Alfie’s birthday is still a few weeks away but he’s already pouring over the Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Cookbooks, page by page, then page by page again, selecting then re-selecting his cake of choice.
I haven’t accurately tallied it up but I believe I’ve made in excess of 50 of these projects in my career as a mum who makes cakes. And I have the cake tins to prove it. And the over-stacked kitchen cupboards filled with cake tins to doubly prove it.
Alfie hasn’t decided which cake he would like for his 7th birthday but I have come to understand that a lot of the joy doesn’t come from the decision, it comes from wondering and contemplating about the possibilities. And so the process takes a while.
While the children are making up their minds, I’m on the razor’s edge hoping and praying they’ll pick something easy. Some prayers take a long time to be answered. I’m still waiting for that easy cake to be chosen. Here is a small selection of the cakes I’ve made over the years. I apologise for the ‘happy snap’ nature of the images – no professional photographer was employed to attend my children’s birthday parties. Average though they are, for me they’re a wonderful trip down memory lane.
All of these cakes are from The Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Cookbooks.
Are you fearful of making a cake for a child’s birthday party?