Josephine Bridger (95) preparing renowned recipe for Great Wanneroo Bake Off


Josephine Bridger and her famous lemon butter cake. Picture: Martin Kennealey d453087
Josephine Bridger and her famous lemon butter cake. Picture: Martin Kennealey d453087

WANNEROO resident Josephine Bridger has been making her renowned lemon butter cake for 90 years.

The 95-year-old will put it to the test against other savvy bakers at the inaugural Great Wanneroo Bake Off on May 8.

Mrs Bridger would not give away her mother’s recipe but said quality ingredients were a must, including homemade lemon butter using lemons from her backyard.

“Everyone eats it, everyone loves it,” she said.

“That’s my specialty.”

Mrs Bridger bakes every day using her vintage scales and wood stove, which she said provides “even cooking”.

Family and friends are the beneficiaries, with occasions always including a spread of delights from her repertoire, such as coffee cake, lamingtons, chocolate fudge cake and pasties.

Though Mrs Bridger maintains cooking is her hobby, she was a regular winner at the Wanneroo Agricultural Show for 35 years and won the perpetual trophy 15 times from 1989 to 2006.

The Bake Off marks her return to competitions but she is not after accolades.

“I just love cooking and that’s it,” she said.

The event forms part of the City of Wanneroo’s Mother’s Day picnic, held at Cockman House from 2pm to 5pm.

Entry forms available here.