Aussies reminisce as Sylvia Jeffreys creates iconic Women’s Weekly birthday cake

Aug 16, 2020
Sylvia Jeffreys created a delicious cake for friend Ben Fordham from the iconic Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book. Source: Instagram/ Ben Fordham & Sylvia Jeffreys

Baby Boomers would remember pulling out the famous Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book each year and getting their kids to pick their favourite one for their special day. From trains, to dolls and farm scenes the book was much loved by both the young and old.

Over the years it has been pulled out yet again with grandkids this time requesting a creative cake for their birthdays. And now, it seems the younger generations are jumping on the bandwagon to create the cakes themselves, including Today Extra host Sylvia Jeffreys.

The 34-year-old headed to the kitchen this week to whip up a treat for her friend and fellow presenter Ben Fordham – and the results are pretty impressive! The racing track cake is made into the shape of an eight, and topped with delicious chocolate icing and of course some matchbox cars.

You see, Ben missed out on getting the cake for his eighth birthday and as the great friend she is Sylvia wanted to make it up to him by baking it herself – even though his birthday isn’t until November.

A very excited Ben took to social media this week to share a snap of the cake, and explain just how thrilled he was to receive it.

“Oh my… I told @sylviajeffreys I missed out on the racing track cake when I turned eight so she baked it for me,” he wrote on the post shared to Instagram. “She’s bringing it into the radio show at 8.40am. I feel that I’ve lived a full life but this is one that I never ticked off the bucket list.

“You can bake a cake and raise money for the brilliant @youngcareoz. It doesn’t even have to be your birthday. I’m so happy. Shake and bake.”

Sylvia was also impressed with her efforts, posting a photo to Instagram with Ben and her son Oscar.

“Gotta say, I’m pretty pleased with this effort. This is proof that ANYONE can take on the #yourcake challenge with @youngcareoz & @womensweeklymag,” she wrote. “Huge thanks @benfordham9 for having us on your show this morning and for being such a happy recipient of the race track.”

She added: “Oscar’s going to have high birthday expectations after this.”

Her post received plenty of attention from fellow Aussies, who remember making the cakes themselves for their kids, or receiving one for their birthday growing up.

“Awesome cake – I remember picking that one out from my grandma’s Women’s Weekly cake book when I was a kid,” @warwickhall commented.

“Great job Sylvia. Brings back fun memories of baking birthday cakes for my boys. Old school gold!” @debconstatine said. While @rebeccapower1 added: “Looks better than the original! Love how bub is pointing to it!”

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