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Children's Birthday Cake Book ("Australian Women's Weekly" Home Library) Paperback – 10 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bauer Media Books; New edition edition (10 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0949892742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0949892744
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 20.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recomend this book to anyone who wants to make their own bithday cakes. The designs are many including storybook favourites, number cakes, sport and animal themes and many more. The cakes turn out just like the pictures, are easy to make and cost a good deal less than commercially bought cakes. No disappointments here, unlike other books I have used. No special tins are required, most designs are based on a round or oblong basic sponge cake cut to size using clear colour photographs to guide you throughout. The perfect book for budding cake decorators who are full of enthusiasm but too scared to try their hand. Give this book a try and you won't regret it.
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This book contains some great ideas and imaginative designs. The cakes are quite easy even for people who are not very confident or good at making these sorts of cakes, and they use ingredients that are easy to get hold of. I would recommend this for beginners to advanced cake makers.
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I had already bought this book when it first came out, but no longer have it, so I was thrilled when I saw I could purchase it again. It is wonderful for the complete beginner and offers easy, and very clever, solutions for someone who has no idea about icing cakes. It also showed me that I, a complete novice, can actually create something presentable.
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My mother made all my birthday cakes from this, and now my young cousins are still loving it. You won't find directions for Disney characters, but you will find a lot of child-pleasing ideas and fool-proof instructions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is THE birthday book from my childhood 12 Sept. 2009
By Too Many Small Children - Published on Amazon.com
Oh my God, I remember this book from when I was little. My sister and I, both born in January, used to borrow it from my Aunty and spend hours poring over it discussing what cakes we could have. We were only allowed these cakes on "special" birthdays which, hmmmm, were only 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. Not sure what that big gap in the middle was about, clearly we were deprived children. Anyway, this was THE book. And it still is in so many ways. My two year old took off with it as soon as it arrived and spent what seemed like hours (but was probably only a blissful 20 minutes) flicking through it. He quickly grasped that he could choose something for his third birthday and eventually decided on the rocket cake (balanced precariously on cardboard fins, great). It was delightful to see the magic transferring down a generation, which is why I give it such a high rating. It is now a bit dated though... I had forgotten that it's divided into "For Boys" and "For Girls" sections. Rather hilariously, the "For Girls" section contains a sewing machine cake, a sewing basket cake, a dressing table cake and, just when you think it couldn't get any worse, a stove cake(!). That aside, it's much more creative and exciting than the more modern edition and it also contains a lot of ideas to kick start your own creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't be a birthday without a cake from this book! 26 Sept. 2013
By MGEMM - Published on Amazon.com
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Birthday Cakes from the "Australia Women's Weekly" book have been a feature of family birthdays for about 3 decades now, and my daughter's are using them for THEIR children's birthdays. There have been some spectacular fails, and some spectacular successes too. My children loved choosing their cake, which their Mum would make with every effort to mimic the one in the book. The recipes are easy, and the instructions are clear. Measurements are metric, of course, but are easy enough to adapt if you need to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cakebook Classic 28 July 2010
By Pixy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the cakebook every Australian family had on the shelf in the 1980s. When you asked a kid what cake they were having for their birthday, they would just name a cake from this book. It comes from an era that predated the fondant/rolled icing perfection that seems so standard now. These cakes are creative artworks: rustic and querky. Decorations are made mostly with lollies and biscuits, so each slice is a taste adventure. This book is gold, and I am thrilled to have my new copy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Hand Cookbook 16 April 2012
By AmeliaDearest - Published on Amazon.com
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Cookbook is missing a few pages, and there are a number of children's scribbles on the page... although this is to be expected when buying 2nd hand goods.
I love this book as it's not too hard to recreate the pictures
My mother made a number of these cakes from this cookbook for my birthdays growing up- Now It's My Turn!!! :)
I'd recommend this book to anyone whose mastered the basic birthday cakes and want to try something a little more intricate
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 21 Jan. 2008
By DK - Published on Amazon.com
I had this book as a child too - my mother made the piano cake, the baby doll cake and many more which I remember vividly. Now I have two little boys and they love looking through the book to choose their own birthday cakes. So far we have made number cakes, dump trucks, barns and ducks together - not always quite from the book, but using it as inspiration. The kids love it and it's great fun. Highly recommended!
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