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The Ultimate Birthday Cake

I really enjoy making personalized birthday cakes for my kids. But the basic recipe is always the same: chocolate cake. I’ll take chocolate cake in any form. It reminds me of my childhood. Be sure to be generous with the frosting and sprinkles…

The exact recipe…different kiddos, you can make cupcakes too…

Snif snif…growing up happens so quickly

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The Ultimate Birthday Cake

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The cake:

  • 2 sticks (220 grams) butter+ a little more for greasing the pan
  • 2 1/2 cups (500 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (40 grams) cocoa powder, sifted + a little more
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

The frosting:

  • 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
  • sprinkles


The cake:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F /160°C.
  • Heavily grease the pan with butter and dust with cocoa powder.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, sugar, water, and sifted cocoa powder. Bring to a genttle boil.
  • Turn off the heat and add baking soda (the batter is going to rise for a second and that's ok).
  • Add the eggs and beat fast and strong (otherwise, you're going to end up with a chocolate omelet)
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, instant coffee, and salt and add to the mixture. Mix well until there are no lumps.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 40-50 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, decorate or sprinkle on some 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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