Birthday Cake


What would a birthday be without the cake? I celebrated my 28th birthday this past Friday – which seems unreal. One minute you’re in high school and the next you’re almost 30. What happened?!

I carried on with my tradition of baking my own birthday cake. Yes, I know that seems weird but I look forward to it every year. Last year I made a peanut butter cup cheesecake, but this year I kept it a little more simple and traditional.


The cake for this recipe is from Joy the Baker, one of my favorite baking blogs. I’m always on the lookout for a great yellow cake recipe and this one is very good. It can be found here: Everybody’s Birthday Cake.

The frosting, however, is my recipe. I tried to re-create the homemade chocolate frosting that my nana has made for years and years. I think I got it pretty close.

Chocolate Frosting

  • Servings: 2 layer cake
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1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1) Cream butter with a mixer until smooth. Add cocoa powder and mix again.
2) Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on a medium speed.
3) Stir in vanilla and check consistency. Add more milk if needed.


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