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The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book

Highlights from our classic children's cake book. Plus details of our 2023 Best Baker competition!
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First published in 1980, The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book has been loved for generations.

After all, who doesn’t have at least one memory of poring over the well-thumbed pages, trying to decide on this year’s birthday cake?

Whether you remember pestering Mum to pleeeease make you the jelly swimming pool cake for your birthday or have fond memories of decorating these birthday favourites with your kids, these timeless classics are sure to give you a nostalgia hit. Or even inspire you for an upcoming birthday party. Duck cake, anyone?!

The vintage edition collectors’ cookbook is available if you feel like taking a trip down memory lane, or find inspiration in our 40th Anniversary edition. Or scroll down for our gallery of favourites from the book.

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Best Birthday Baker competition!

Is your cake the next Australian Women’s Weekly Icon? Your chance to win $5000

To celebrate 90 years of The Weekly, we’re asking you to create and share your own iconic birthday cake! The winner will take home $5000 cash and have their cake featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine, and the next edition of the famous Children’s Birthday Cake Book.

ENTER HERE

Entries close September 29, 2023.

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Women’s Weekly duck cake

Women’s Weekly duck cake (aka Rubber Ducky)

You saw it first in the ’80s and then more recently thanks to Bluey. Now you can try your hand at the famous Women’s Weekly Duck Cake yourself.

Hickory Dickory Dock

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Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock

rocking horse birthday cake

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Rocking horse birthday cake

Rocking horse birthday cake

Remember this rockin’ cake? It’s sure to be a favourite among the kids, even after all these years.

sweets shop kids' cake

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Sweets shop kids’ cake

Sweets shop kids’ cake

You can’t get a cake much sweeter than this gorgeous one! Whether you remember it from the famous ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘ of your childhood or are serving up for the little shop keeper in your home, it’ll definitely have your party guests impressed.

Sewing Machine

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Sewing machine cake

Sewing machine cake

Creative kids will love helping with this easy sewing machine birthday cake from our famous ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘ cookbook.

easy piano birthday cake

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Easy piano birthday cake

Easy piano birthday cake

It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday, and the party crowd’s already here. They said can you play a memory…and this cake is just what you need! From the famous ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘ cookbook, you’re sure to feel nostalgic when you see this one from your childhood.

the good witch birthday cake

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The good witch cake

The good witch cake

Remember this cute cake from the iconic ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘ cookbook? Whip it up for the next kids’s birthday bash or for a fabulous Halloween centrepiece.

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Australian Women’s Weekly – Dolly Varden Cake

Australian Women's Weekly Dolly Varden Cake

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Dolly Varden Cake

Dolly Varden Cake

This iconic children’s birthday cake was inspired by the character, Dolly, in one of Charles Dickens’ novels. A special baking pan, in the shape of her dress has been created just for this cake and you’ll need one of them for this recipe.

birthday cake numbers - jigsaw two

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Birthday cake numbers – jigsaw two

Birthday cake numbers – jigsaw two

This colourful cake is bound to be a hit with Mr or Ms. Two!

puss in boots cake

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Puss In Boots cake

Puss In Boots cake

Whether you’re a fan of the original story or of the sassy Shrek cat, this Puss In Boots cake is an all-time favourite.

birthday cake number 1

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Birthday cake numbers – smartie one

Birthday cake numbers – smartie one

For a memorable first birthday party, serve up this top notch, Smartie-covered birthday favourite.

pirate face birthday cake

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Pirate face birthday cake

Pirate face birthday cake

Arrrr you looking for the best kids’ birthday cake ever? Pirate Pete is the the way to go! This easy cake is sure to impress.

Ginger Neville

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Ginger Neville birthday cake

Ginger Neville birthday cake

Was this one a childhood favourite? Decorating ol’ Ginger Neville is sure to bring back fond memories.

leonardo lion birthday cake

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Leonardo lion birthday cake

Leonardo lion birthday cake

Kids will adore this Leo the Lion birthday cake from the ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘. He is the King of the Jungle, after all.

pig cakes homemade

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Little piggy birthday cake

Little piggy birthday cake

And this little piggy went all the way to the top of your favourite cakes list! From our famous ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book’, it’s the perfect party pick.

guitar shaped birthday cake

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Guitar shaped birthday cake

Guitar shaped birthday cake

No one will want to pick this guitar up and smash it…it’s much too tasty for that and it’s just another of our old-school favourites from famous ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book’.

Swimming pool birthday cake

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Swimming pool birthday cake

Swimming pool birthday cake

Jelly AND cake? Winner!Our famous swimming pool cake from the ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘ was an ’80s favourite and still impresses to this day.

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Children’s Birthday Cake Book – Cuddly Koala

koala birthday cake

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Koala birthday cake

Koala birthday cake

This cuddly koala cake recipe comes from our beloved Children’s Birthday cake book.

Choo choo train birthday cake

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Choo-choo train birthday cake

Choo-choo train birthday cake

Of all the amazing kids’ party food, nothing beats a classic birthday cake. Chug down memory lane with this choo-choo train, straight from the cover of our Birthday Cake Book.

Lazy ladybird

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Ladybird birthday cake

Ladybird birthday cake

Made famous in our ever popular Birthday Cake book, the ladybird birthday cake is surprisingly easy to decorate, and looks marvellous.

teddy bear

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Teddy bear

Teddy bear

echidna ice-cream cake

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Echidna ice-cream cake

Echidna ice-cream cake

With lots of chocolate and ice-cream, you won’t put a foot wrong with this fun kids’ cake! It’s sure to bring back fond memories.

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Children’s Birthday Cake Book – Cricket Pitch

Cricket pitch birthday cake

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Cricket pitch birthday cake

Cricket pitch birthday cake

This classic cricket pitch birthday cake from the pages of our beloved Children’s Birthday Cake Book is the perfect cake for any cricket fan’s birthday!

jack in the box

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Jack in the box

Jack in the box

Pop this one on the party table for an eye-catching cake. It’s sure to be a hit with younger children.

castle for a princess

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Castle for a princess

Castle for a princess

elephant birthday cake

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Jungle elephant cake

Jungle elephant cake

Your guests will be trumpeting praise when they see this cute elephant cake on the party spread.

timothy tiger kids' cake

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Timothy tiger

Timothy tiger

Earn your baking stripes by serving up this tiger cake at your little one’s next birthday bash! It’s sure to impress.

hey diddle diddle

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Hey diddle diddle birthday cake

Hey diddle diddle birthday cake

Inspired by the classic nursery rhyme, this gorgeous yellow moon cake is sure to thrill your child on their birthday.

number six birthday cake with jet planes

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Number six birthday cake with jet planes

Number six birthday cake with jet planes

Prepare for your kids’ party to takeoff with this aeroplane runway cake! From the iconic ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘ cookbook, it’s perfect for a six-year-old’s birthday.

helicopter cake

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Helicopter

Helicopter

This blue chopper is a favourite from The Australian Women’s Weekly’s famous ‘Children’s Birthday Cake Book‘ cookbook. And, the kids will love to help decorate it!

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