Anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s will fondly remember the excitement of browsing through a cookbook filled with cake recipes.
The iconic Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake book, first published in 1980, has become a cult classic.
Australians are taking a trip down memory lane by reminiscing their most cherished childhood birthday cake their parents made them.
From the swimming pool and rubber ducky to the old woman who lived in shoe house, these cakes will certainly take everyone back to their youth.
And while the vintage cookbook was reprinted for sale in 2011, the recipes were once the highlight of school and bedtime for children.
Taking to Reddit over the weekend, the beloved cookbook has stirred up fond childhood memories for many nostalgic people across the country.
NearlyOutOfMilk said: ‘This just gave me the craziest flashback to my childhood. Just seeing that cover took me back to being five and wanting cake. I still want cake.
‘I think what makes this hit so close to home is that I have not even thought about this in a full two decades. I completely forgot it existed, which is why it feels crazy to remember it so vividly all of a sudden.
adj545 posted: ‘My four year old son has even used it as his bed time story book a couple of times because he loves the cakes so much.’
rexo12 wrote: ‘Bruh this is my childhood and I’m not even that old, it’s so weird seeing this, I thought it was just in my family.
andy18s said: ‘Seeing this here makes me so happy! Never imagined this huge part of my childhood would be so common with others. We had the ice cream castle and the figure eight once for my cousins birthday. Good times.’
Verynayce wrote: ‘At my primary school the library had a copy of this bad boy. There was a waiting list 12 kids long for this thing. If your time came around and you “had it”, then mate, you were cool s***.
‘I don’t think anyone ever even had a single cake made from it. They were just so cool that flipping through it alone was a spiritual experience. That glistening, perfectly aligned marzipan dino-skin. Those tastefully designed and intricately detailed backgrounds. The luxurious sheen printed finish of the pages.’
calamitykate015 posted: ‘My mum made me the ice cream castle cake with cones for turrets and s***. It was unreal, but we were in outback WA and it melted enough between the freezer and the table that it fell apart. The next year she told me “they” banned the book and I believed her for like four goddamn years.’
And reallydusty wrote: ‘My mum would give us the book to choose our cake out of. I found out years later hat she had glued together the pages of the really hard to make cakes, so we couldn’t choose those.’
Speaking to AWW, Pamela Clark, who wrote the iconic cookbook, revealed why she thought so many Australians loved the book.
‘Because the recipes look approachable,’ she said.
‘They’re a bit messy, they’re not styled or polished and they’re just a bit of fun, which resonates with Australian families.’