Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake

Your very own chocolate cake showstopper

So I got to thinking, maybe we should have an Easy Peasy Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe on Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

In fact I think we need one don’t you think?

It’s a celebration that for most people always involves a cake? (obviously)

I blardy love a piece of birthday cake, especially when it’s homemade. Nothing nicer in my book 

So you need look no further – here’s the perfect idea for a Chocolate Birthday Cake!!!

It looks complicated but it really is super easy


Why do we eat cake for a Birthday? 

I wasn’t entirely sure why we give ‘cake’ at Birthday celebrations, however having had a look it would appear

‘In the 15th century, bakeries in Germany began to market one-layer cakes for customers’ birthdays as opposed to only marketing cakes for weddings, and thus the modern birthday cake was born. Wiki


I wanted only one Birthday Cake Recipe for the blog. (since I’ve added Naked birthday cake too) 

After all the whole point of my blog is no fuss, easy cooking and baking! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

And let’s not forget homemade cake is such a treat!

SIMPLE is the key! Always 


Basic Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe – so moist 

So I have a base recipe here for an Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake that you can alter in the decoration depending on who it’s for, child or adult, male or female.  

And indeed you can customise and add what the recipient likes and what sweets are their favourites.

Who wouldn’t want a birthday without an amazing indulgent Chocolate Birthday cake? 


 Cake batter in tins

Chocolate Cake 

So we start with a basic chocolate cake 

I decided that most people like Chocolate – especially at Birthday times?

But you could also make it with vanilla sponges – of course you could 

Also please remember it can easily  be modified for Easter and Christmas! The opportunities are endless!

Oh and what about Halloween? Stop me now….

Oh and Maybe heart shaped for Valentines Day?


Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake Ideas,  for kids and adults 

It would also work perfectly as a vanilla cake using maybe White Chocolate Kitkats? Ooooo 🙂 Now there’s a great idea!

So here is a Chocolate extravaganza Birthday Cake that I hope will be a bit of a show stopper!

Have fun 🙂 

Go wild – it’s so easy and takes little skill – it also goes down a storm!

Chocolate Birthday Cake with Sweets – there’s no failing here.

There are so many things you can use to decorate, I used:

  • Kitkats (lots)
  • or Chocolate fingers? 
  • Malteasers
  • M and M’s
  • Kinder Eggs
  • Curly Wurly
  • Bueno’s
  • Chocolate lollipop
  • I think it would also be great with jelly sweets and lollipops and maybe a few strawberries because making it personal to the receiver is the key?
  • Maybe  chocolate fingers, matchmakers, Flakes, Mini Eggs, oh anything, would be nice!


White Chocolate Birthday Cake idea? 

Oh and I made a White Chocolate version as well – just go for it!

This was for Bake It Pink for Breast Cancer and it raised a fair bit of cash for the charity 

The idea here is just to show how flexible and easy it is to make this Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake!


White Chocolate Birthday Cake


So how do you make an Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake?

So why not just go for it, use this Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe as the basis to develop you’re very own showstopper!

It’s easy and straight forward and you don’t have to be a great baker at all.

Most of the icing work gets covered anyway, so please don’t worry about that….


Step By Step to your perfect chocolate birthday cake extravaganza

Chocolate Butter cream / chocolate frosting 

Chocolate butter cream is delicious and easy to make and easy to work with! 

Here are the baked sponges filled with chocolate butter cream 




Then just go for it, mines quite neat but it doesn’t need to be as long as you get a good covering of  buttercream / chocolate frosting over it.

The finished cake will be covered with sweets so the cake really doesn’t need to be perfect:


 Birthday Cake


Then you get to the fun part – the really fun part 


How to decorate your Chocolate Birthday Cake – Easy Peasy 

Then decorate – and you’re off!

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake


Birthday Cake Ideas – Have a go at making your own! 

Please please have a go and let me see your creations! I’d really love that!

Come on it’s an Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake – I promise you can make a great showstopper and the kids will adore it for sure!

I’d really love to see you ideas – really I would 

Drop me a comment below and let me know what you do! I’d really love to see your creations

Thanks Clare


Another Easy Birthday Cake Recipe – This time a naked cake

Here’s another more delicate kinda birthday cake

It’s super easy and you should really give it a try. 

Another Easy Birthday Cake Recipe - This time a naked cake

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 10
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Chocolate Birthday cake - create your very own showstopper


  • Cake
  • 3 large Eggs free-range
  • 175 g 6 oz Self-Raising Flour
  • 175 g 6 oz Caster Sugar
  • 175 g 6 oz Softened Butter
  • level tsp Baking Powder
  • 40 g 1½ oz Cocoa Powder
  • 4 tbsp Boiling Water
  • Butter Icing
  • 150 g Softened Butter
  • 300 g Icing Sugar sieved
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • Decoration the FUN Bit
  • Kitkats 36 fingers
  • Malteasers
  • M&M's
  • Kinder Eggs
  • Curly Wurly
  • Bueno's
  • Chocolate lollipop


  • Cakes
  • Preheat the oven to 180C, gas 4.
  • Grease and line two 8 inch or two 20cm sandwich cake tins (7 inch would also do)
  • In a large mixing bowl beat together the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter and baking powder until smooth.
  • Put the cocoa in separate mixing bowl and add the water a little at a time to make a stiff paste.
  • Add this paste to the cake mixture and combine
  • Turn into the prepared tins, level the top and bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 mins, or until shrinking away from the sides of the tin and springy to the touch.
  • Leave to cool in the tin, then turn on to a wire rack to become completely cold
  • Butter icing
  • Cream the softened butter with the sieved icing sugar and cocoa powder until smooth (I do it with an electric stand mixer - or electric hand mixer. Or you can do it by hand (think of those toned arms 🙂 )
  • Finally add the milk to slacked off - helps to soften which means icing the cake is easier
  • Construction
  • Place your first cake on a plate or on a cake board, whatever you will ultimately serve it on
  • Add approx. 1/3 of your butter cream and spread evenly across the cake
  • Pop the next cake on top Roughly cover the whole cake in the remaining butter cream - don't be too worried about it being perfect - it should be just a thin layer and it will be covered up!
  • Next break your KitKats into 1 finger and start placing around the outside of your cake - they will stick to the buttercream (don't eat the KitKats 🙂 )
  • When the outside is totally covered in KitKats - place your ribbon around and tie in a bow (also helps to secure the KitKats)
  • Then decorate as you wish, Ilike a bit of height and colour on mine! Now just enjoy!!!!


  1. Michelle Nichols

    5 stars
    Hi if I was to use a 12inch cake tin would I do 1.5x more?

    Brill recipe

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent cake.

    Awesome taste . Very soft .

    Fun to make .

  3. Thank you very much for the recipe . 🙏

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