If you grew up some time in the ’80s or ’90s, the words ‘swimming pool cake’ won’t make your stomach flip with the thought of water-logged sponge and cream. Rather, it’ll likely make your nostalgic senses slip into overdrive, as you recall the supreme awesomeness of the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake book.
From the duck and the Barbie dress to the butterfly and cricket pitch, each recipe was a slice of pure Australiana made from supermarket lollies, creamy icing and a store-bought packet cake mix. Here’s something cool: a troupe of ladies in Canberra – headed by hobby baker Ginger Gorman – think it’s time to bring a bit of that magic back, so they’re working their way through all 104 recipes on a baking spree next month.
It’s not all just for the memories, though – each cake will be sold at a silent auction to raise funds for the Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information Inc. Sugar and good deeds? That’s a whole lot of good vibes. Find out more information on the cake-off or donate some moolah over here.