First released back in 1980, the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book has been a part of Aussie kids birthday parties for almost 40 years.
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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Did you grow up with the Woman’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book? Sarah, my daughter was just telling me a couple of weeks ago how she had tried to explain to a friend that the best thing about birthdays was choosing your own cake from this book. She thought everyone did this. Apparently not. Our kids used to pore over this book for hours choosing their cake, then the birthday child would help make make their cake. Rituals like this can become woven into the family fabric, whether these are yearly rituals, daily rituals, whether you combine traditions from your own family or create new ones. I believe rituals help children feel a sense of belonging and security. What rituals have you started in you family? Have you continued traditions from the family you grew up in?
And now, Pamela Clark, the woman who wrote all 106 recipes in the best selling book, has finally revealed her favourite cake, as well as the one she struggled to make.
Speaking to the ABC, Pamela said the famous tip-truck cake is virtually impossible:
‘If you’re picking up this book for the very first time, turn to the tip truck and glue those pages together, and never look back. It’s not an easy cake to make. Trust me. I know,’
‘It was almost a feat of engineering, because you had that tip thing happening, and I wasn’t good with that sort of thing.’
However, Pamela also revealed that: ‘One of my favourites is the Dolly Varden cake, because it is so mindbogglingly simple,’ she said.