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Childrens Birthday Cake Book ("Australian Women's Weekly" Home Library) Paperback – January 10, 1998

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: "Australian Women's Weekly" Home Library
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd (January 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0949892742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0949892744
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Birthday Cakes from the "Australia Women's Weekly" book have been a feature of family birthdays for about 3 decades now, and my daughter's are using them for THEIR children's birthdays. There have been some spectacular fails, and some spectacular successes too. My children loved choosing their cake, which their Mum would make with every effort to mimic the one in the book. The recipes are easy, and the instructions are clear. Measurements are metric, of course, but are easy enough to adapt if you need to.
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This delightful birthday cake book is full of classic, good old-fashioned, imaginative cakes that even a novice like myself can whip together with great results.

In my early years as a young Mom, I was clueless in making anything other than a basic layer cake dotted with Smarties or gumdrops. This book unwittingly turned me into some kind of a cake baking cult hero Mom of the 1980's and 1990's. At birthday parties, my kid's friends would always say they wished their Moms made such cool and delicious cakes. It was humbling to see how excited the kids were, knowing full well in my mind how very simple and fun they were to make, craft and decorate. My cake baking status was embarassingly elevated, all thanks to this clever book and it's simplicity.

I originally purchased this book in the mid to late 1980's from a now closed Canadian store in a bargain bin. As I thumbed through the book, I was immediately drawn to the nice photographs of very cool cakes within those pages. Our children were both very young. I was nervous attempting the first one, but after that the cakes just became easier and easier and my confidence soared. I can't explain the joy and excitement of the children's faces over the years choosing their favourite birthday cakes each year from the fun pictures of appealingly kid (and adult) friendly cakes. They loved looking at the book over and over again to the extent that I often had to tuck the book away in the event they might accidentally destroy the book playing tug-of-war with it with their grubby little hands and wayward crayons.

The photos are detailed and the step-by-step instructions concise and well written.
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These cakes can be labor intensive (my daughter spent at least 6 hours assembling the train) but they are adorable and taste good too. Our 3 year old grandson was delighted with his train cake and the 5 year old grandson was delighted with the tiger cake. You need to have the time, energy and desire to assemble one of these but they are worth the effort. All the kids (and parents) found the cakes to be delightful and almost hated to cut into them.

I gave it 4 stars because of the time required to make some of the cakes. The directions are clear and some cakes are much easier than others. You also need lots of "trimmings" to make the cakes: licorice strings, chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows, etc. Most of the stuff is easy to find but you do need to have it to make the cakes look as good as they do in the book.
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Cookbook is missing a few pages, and there are a number of children's scribbles on the page... although this is to be expected when buying 2nd hand goods.
I love this book as it's not too hard to recreate the pictures
My mother made a number of these cakes from this cookbook for my birthdays growing up- Now It's My Turn!!! :)
I'd recommend this book to anyone whose mastered the basic birthday cakes and want to try something a little more intricate
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Oh my God, I remember this book from when I was little. My sister and I, both born in January, used to borrow it from my Aunty and spend hours poring over it discussing what cakes we could have. We were only allowed these cakes on "special" birthdays which, hmmmm, were only 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. Not sure what that big gap in the middle was about, clearly we were deprived children. Anyway, this was THE book. And it still is in so many ways. My two year old took off with it as soon as it arrived and spent what seemed like hours (but was probably only a blissful 20 minutes) flicking through it. He quickly grasped that he could choose something for his third birthday and eventually decided on the rocket cake (balanced precariously on cardboard fins, great). It was delightful to see the magic transferring down a generation, which is why I give it such a high rating. It is now a bit dated though... I had forgotten that it's divided into "For Boys" and "For Girls" sections. Rather hilariously, the "For Girls" section contains a sewing machine cake, a sewing basket cake, a dressing table cake and, just when you think it couldn't get any worse, a stove cake(!). That aside, it's much more creative and exciting than the more modern edition and it also contains a lot of ideas to kick start your own creativity.
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I used this book for all three of my children . They would page through it every birthday and choose their cake. They would sit on the kitchen counter and help decorate the cake. They remember the book so well and were thrilled to get one for their own children
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