The Australian Women's Weekly Kids Birthday cookbook is known by 99% of Australian child born in the 80's or later. If I was to mention it to any of these people, they each have their own stories to tell about which cakes they have had and the ones their parents were never skilled enough to make. This book has been so popular that they have now re-printed it in its original form and as my friend pointed out, it even smells exactly the same. Its funny the way smells do bring back memories and when I purchased this back in May on my trip back home, it was like the memories and excitement of this book came flooding back.
I was excited to try out any of the recipes and so the next birthday just happen to be Pete's birthday and since he is still a child at heart I thought it was the perfect opportunity to bake my first of these cakes. I kind of had a bit of a theme with my presents for Pete and so I kind of steered him towards the Robot cake. It was more difficult than I thought to ice and put together the cake and I am still a bit unsure how to get all the icing on with the sprinkles without getting finger marks all over it and his head did fall off at one point before the party had even started, but some skewers and a licorice all sorts saved the day.
|Pete & the first round of toaties|
We also decided that return of Toastival was the perfect solution to the fact that English summer seems to have been forgotten and a organising a BBQ is only asking for trouble. Toastival was created by Pete and his friend Claire a few years ago and the idea was that each person brings along their own ingredients which they think/know might go well in a toastie and then the combination is tasted by all. My favourite was definitely the dessert toastie which was banana, dark & milk Lindt chocolate and 100's & 1000's; which we presented to Pete along with his Robot cake.
|Dan on the portable BBQ as we were lucky enough to get some sun|