Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cut-Up Cakes


The other day I was rummaging around and found 
this wonderful little Cut-Up Cakes instruction booklet.

These animal cakes, featuring Baker's coconut, 
were so cute I had to scan a few of them for you.

I made similar cakes for my kids when they were itty bitty.
Kitty-cats, bunny-rabbits, bears, clowns...  
Those days were so much fun! 
Sigh... sometimes I wish my son and daughter were little again.















(This little booklet was published by the General Foods Corp. in  1959.)


I knew I had some other cut-up cake instructions 
clipped from magazines years ago,
 So I hunted through my recipe file and found these two:
The teddy bear was one of my favorites to make!
And you all know that I love daisies!  




(The bear cake came from Better Homes And Gardens, Dec 1968.
The daisy cake came from Family Circle, April 1971.)

Be sure to let me know if you make a cut-up cake for your family, 
and I'll post a link here.

32 comments:

  1. Oh how cute. Takes me back. I think simple home made is best. I go to some birthday parties and these kids are practically getting a wedding cake. Can you imagine the cost. I love the butterfly one. Hmm. Maybe for a birthday for my youngest next year. Too cute.

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  2. What a darling idea! I love the graphics in that book. I'm going to look thru my old fifties books to see if I have something similar
    xx
    julie

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  3. What a great collection of cut out cakes.I wanted a to make a fire engine cake for Fox but didn't know how. I guess there would be a way shown on the internet. WE asked a shop to do it for us but they declined because they were too busy making Mother's Day cakes that is why we ended up with an edible photo cake.

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  4. Aren't these fun! I have that same little 'cut-up'cake booklet - must have been in my mother's collection!

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  5. Now, if there was a flamingo cake, I'd be all set for Josie's party on Saturday! Those are just fabulous.

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  6. Those are just adorable! I think I have an old cookbook from my MIL that has some of these in it. I should get it out and take a look :)

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  7. That's pretty amazing coming from a booklet..such detail in every one. I wonder how many little ones were thrilled to see those on a special occasion?

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  8. I think I have that same little cake booklet! It's just darling. I think the doggie cake is the cutest!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  9. Luckily, when you become a Grama you get to take another run at the little people again! I've had more fun playing now than I did the first time; the 'bonus round' you get your priorities in order and PLAY with kids and skip the laundry!

    Tammy

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  10. I used to make a bowtie wearing bunny every Easter. He was made from 2 round cakes and decorated with coconut, jelly beans and licorice. (sp?)I probably still have the magazine page with the directions.
    I love the penguin and the swan. Thanks for sharing the fun.

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  11. I bet my daughter would love to make one of these. She makes cakes once a week around her from scratch at 11. I can't wait to show her...Thank you for always sharing...smiles...Renee

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  12. What fun it was to see this, all the differnt designs/patterns. I wish I could say this was my forte' but certainly is not. I try every once in awhile but not a baker I guess and don't have the patience!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What fun memories! I made the teddy bear cake for my children a few times and I also made a Easter Rabbit cut out every Easter for many years.

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  14. This is so funny.. my grandmother just gave me the Cut-Up Cakes book today when I saw her! She used to make these cakes for our birthdays! So fun!! I will have to post mine, too!! ;) xo Heather

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  15. Very fun post! Our family also made the bunny ever Easter! Thanks for the memories.

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  16. I remember collecting recipes similar to these, too! I loved making cakes for my kids when they were little. I don't have little ones around to bake for anymore, but I still have a few of the ideas that I cut out of magazines. I used to clip recipes and decorating ideas like crazy when I was younger! :D
    I think these would be so much cuter and way more economical today than the kind ordered at the bakery!
    Enjoy your Friday!

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  17. These are too sweet! I love the elephant!

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  18. These cut out cakes are wonderful, I've never made one but am tempted after seeing theses images.
    Bon weekend

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  19. Those are some adorable cakes!! Thanks for sharing them. My favourite is Spot the terrier dog..so cute :)

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  20. I loved the teddy bear and the duck! The daisy is really pretty, too. I did spy the one cut up cake I made for our daughter one year for her birthday...the butterfly! Wilton has put out a similar booklet and I did the clown out of it for our son when he was young.

    On a more recent note, I made a heart shaped cake for my hubby for Valentine's Day. I have a heart shaped cake pan, but I enjoyed the challenge of the cut-up cake. It was fun!

    Thank you, Gayle, for sharing all of your cut up cakes pictures.

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  21. OMG!!! I have that same book in your first photos! It was my mom's and I still have it now. Thank you for the wonderful memories!

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  22. Oh Gayle -- those are DARLING!! Seems I remember the butterfly one -- my sisters and I made it. Too fun :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  23. Oh Wow those are fabulous and so very cute wish i had seen those to when my boys were little i did make a hedgehog one year that you had to cut up. Thank you for sharing those. dee xx

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  24. How cool! I want to make a butterfly cake.

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  25. I have a picture of myself at 2 years old standing in front of the elephant cake, I love it!!
    thanks for the memories this post brought back...

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  26. Oh my gosh....what a walk down memory lane.
    I TOTALLY made that lion and teddy bear cake (way back) for my first two children...in the 70's.
    What precious memories that evoked.
    thanks for sharing.

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  27. These cakes are fabulous!!!! My mom used to make cakes like that, and it brings back such lovely memories. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I found your blog thru Vintage Grey. Have a great weekend! XO Helena

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  28. The rocking horse is cute.

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  29. HOW SWEET.. HAPPY WEEKEND..WITH LOVE JANICE

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  30. I used to make these too, especially a cat, a bunny and butterfly. Your post brought back great memories of those days

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  31. I'm pretty sure I made some....back in the '70s! heehee! They sure were fun to make. My son made a football when he was a teen and entered it in a contest!

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies