If you’re among the millions of Aussie kids who were treated to their very own Women’s Weekly birthday cake, count yourself very lucky.
Passed down through generations, the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book was, to some, a bible. Or, depending on your baking abilities, a nightmare.
From castles and footy fields, to ducks made with actual chips, join us as the internet remembers the weird and wonderful cakes that made many a child the coolest kid in school.
Without a doubt, the most memorable Women’s Weekly cake going round was the choo choo train. But what about the poor mums who had to make them?
“I made my son the train one year but modified the colours to look like Thomas the Tank Engine. It was unseasonably warm and I’d done his face with piping gel. One side slipped and it made poor Thomas look like he’d had a stroke. Good times,” wrote one Reddit user.
Another added, “We had the original edition which had a girls’ section (sewing machine, butterfly etc) and a boys’ section (cowboy, soccer ball). But I had a progressive mum who baked me (her youngest daughter) the train for my 4th birthday. I still remember how stoked I was to be able to share those carriages with my mates.”