Before there were fondant cakes made into all shapes and sizes, there was the humble Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but so are the delicious cakes!
The book’s blurb reads:
The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Children’s Birthday Cake Book was first published in 1980 and has sold more than half a million copies. In response to all the requests we have had, often from mothers who remember fondly all the cakes from their own childhood, we have taken this book from our archives and reprinted it 30 years after it first appeared. We have had to make a minor change – four of your little friends are missing, but they’ve been replaced by other cakes you’ll love just as much. Apart from that we’ve left it just as it was – a true collectors’ cookbook especially for you. Now you can recreate your favourite cakes – the swimming pool, rocket and that train from the cover for your own child.
Our children would excitedly pick out which cake they wanted you to make and you’d go to all lengths to make it look like the picture. Looking back now, the photos were imperfect but we always thought they were fabulous – it just adds to the “vintage” charm!
Do you remember buying this book when it was first released 35 years ago in 1980? What cakes did you make from it?