah would ever put ‘mini’ and ‘peanut butter’ together in the same sentence 😉

  18. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    Mmm, I would travel to the end of the earth for a good piece of cheesecake – looks yummy!

  19. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    I love that you go on cake adventures with your Dad! That’s super cool. The lemon meringue looks lovely… lemon desserts are easily my favourite! Good post!

  20. Emma

    Finally, you had a good cheesecake!

    Next time I make a meringue anything, I want to style mine like yours – it’s lovely, and geometrically pleasing. I would join you in frenetic fake tap-dancing, and singing as well. xo!

  21. Errign

    I’m rather certain that if anything came alongside a jar of peanut butter, I would eat it. I realized I’m not adopted when my dad and I went out to dinner with extended family and we took turns throwing things at each other…ooops.

  22. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    I need a cakespedition in my life – how have I never had one?? I think this could be the answer to a lot of problems…
    I love the word “wonkysplash” and I love the way your dad’s mind works… that’s one top dad, right there!
    And I agree about the chocolate desserts thing, weirdly, given how addicted I am to the real McCoy – I’d always go for a cheesecake or banoffee pie or apple crumble or caramel ice cream or… *brings herself back to reality with a jerk* 🙂

  23. Nic@diningwithastud

    Love the presentation of all of these 🙂 I’d quite happily devour each of them

  24. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    My coping mechanism is to read blogs that I love. Yep, one of those afternoons! Well, not that bad. but it’s slightly dragging. my eyes are drooping. enter lovely blogs. Why don’t more desserts (or meals, for that matter) come with a jar of PB?
    Heidi xo

  25. whisperinggums

    And I loved the delicate lavender macaroon that was brought home to me … I’d forgotten what I very nice macaroon tastes like as I’ve had a few so-so ones in recent times.

    As for coping … putting on music, reading a book in a sunny spot (if it’s a cool day) or a shady spot (on a hot day), doing some yoga perhaps, or even just watching a favourite show with whatever daughter that happens to be around!

  26. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    hahaha i love how you and your dad have cake eating dates. if only my stomach could keep up with all those sweets. you are too lucky to have a good working tummy!

  27. hungryandfrozen

    Your Dad is shrewd.
    Fake tap dancing was shrewd. (Will remember that next time I’m in the photocopier room)
    The word ‘floofy’ can’t be anything but floofy, but I’m going to remember it well in case I need to shrewdly drop it into the conversation.

  28. Louise

    I so love the whole cakespedition concept. And I shall have to keep Farmers Daughter in mind when next in our nations capital! It looks fab.

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