The birthday cakes you used to make your kids 2

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Back in the 1980s, before children’s birthday parties went all showy and prizes were given to every child at the party for pass the parcel so that no one’s feelings were hurt, the only thing your children really cared about was the look of their birthday cake.

Mothers from everywhere would thoughtfully flick through the pages of the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake book, looking for the perfect cake for their child’s party.

There were your standard numbers, but there were also choo choo trains, Leonard the Lion, Little Miss Muffet, The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, and Hickory Dickory Watch.

We took a poll around the Starts at 60 office and came up with 10 of our favourites; you probably made them for your children.

Choo Choo Train
Choo Choo Train
Robert Robot
Robert Robot
Timothy Tiger
Timothy Tiger
The Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
The Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
Pirate
Pirate
Witch
Witch
Leonard the Lion
Leonard the Lion
Butterfly
Butterfly
Duck
Duck

Did you make your children’s birthday cakes? What was their favourite?

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  1. I always wanted a Dolly Varden cake. I guess that dates me a bit. Never did get one, back in those days we couldn’t afford the luxury. Today, not too many people would even know what that was.

  2. I took pride in coming up with my own ideas for birthday cakes and never had to resort to the WW book for ideas. If I made one for the first 17 birthdays for each child, that’s 85 cakes! One for my daughter’s fourth birthday was of an two-story white cottage with roses around the door. She’s 43 now and guess where she lives. In England, in a semi-detached
    house not unlike the cake.
    I wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t up to decorating the chocolate slab I’d made for my young son’s birthday, so I didn’t. Instead I took the small Tonka tractor which was his present and dug it into the top of the cake. It certainly went down well.
    I made a fish cake once with rows of jelly lollies for scales, cut in half with shiny side up. In the morning, another daughter and a foster child had tidied it up by eating all the jellies. It was a easy job to replace them-the lollies not the kids.
    For my husband’s 60th birthday, I covered the cake with 60 Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses.
    For our horsey daughter I decorated a cake with a horse, jumps and a pair of riding boots made out of licorice.
    As my daughter’s grew up, they became involved. I can remember one cake decorated like Salvador Dali’s Melting Clock.i hope the tradition continues.

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