Today is going to be an easy day for me as I seem to have been exhausted. I had to force myself to bake yesterday and I am still plodding on today as it is a recipe writing day. The first one I am sharing is for my Chocolate Birthday Cake which I made for my husband yesterday. This is a basic cake recipe with a water ganache topping and lots of sweeties. It is quite easy to make and is a delicious treat for any special occasion. You don’t have to use numbers on the top of the cake, it could be a picture or even a name if your feeling confident enough. The numbers work well if you cut them big enough. They support the rest of the cake when the cut outs are removed.

A Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe.

Recipe by V.DaleCourse: Cakes, traybakes and cake decorating, RecipesCuisine: cakes, birthday cake idea


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Any flavour/decorations and cut outs can be used to make this cake.


  • For the sponge:

  • 12oz soft margarine

  • 10oz self raising flour

  • 2oz cocoa

  • 10oz dark brown soft sugar

  • 6 eggs

  • For the ganache:

  • 200g dark chocolate

  • 100g water

  • Lots of decorations


  • For the ganache:
  • Melt the chocolate with the water in a pan and place in the fridge to thicken.
  • For the sponge:
  • Preheat the oven to Gas 4.
  • Line a deep sided 8 inch square tin.
  • In a mixing bowl, weigh out the ingredients for the sponge.
  • Whisk together to form a smooth batter.
  • Transfer to the tin.
  • Bake for 35 minutes till firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool and remove from the tin.
  • Using a paper stencil of the numbers place on the sponge and cut around with a sharp knife. Cut right through to the base of the cake.
  • Lift up the sponge and the pieces will be easier to dislodge along with the help of another pair of hands.
  • Fill the cut outs with sweets.
  • Spread the ganache all over the rest of the sponge.
  • Decorate with more sweets, the wilder the better.


  • Nutritionally, one slice contains 406 calories, 23.9g total fat (31% daily total fat), 42.8g total carbohydrate (16% daily total carbohydrate), 2.1g fibre (7% daily fibre) (based on a 2000 calorie diet).

This cake is very rich and will be full of calories but it is for special occasions only. Don’t you think? I love my sparkly picture which I shared on Facebook yesterday. Go take a look!!

Tomorrow, I am going to bake the Marzipan and Sweet Mincemeat Muffins which I am sure my husband will enjoy. I am going to half the mixture and make some Chocolate Chip Muffins for the children too. Talk about “killing two birds with one stone” sometimes I feel like I am wonder woman the amount of jobs I am trying to get through. At least I am feeling a bit better tonight and write something for my blog. I won’t be overdoing it tomorrow – just the basics. :). I am off now for a bit of cake and cream with a cup of coffee on the side.

Chocolate Birthday Cake with cream. MMmmmm!!

Not too bad for me to bake and decorate a cake when I have been feeling under the weather. Hoping that I am over the worst as I have missed being in the kitchen and creating recipes this last week. 🙂

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