Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book
….and why everyone should own this book
I’ve had a few emails lately about recipes for children’s birthday cakes after my posts about Miffy cakes, Wild Thing cakes and Possum Magic cakes – because clearly a children’s book blog is a great place to find cake recipes.
I always gasp when an Australian asks me about birthday cakes for children because I assume that every house in Australia has a copy of the most awesome book ever printed in the country – ‘The Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book’.
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I’m not talking about the new versions of the book, with lots of fondant and no imagination…I’m talking about the TRAIN CAKE BOOK PEOPLE, the original birthday cake book. Thankfully it has been reprinted and you can get it here (Mum I can give your well-worn copy back now I suppose). This is a book loved and adored by generations of children and it even has songs written about it – take the time to watch Josh Earl’s excellent ode to the train cake – I’ve even seen this performed live.
This is the book that children and adults alike spend hours pouring over in the lead up to their birthday. Children go to bed dreaming of the lolly shop cake, the ducky chip cake and of course THE TRAIN CAKE. My sister had the piano cake on several occasions…I couldn’t have this one…I was really bad at playing the piano. I had the swimming pool a few times – I know you all know the one, with the blue jelly centre. Mum made the train cake for dad once and it was as good as the one on the cover.
I use the basic butter cake recipe in this book for almost all my shaped birthday cakes, just occasionally deviating to use Natalie’s excellent Yoghurt Raspberry Cake – see ChickPea shoving it in her gob below at her Cranky Ladybird Party. I love a good Woman’s Weekly recipe- they never fail – if they do, you’ve done something wrong. My favourite WW biscuit recipe is this one.
I’ve made many more than this, but here are some WW cakes that I could easily find a picture of (the shark cake was eaten by Rex Dog halfway through the party – sigh):
For all my bookish themed birthday parties, see here: