After the last post you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only cake I know how to make is a quickmix in a baba tin.* Not true. Once upon a time I was a younger mother with much more energy than I have these days, and from the very first birthday (of, in the end, three children), I started making novelty cakes. At first I copied them out of the Womens Weekly Birthday Cake books – but after a few years I became a little more daring and, dare I say it, creative, and I branched out and did my own thing – with varying results.
[*A ring tin with fancy moulding, called also by other names which I cannot recall.]
It also used to lead to just a bit of Stress! in the lead up to party time – a kitchen in complete chaos with bowls of coloured frosting, cut up lollies, and cake crumbs everywhere. And me in a flap, covered in frosting, trying to ignore the rolled eyes of a husband who didn’t really *get* why I brought this on myself.
Some years they might have even ended up with a few cakes – the main feature for a party, and another one for the actual birthday day, and potentially even another one if a grandparent came for a visit. [They weren’t all as fancy, but is it any wonder I’m now certifiably insane?]
Anyway, I thought I might share some of my creations. You just have to remember that we’re talking up to 15 years ago, and many of these predated digital cameras – and any scanning commonsense or know-how on my part. (One of these years I will have to dig out the prints and rescan them at higher resolutions.)
These are just a few, in no particular order (I don’t even seem to have scanned in the very first one!) Mostly I can remember which of the three girls they were made for… and mostly I remember which age. Mostly.
Hi-5 for a five year old (who is now 14!). Not sure Hi-5 has made it overseas, but any Aussies with kids will know how popular they’ve been for many years.
#2 had a teddy that looked a bit like this.
And #3 had a teddy that looked a bit like this!
This guy should need no introduction.
(Possibly #1’s second or third birthday?.. now I’m struggling…)
This was for #3, but I’m starting to lose track of which birthday! Definitely a princessy stage. Fairy princessy stage. What princess wouldn’t want a heart shaped castle?
(And if anyone says the towers look phallic, I’ll hit you…)
Our eldest was always dolphin crazy. *Think* this was for her 9th birthday. Or 10th. Gah.
One straight out of the ABC for Kids cake book. #2 must have been keen on Johnson.
Definitely her 2nd birthday. We had just made the big move up here, and it was a few weeks late, waiting till the Daddy arrived after finishing work on our previous house.
And someone must have liked Lulu.
Hands up, who can tell me all of Lulu’s friends?
Hmmm.. think it was a Sea-themed party for #2 – when she was about 6.
(Year 1 party – We had about 20 kids here. Eep.)
Someone was into Harry Potter. They all have been at some point or another,
but this, I think was for #1. Some year or other…
Well, those are only some of the many… might show you the others another day. Sadly for #3 I seem to have petered out with any motivation to come up with these creations (I think I was still going past 10 years old with the others.) Which sucks, but I suppose it comes with the territory. I think she still has good memories of cool cakes that Mum made when she was a kid… Maybe if she’s a good girl there might be one more left in me by the time October and her 11th birthday rolls around.