Sweet Treats

Birthdays mean cake! I am a firm believer that no birthday is complete without a cake. When my brother and I were little, every year my mom outdid herself with THE most fabulous birthday cakes and while I can’t quite compete with her marvellous creations just yet, I often whip up some deliciousness when family birthdays roll around. My husband may have turned 31 on Sunday but that didn’t stop me from producing a cake fit for a five year-old since he’s very definitely still a kid at heart – I’m not sure who was more excited about this cake though, him or me…  I have seen these cakes on Pinterest many times and have been dying to try my hand at one – I only used the decorating as a guide and the rest I combined my own recipes. I used a standard chocolate cake recipe for the sponge (I added coffee though to balance some of the sweetness) and vanilla butter icing to top it off. Then had a ball decorating with Kitkats and Astros – the ribbon I added kept the Kitkats in place but also just made it look pretty! You can pretty much be as creative as you want with this cake and try out whatever sponge and icing you want – I would suggest something not too sweet or rich though. I was so chuffed with how this came out and even more pleased with how well it went down as desert!

Here’s my version of this yumminess 🙂


  • 165g plain flour

  • 30ml cocoa

  • 5ml bicarb

  • 5ml baking powder

  • 125g castor sugar

  • 30ml golden syryp

  • 2 large eggs

  • 150ml sunflower oil

  • 5ml coffee powder

  • 200ml hot water

  • 50ml milk


  • Sift flower, cocoa, bicarb and baking powder

  • Add sugar, syrup and eggs (lightly beaten)

  • Mix the coffee powder and hot water together

  • Pour in the oil, milk and coffee while mixing

  • Pour the mixture in a round spring tin (22 x 22cm)

  • Bake at 170 degrees from approximately 30 – 35 minutes until springy

  • Allow the cake to sit for 10 minutes before removing from the tin (run a knife around the edges after removing it from the oven)

  • Allow to cool completely before icing

Then have a blast decorating!


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