Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sweet Success

Coco Cakeland is a handy site for bakers and decorators! I have Oscar's 1st birthday creeping up (where HAS the time gone?!) and I am already teeming with excitement over what cake to make him. Oh the choices!! You see, growing up in our house, the birthday cake was very important. Every year my brother, sister, and I would spend ages pouring over the pages of the Australian Woman's Weekly Children's Birthday Cookbook. Any Australian or New Zealand kid from the 70s or 80s will tell you the same.
I've been collecting inspiration on my Pinterest Party board for a while now but still am leaning towards an AWW Humpty Dumpty cake. With probably a modern update to the styling. My Dad and Mum made that cake for me, and I remember it vividly.
We always had pretty much the same routine; Mum would bake the cake, then usually head out to work her night duty shift at the hospital (Mum's a midwife) and Dad would be tasked with decorating it. Now, the thing to note about my Dad is that he's basically an OCD perfectionist. He would re-create the cake we had so carefully selected with perfect detail. I would say they were often better than the ones in the book. He's use the star-shaped nozzle and pipe little stars to build up the cake decoration.
The cakes would be mounted on a piece of aluminium-covered chip-board, and stars were piped by the cake for candles to be placed in, and often our name or 'Happy Birthday' piped also on the foil. Never on the cake. Masterpieces as they were. I intend to keep up this tradition, and cannot wait for cake #1. I'll be sure to post the results. In the mean time, I'm going to study this video and keep flipping through the Birthday Cake book and scouring Pinterest for inspiration...

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