Father’s chocolate birthday cake!

What do you give a wonderful man who does so much for his community and friends?! A cake! Our Parish Priest is a lovely man who does like to indulge in a little chocolate from time to time, so a chocolate cake was in order for his birthday party, and I was asked to create it. What a nerve racking honour! So with determination and love, I set out to make the finest birthday cake I could, and this is what turned out. It’s no mighty extravagant thing like on tv, but it is humble, and good on the inside! Have a go yourself and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the simpleness of this scrumptious little beauty!



1 cup brown sugar

1 cup caster sugar

¾ cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 cups plain flour

2 eggs

3 tbs sour cream

¾ cup milk

1 cup hot chocolate, I use Jarrah sachets

½ cup olive oil


Frosting ingredients

350g dark chocolate

180ml sour cream

1 ½ cups icing sugar



Combine the sugars, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and stir around until mixed together. Add the wet ingredients now; eggs, sour cream, milk, hot chocolate and oil. Use an electric mixer on a medium speed for a couple of minutes. The mixture will be thin and a little glossy from the hot water in the hot chocolate. Pour the mixture into 2 baking tins that are greased or lined. For this particular cake I used a 22cm round cake tin and filled it almost half way, then poured the rest of the mix into a 10cm base high tin. Place both cakes into a moderate oven, about 180 degrees Celsius for about 30 to 40 minutes (depending on your tins) – just keep an eye on them. At the 30 minute mark if they look done touch the top and if it springs back it is ready, if not it needs a bit more. Let the cakes cool in their tins.

For the frosting I have used my age old sour cream dark chocolate frosting! Place the cream in a saucepan over low heat and heat without boiling, when warm add the chocolate and stir until silky smooth. This will take a few minutes. Sift in the icing powder and stir briskly or use an electric mixer for a minute or so.

Once your cakes are cool, assemble together with a little frosting in between, then frost the outside with as little or as much as you like. The quantity provided allows for a relatively thick coating. On this particular wonderful occasion, I have used Australian native wildflowers to decorate. I hope you enjoy your beautiful cake as much as we did celebrating a brilliant man. Love and peace. xo


Father’s chocolate birthday cake!

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