This was made for my son’s 9th birthday in February. He only asks for chocolate cake with lollipops and sprinkles and I shared his obsession in an older post. His choice may be simple but selecting a chocolate cake is another story as I prefer baking something different for birthdays.
Here is a short story of how I met this cake. I have an amazing friend who plays so many roles in my life; she can be my reality check, a sister, a wise know-it-all-type-aunty, a PG version of Gordan Ramsey style critic, tv shows to watch-guide, a patient listener and the one who thinks I can not buy my own shoes without her approval! Sometimes I feel even a rich language like Urdu doesn’t have one single word to define the kind of bond we share. So she came to the rescue and sent me screen shots of this recipe and it is pretty close to this one. The cake is simple to mix, bake and assemble. Tastes oh-so-good. Icing is unbelievably simple and retain its consistency well at room temperature. I used sprinkles and lollipops as asked by my little baby. Give it a go people; it is perfect for birthdays or anytime for that matter.
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 2 tbsp for dusting
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup Cadbury drinking chocolate or use any other malted milk powder
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease two roun (9 inch) pans and dust with extra cocoa powder, coating the pan well and shaking off extra.
In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients; flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, Cadbury drinking chocolate and salt.
Add milk, oil and eggs to the dry ingredients. Using electric beaters, beat at medium speed until smooth.
Scrape the sides of the bowl well and add sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat for another 40 seconds on low speed.
Divide batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for about 15 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks. Frost with Cadbury frosting.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup Cadbury drinking chocolate
- 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 4 tbsp cream cheese
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat well with electric beaters for a minute on medium speed. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of the cake.