There is always so much joy surrounding desserts. Many of us grew up eating something specific on special occasions or being allowed to have something we loved as a reward for doing something good.
So, in honour of World Dessert Day (which is today!), our team got together to discuss our favourite childhood desserts and damn, what a trip down memory lane it was.
These are our favourite childhood desserts:
Chocolate Ripple Cake
The Chocolate Ripple Cake is an Australian creation. Brockhoff’s Chocolate Ripple biscuits were introduced in the early 1930s and the first recipes for a Chocolate Ripple Cake, popped up in 1933. The biscuits are now made by Arnott’s, but the recipe has remained the same and it will never go out of style.
A Chocolate Ripple Cake is maybe the easiest dessert in the world to make, and one of the most delicious. Literally, all you do is sandwich Chocolate Ripple Biscuits together with cream, cover the entire thing with more cream and leave it in the fridge for a few hours.
Women’s Weekly Birthday Cakes
Multiple people in our team said that the best dessert memories they have as a child, was their parent’s making them birthday cakes from that infamous The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book by Maryanne Blacker and Pamela Clark. The book was originally published in 1980 and honestly, it’s pretty iconic.
Favourites from the book include: Minnie Mouse, The Hickory Dickory Clock, Princess Castle, Sweets Shop, Dolly Varden Cake (the one with the barbie) and the Swimming Pool Birthday Cake.
These are those scroll-like cakes that usually have heaps of sugar, cinnamon and icing on the outside, and sometimes, raisins.
Snails are actually a German invention and were originally called Schnecken.
Freddo Ice Cream Cake
Every kid loves an ice cream cake, right? It’s so funny how many of our best memories and favourite food things were some of the simplest and cheapest options. It’s all about the memories they hold.
The Freddo Ice Cream Cake was a cult fave, brought to us by Cadbury. You can still buy them in supermarkets today (thank god).
Policinke is a thin crêpe-like pancake, that comes from Greco-Roman origins. There are heaps of different styles and ways to eat Policinke; you can literally eat it as a dessert, or as part of a savoury dish with meat and curries/sauce.
Our Lifestyle Producer Tash has fond memories of sitting at the kitchen bench with her Deda (grandpa), watching him make them, and sneaking a few with jam and cottage cheese.
“He made them at least twice a week and we would sit there and eat them together. We ate them for birthdays, Christmas and Easter too.”
The original Viennetta consists of several rippled layers of ice cream separated by thin layers of sprayed-on compound chocolate. It’s usually bought ready-made, in a box at the supermarket.
Although launched by British ice cream company Wall’s in 1982, Australian company Streets brought it here around the same time and it’s been the boujiest dessert found in your Nana’s freezer ever since.
My Nonna’s tiramisu will always be my favourite dessert. I used to love dipping the Savoiardi biscuits into her brandy-laced whipped marscapone as a kid, as she’d teach me how to make the perfect tiramisu with freshly-made percolator coffee and probably a bit too much booze.
The perfect tiramisu is more on the bitter side, rich and decadent, without with sickly sweet. It’s such an Italian staple and one we’d always have on Christmas morning and other big occasions.
McDonald’s’ Ice Cream Cake
Do McDonald’s still do their ice cream cakes? Asking for a friend.
All the cool kids had their birthday parties at McDonald’s and the best part was always the ice cream cakes.
The way we remember them, they were rainbow ice cream cakes, with heaps of sprinkles and whipped cream on top. Damn, they were good.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.