Yes? No? Maybe? Well, for me this book was probably the beginning of the cake obsession. Like so many other children of our generation we pored over it to determine the cake of choice for our next birthday. My Mum was (I imagine still is, though she doesn't have the same call for making kids' cakes these days) pretty good at representing our childhood flights of fancy in cake, and repurposing lollies as decor - one year I had a sewing box cake, filled with pebble buttons and such things. When I turned four I got a Hickory Dickory Dock clock - not identical to the one in the book but it was a pretty good representation and certainly no self-respecting four-year-old would complain about a cake so awash with lollies as this:
|Shortly after this photo was taken I attempted to decapitate my sister with the big knife entrusted to me for cake-cutting duties|
|Snazzy new cover - but good to see the use of freckles (those 100s & 1000s covered choc buttons - we loved them as kids)|
The echidna is an ice-cream cake, so there's not even any baking required. You just line a bowl with gladwrap, fill it with ice-cream, freeze it again to firm up, then add some bits and bobs to make it echidna-like. The book said to use a cream-filled sponge finger for the snout, but I couldn't find those in our supermarket, but I found some almond biscuits which seemed about right. Substitutions of all descriptions are fine - so long as it does the job!
In retrospect I think I did this in the wrong order - it would have been much easier to grate chocolate/sprinkle cocoa over the "body" first (I used both as I didn't have enough chocolate!), then do the face, then the spikes - but as you can see the spikes went on first, which was a little awkward. Anyway, I won't walk you through it, since I think it's pretty self-explanatory; the book suggests that quick-setting chocolate ice-cream topping for the face, but I used chocolate - either works fine - and chocolate finger biscuits (what else? They're in all the best cakes - check out my clock cake if you don't believe me!)
Do you have fond memories of this book? What was the best birthday cake you ever had?