|Written by||Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill and Albert J. Trace|
|Publisher||Golden Bell Songs, Bob Merrill Songs, EMI Music Publishing|
"If I Knew You Were Coming I'd've Baked a Cake" was a hit song in 1950, originally recorded by Eileen Barton. It lasted 15 weeks on the Billboard charts, peaking at #1.
Two versions of the song were recorded for Sesame Street. Ernie performed the song during the first season while baking a cake for a very hungry Cookie Monster. The Count and Cookie Monster later recorded another version of the song, which has appeared on various singles and albums.
The song also plays in the background of Elmo's World: Birthdays. In the Plaza Sésamo version of an Ernie and Bert Sketch, Ernie is heard singing a Spanish translation of the song. Also, at the beginning of the classic sketch with Cookie Monster going to the bakery to get a cookie made for his birthday, the baker is singing "If I Knew You Were Coming..." to himself.
Audio (The Count's version)
- C is for Cookie (1974)
- C is for Cookie/If I Knew You Were Coming I'd've Baked a Cake (single, 1976)
Video (Ernie's version)
- Shalom Sesame Show 4: The People of Israel (1986, dialogue in English, song in Hebrew)
- Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (2009, half of the beginning cut)