Cake Mistake

Wilton's Children's Birthday Party Book

Children’s Birthday Party Book
Wilton Enterprises

Wilton is the king of all things cake decorating. I will admit I never would think of decorating a cake for my kid. I would order one from my local bakery instead. I can appreciate the techniques used to make these cakes, but honestly, that bear looks possessed. The bear is staring into the eyes of the kid, transmitting the message “Happy birthday! Now I will eat your soul.”

Color me not impressed with the ideas. Speaking of eating someone’s soul, I am going to give a hard NO to clowns on a cake. The other ideas were dated-looking, and if I were a kid, I wouldn’t be that impressed. Maybe we have all seen so many cool cake sculptures thanks to shows like Cake Boss or the Great British Bake Off. This quaint little gem from the 1980s is just not cut out for modern baking.


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  1. I thought that bear was a stuffed animal on your homepage, it did not look like a cake! Also, if any one goes by Teddy, they should be asked if stuffed bear references are irritating to them before making them, or baking them.

  2. I’m disturbed by the bear too. It’s a teddy bear, wishing Teddy a happy birthday, and presumably Teddy is going to eat the soul-stealing teddy.

    My mom always made my birthday cakes, never store-bought (though I think they were mostly Betty Crocker) and never in a shaped pan with fancy frosting effects. No buying a whole new pan just to make one cake for one year. Kids’ enthusiasms change so fast. She’d pipe some simple things — stars, borders. But they were a basic 2-layer round cake with frosting, Happy Birthday (Me) on the top, and candles. Very very occasionally a sugar paste decoration or two.

    The ones in my younger days sometimes had a theme to the decor and invitations, if said theme could be carried out cheaply.


    No hired entertainment of any sort. Just snacks, cake, balloons, party games, party favors.

    I’m sure it would seem dull to today’s kids, but wouldn’t strike them as tacky like these do. Do they even know any of the characters listed?

    I don’t go to a lot of small folks’ birthday parties, but I think they mostly revolve around cakes from the local bakery, and the failures show up on Cake Wrecks.

    The last kid’s party I went to, the birthday boy was 1 and so didn’t much care. His 3 year old cousin ate ALL the decorations and frosting and we left just as her sugar rush set in.

    When a party book might have been used for a shindig for the *parents* of the party boy/girl, it needs to be weeded.

  3. OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK. My neighbour had this book, and made a Cabbage Patch Kid cake for me in 1987 or ’88, based on my own Kid. Best birthday ever! (But yes, this is a bit dated for today….)

  4. I was 10 in ’86, and Larry, Carol, and Marsha were not names my peers had. confirmed they all peaked in popularity before the ’70s.


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