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These cakes can be labor intensive (my daughter spent at least 6 hours assembling the train) but they are adorable and taste good too. Our 3 year old grandson was delighted with his train cake and the 5 year old grandson was delighted with the tiger cake. You need to have the time, energy and desire to assemble one of these but they are worth the effort. All the kids (and parents) found the cakes to be delightful and almost hated to cut into them.
I gave it 4 stars because of the time required to make some of the cakes. The directions are clear and some cakes are much easier than others. You also need lots of "trimmings" to make the cakes: licorice strings, chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows, etc. Most of the stuff is easy to find but you do need to have it to make the cakes look as good as they do in the book.
This is the cakebook every Australian family had on the shelf in the 1980s. When you asked a kid what cake they were having for their birthday, they would just name a cake from this book. It comes from an era that predated the fondant/rolled icing perfection that seems so standard now. These cakes are creative artworks: rustic and querky. Decorations are made mostly with lollies and biscuits, so each slice is a taste adventure. This book is gold, and I am thrilled to have my new copy.