When the friendly lady behind the counter requested “$1.70 please,” I replied, “excuse me?” Yes, this lamington was just $1.70. With pricing straight out of the nineties, how could you go wrong at Ashgrove’s Golden King Bakery.
Sitting down to survey my low-cost lamington that afternoon, I began to think it was a little too square for my liking. Should lamingtons be quite so brick-like, I wondered. Was this lamington too cheap? I sliced it in two to reveal a firm, dense sponge and I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first bite. The icing was set, rather than sticky, and the cake was a little closer to butter cake than sponge cake. I would have liked a lighter sponge, but the slightly heavier cake was nicely offset by the firmer icing.
On the whole, this was a lamington I really enjoyed. With a cup of Earl Grey and a novel, I felt entirely satisfied. It was also a generous size, and, at the budget price of $1.70 it might be Brisbane’s cheapest lamington.
On another note, I am just now realising that a blog about lamingtons is not a very visually appealing thing. Perhaps we’ll have to resort to eating some pink lamingtons for the sake of some colour. But I do detest pink lamingtons.