It is my humble opinion that The Woman’s Weekly Birthday Cake book is one of publishing’s greatest hits. My brother’s and I spent a good deal of the 1970’s poring over this wonderful tome, choosing which themed cake we would have for our birthdays each year.
I’m very grateful to my mother for saving this book for many years, and handing it down to my daughters. I love that they choose from the very same book that I did. I’m no Nigella, but I have managed to produce some passable cakes over the years, with the help of a lot of butter cream icing and some artfully placed silver cachous.
My youngest daughter is particularly interested in baking. She starts choosing her cake each year around the first of January. Her birthday is in June. But she goes over these pages again and again. She is also obsessed with the television show Cake Boss and was very excited when we recently discovered a cake shop close by which supplies all the professional tools need to create a masterpiece.
Each year, my birthday falls around Easter time so it usually means my mother is around. She helps the kids make me a birthday cake and each year, my youngest daughter has eschewed the concept of “less is more” and produced an elaborately decorated masterpiece. This year was no exception.
I came home from work to this…
I took a mallet to it and revealed this…
I then cut into it, and revealed this..
Pretty impressive huh? My 10 year old had apparently spent all day making a heart shaped, multi coloured cake which she then iced and covered in different coloured mini cupcakes, and she then concealed the lot under a large, chocolate dome (which she made herself). It was a fantastic birthday cake and all the better because it was made with such love.
Wonder what I will get next year?
Backing music: Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder