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Nostalgic Birthday Cake

Birthday cake with sprinkles

Birthday traditions don’t have to be complicated or over the top to be wonderful. Whether it’s a special meal, balloons, or greeting cards, these traditions are fun and unforgettable. I will forever remember my mom’s chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and lots of sprinkles and candy. In her honor I make it for my kids and their friends. 

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Birthday cake with sprinkles

Nostalgic Birthday Cake

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For the cake:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) canola oil
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (140 grams) chocolate milk powder ( like Nesquik or Ovaltine) 
  • 200 ml sour cream
  • 1 cup (140 grams) rising flour or 1 cup of all-purpose flour mixed with 1 teaspoon (6 grams) of baking powder
  • Butter or natural oil for greasing the pan

Chocolate frosing:

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons (20 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For decoaring:

  • sprinkles or any candy of your choice


The cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F /180°C.
  • In a large bowl mix together oil and sugar.
  • Add eggs, chocolate milk powder, sour cream, and rising flour.
  • Heavily grease the pan with oil or butter.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 45-55 minutes, until the cake is firm, and a toothpick comes out almost completely dry (with moist crumbs). Cool completely before frosting.


  • Heat all the frosting ingredients until the mixture turns into smooth chocolate syrup.
  • Pour over the cake. Let it sit for 10 minutes, be generous with the sprinkles!

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Hi, I’m Rachel.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m happy you’re here. I am the food blogger behind “Mama Living Abroad.” In this space, I am sharing flavorful recipes that I love to make and have my family and friends approve.

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