The Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book
Everyone I knew as a child had the book, and for your birthday you would get to pick a cake from the book. Unbeknownst to me, Mum would stay up all night to make the cake, assemble, decorate and present on your birthday. At the time I had no appreciation for just how much work it was. Now I do!
I managed to get an original copy of the book from UK eBay for a very reasonable £15 (these books sell on Australian eBay for up to $60AUD), and decided to make a cake for Graeme's birthday.
Presenting, the race car!
Not quite as aerodynamic as the original, and more metro-sexual pink than manly red, but a race car nonetheless!
Graeme had the unenviable task of making me an owl cake for my birthday. He disappeared into the kitchen for a couple of hours, and when he ventured out, he'd created a new friend!
As a kid, I don't remember what these cakes ever actually tasted like, but my god they are delicious! For the owl cake, Graeme included cocoa in the icing and it was perfect, it gave it a lovely hint of chocolate with the plain butter cake underneath.
I have now found out the book has been re-released in Australia - no doubt due to it's cult status amongst 20-somethings who want to recreate their childhood memories. If you want to get your hands on a copy, it's available at Australian newsagents and will be available in Big W shortly.