The Cakes Our Moms Made (And Some They Didn’t)

The Cakes Our Moms Made (And Some They Didn’t)

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That title is highly misleading. Not everyone’s mom made cakes. Sometimes it was other treats, or bought from a store or made by dad or there wasn’t much money for celebrating birthdays that year.

But with Mother’s Day being today, it was one memory that I had of moms that I just couldn’t shake. And it wasn’t just my mom. It was of many moms. (and if you keep reading you’ll get to see some of our OTL writers with their cakes!).

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Mom, what are thooooose? You would never guess from this girl’s face but this was the ultimate cake. Via


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Free creepy clown touch with every Barbie cake. Image supplied by Helen Slater.


The inspiration

There’s a lot that goes into making a successful children’s birthday cake. Generally kids have obsessions (trucks, Barbie, Frozen) and if you make a cake that follows the theme of those obsessions then you will have a very happy child.

But being asked to make a “reindeer Sven from Frozen” cake can seem a challenge. So instead of actually making a reindeer cake, it’s sometimes better (and I’m sure many a parent has done this) to instead cultivate certain cake dreams.  Maybe by making sure that if last year the theme was a big yellow circular smiley face, that this year it’s a big yellow circular sun, or whispering about plain yellow circle cakes into sleepy kids’ ears as they doze off.


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Apparently this is the book where 90s kids will find their childhoods. Making that pig looks pretty scientific. Via


The classics

Along with some kind of train, the castle that was made out of upside down cones (if it took you more than two minutes to put together this cake then you were doing it incorrectly), a Lego head cake, and the cake of the kid’s favourite book; these are some of the classics:

The Hickery Dickery Dock cake

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Bonus points for using licorice for decoration and finding a circular shape for inspiration. Via


The dinosaur cake

Cake dinosaur sweets decoration kids children

Those cheap sweets you can buy in the hundreds? Perfect. Via


The ones with THE ballerina

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Image supplied by OTL’s Rebecca Dallas.


The butterfly cake

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This butterfly cake is made from the a single round cake, cleverly cut. Via


The farm animals cake

This is one of our very own – Batia Efrat’s mother’s creation. Where did mothers all get the same farm animals from? Provided by Batia Efrat.


The under construction cake with diggers from the sandpit.

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An awesome idea but also great because it was always a backup plan in case the dog jumped up onto the table and snatch a bit of the cooling cake. Via


The Hungry Caterpillar cake

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This guy! The hungry caterpillar. Via


The jelly pool cake

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Those floating rings are sweets. Via


This other amazing full scene

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Such pride. This green coconut was also used for every bit of grass ever imagined. Image supplied by Rebecca Dallas.


The times things didn’t go as planned

Oh man. I definitely wouldn’t have cared about skew lettering or crossed eyes but there were times when people were meant to be arriving in half an hour but the doorbell was ringing and the cake just wasn’t doing what it was supposed to.

Ladybird cake with sprinkles for children party

Not a sprinkle out of place. Via


Horror cake skinned ladybird death

This looks like a skinned animal cake. Misleadingly via lol!


house birthday cake

Maybe if you left the picture next to it people would stop trying to guess what it is? Via


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The teeth make it horrifying. Via


sheep cake character

I could never cut that second cake. It looks like it would bleed. Via


I can’t stop finding these. Pls send help.

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When you buy a mix and it STILL ends up like this. Via


Ja, this cake may stand out as not a fail, because it looks great and everyone seems to love it.


Birthday cake dolls best girl

So, luckily we were blessed with a bit more of a close-up of these creepy little dolls who want your soul. Both images via Rebecca Dallas.


The cakes to aspire to (aka the cakes that never happened)

The cake for someone with a lot of extra time and dedication.

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This is from, and that should tell you everything you need to know.


Cake AND cupcakes

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No time for that, choose. Via


3D Spiderman

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Take a look at that web. You would need to cut out every little block. No. Via


This spherical cake

This image was supplied by Rebecca Dallas but it goes against all the laws of nature. If there is a 2D option then thats whats being made.

This image was supplied by Rebecca Dallas but it goes against all the laws of nature. If there is a 2D option then that’s what’s being made.


The other hungry caterpillar

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Do not confuse this for the earlier Hungry Caterpillar. No, this is a new breed of cake. Via


The crossover

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A crossover cake? I would have been told to choose but you can actually order this cake in Cape Town from Aegean Cafe. Via


Not your mom’s normal barbie cake

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This creation is still possible though? Via


Maybe it’s time to take your mom out to say thank you. Maybe even for coffee and a large slice of cake.

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