Well, it's about 30 years old, the pages are falling out and the Vienna icing recipe page gets used as the bookmark for whatever cake I'm making. Nonetheless, my Children's Birthday Cake Book is still much in use, even here in Italy. On Wednesday night, we had friends to dinner to celebrate a birthday. As the Birthday Boy used to sail a lot, I made him the Pirate. I had a bit of trouble with the lollies - no yellow musksticks for the hair or red snakes for the mouth - but he looked pretty good with black. licorice curls and a streched jubey-thing for his mouth. He should have had a yellow hat but I can only find red food colouring....so pink it had to be, even if not very pirate-like!
My daughter, now 28, still insists on a birthday cake from "the Book"! Last year it was the Butterfly, this year it was the Giraffe.