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Chocolate Birthday Cake

On Sunday was a combined birthday celebration for my two boys. The boys were turning 9 and 11. Their birthdays are a day and two years apart. Don’t ask me how we did that, I wish I could tell you but it just happened. Maybe someone could tell me how that happens, anyone!!

For each year, instead of making it two separate parties we combine it for our family. We get together for lunch at our house and make it a special day. This year I set up the table with Lego colours and made up some Lego lolly bags. boysbirthday boysbirthday1 boysbirthday2boysbirthdays2Now sometimes I make them a birthday cake each but this year I asked them if they wouldn’t mind if they share a cake. They didn’t mind so I made them one BIG chocolate cake!boysbirthday3It was huge. I made two chocolate cakes and joined them together with icing. The chocolate cake recipe I used was lovely and moist. I baked the cake in a 26cm/10inch springform tin. I didn’t want alot of height in the cake as I was joining them together so this recipe was perfect.

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Chocolate Birthday Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 125 gms melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C
  2. Line a cake tin with baking paper (I used a 26 cm/10 inch springform tin)
  3. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the sugar and mix.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla essence and milk. Mix until combined.
  6. Then add the melted butter and mix well.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the tin.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 40 mins. Test with cake skewer if needed.
  9. Once cooked, take out and cool for 5 mins in tin.
  10. Transfer cake onto cake rack to cool completely.

boysbirthday4I didn’t have two of the same size tins so I made the cake twice. It didn’t take long and I was happy with the end result.boysbirthday5I decorated their cake with Lego chocolates and some other delicious treats. I bought some Lego moulds off Ebay and made the chocolates myself. It was fun and the kids really liked them.boysbirthdaysboysbirthdays1We all had a great day. The kids enjoyed their birthday celebrations and thanked everyone for their cards and pressies.

Today was a bit of a slow start for us all. I think after yesterday we needed a stay home day.

What was your weekend like? Did you have any family celebrations?


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  • Reply
    August 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Shared birthday sounds lovely. My sister managed to have 2 of her kids on the same day. Little sister born last year on 7th birthday of her big brother. Not sure if joint birthdays will work as easily for them. That cake looks delish – bookmarked!!

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      August 13, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Sometimes there is less work with shared birthdays and it saves the family visiting us twice! Wow!! Maybe the big brother could get an extra present if he shares the day! The cake was very good. I hope you enjoy baking it xx

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    Ana Lynn
    August 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    That chocolate cakes looks soo good! I always wind up making chocolate cake for both of my kiddos even though throughout the year they say they want something else they usually opt for chocolate cake at the last minute!

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      August 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      It was yummy Ana. I always go to make a different cake too but everyone likes chocolate cake. And it keeps everyone happy!

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    August 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Wow Simone – looks fantastic! I’m very impressed with the Lego chocolate figures you made. Two of my girls are 3 days (and 3 years) apart, so I completely understand the combined party thing. Your boys are very lucky!

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      August 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Julie. The Lego figures were easy to make and the moulds were great to use. I always find the combined party is easier for the visiting family aswell. It’s funny how it happens when the kids are born close to each other but years apart x

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    August 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Cake looks lovely Simone – and what great kids to share their birthday – and cake! Well done all round I think. cheers Wendy

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      August 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Wendy. It is a bit easier when they share their birthdays. The visiting families like it aswell. The cake turned out really well. It was quite big and it was funny watching everyone trying to eat it. Bigger is better, right! Thanks so much Wendy xx

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    Stacy @
    August 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Chocolate! YUMMY! This looks delicious. I can never turn down a piece of chocolate cake. Thank you for sharing on the Merry Monday linky party. Pinned & Tweeted! 🙂 ~Stacy

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      August 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Stacy, I love chocolate too. I loved how the cake turned out. It was very good and moist. Love sharing linky love. I hope you enjoy baking the cake x

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    Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    August 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

    What an amazing cake, you can never have too much chocolate – I love it! I think the combined birthday party is a lovely idea too. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, have a great weekend 🙂

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      August 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you Lauren. The chocolate cake is always a favourite with the kids. I look forward to the next Fabulous Foodie Friday xx

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    Kate @ One Small Life
    August 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    That cake looks soooo yummy. Chocolate cake is my favourite. It’s my kids favourite too, but to be fair they possibly don’t know there are other options as I don’t really understand birthdays without chocolate cake. I’m going to try this recipe for sure – I’ve never tried a tiered cake before, but you make it sound doable, so I think I’m up for the challenge!

    My kids are born 3 days apart so we do the shared birthday thing too. I kinda like it! So far the kids are too little to think to object, I do wonder how it’s going to go soen in the future though!

    Love your lego theme, the bags and chocolates look great!

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      August 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Kate, everyone in our family enjoys a chocolate cake and it always gets eaten. It’s my dads favourite choice for a birthday cake too. The cake was nice and moist. Making the two cakes was easy and you just join them together. I hope you give it a go. I would like to see it when you do. The shared birthday is a good thing. The boys will always have a shared birthday with family as it makes it easier. I just say if they complain they miss out on double celebrations and presents! I loved putting the Lego theme together. It was easy to do. And the Lego chocolates were a hit with the family xx

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    Jenny Jones
    August 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Yumbo Scrumbo. They’ll be remembering that cake and your family get together for ages. What happy memories you are making

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      August 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      The boys loved the cake especially all the yummy decorations x

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    Jo from Blondie By the Sea
    August 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I might just have to make this mix into muffins tomorrow. Yumbo. love the Lego chocolate too. Homemade cake is the best. xx

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      August 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Let me know how it goes with the muffin baking Jo. All the Lego chocolate was eaten and there was only a few slices of cake left. I love homemade cake too x

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    Jo from Blondie By the Sea
    August 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Just posted it to me Evernote Food app. xx

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      August 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      That’s great Jo, thank you!

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