As a child, the birthday cake was the essence of celebration. Something we looked forward to every year. We would spend days leading up to our birthday drooling over the birthday cake cookbook. There would always be the ‘it’ cake that every year you would beg for and every year you would be denied and as a child you didn’t understand that your desired cake was ridiculously hard and a busy mum just doesn’t have the time or patience to attempt it. When the cake was finally decided upon, Mum would then spend hours on end in the kitchen to make the perfect cake for us. Do you remember the castle cake with ice-cream cone towers, the swimming pool cake with blue jelly water and the cho-cho train and its cute little carriages, or maybe you were lucky enough to get a Dolly Varden cake with skirt glamorously decorated in shiny silver and gold cachous.
The cakes of our childhood seemed so impressive at the time and I’m sure our poor mothers thought they were some of the most difficult domestic undertakings. However these days with all the new tools, equipment, techniques and technologies available and not to mention online shopping, birthday cake options are only limited by the amount of money and time you are willing to put into it. You aren’t even limited by your imagination; there are countless images, tutorials and videos online for inspiration. Children these days can pick their favourite character or toy and mum can search the net for ideas and supplies to make just about anything. If I was still a child, I think my birthday cake would be either a princess cake or and art and craft themed cake. I loved art and crafts as a child and never grew out of it. As for my husband, Mick, it would have to be a Lego cake. He loved Lego as a child and if you were to put some in front of him he may try and convince you he doesn’t any more but as he joyfully plays with the blocks, building something amazing, you will straight through those lies. So when I saw a few Lego cakes on Pinterest a few months before his birthday I just knew I had to make him a Lego cake.
With a semi-successful e-bay shopping spree I found some Lego themed moulds,
…a too long shopping trip for Lego blocks,
…and some helpful assistance from the lovely staff at my local cake decorating supplies shop Latorta, I was all set to knuckle in and spend hours on end in the kitchen to make the perfect cake, just as our mothers had done for us many times.
After hours of baking, making and decorating, I emerged triumphantly and tiredly with the finished “Lego” Cake.
The cake brought back a lot of joyful memories for everyone at the dinner, of fun with Lego and other childhood toys and cakes. The cake was thoroughly enjoyed and not just from eating it but playing with the real and icing blocks and men, what can I say but “boys will be boys”. As it was such a hit this year maybe next year I’ll make a truck cake or a nerf gun cake.
What birthday cake do you remember from your childhood, was there an ‘it’ cake that you always wanted but never got for a reason you couldn’t understand? I may just one day get around to making myself a Dolly Varden with a glittery skirt.