Written by Dr Meghna Singhal and published on 28 May 2021.
Birthday cakes are the most important part of a child's birthday party. So, why not bake one for your child on his birthday. Here's a special recipe that you and your child are bound to enjoy!
Birthdays are special for children and adults alike. People usually throw birthday parties for their family and friends, complete with food, games, decorations, and of course the cake. In the last two decades, the birthday cake has become a ubiquitous part of celebrations in Indian households. No birthday celebration is complete without a cake. While custom birthday cakes can be ordered from bakeries, why not try baking an impressive cake at home? Here is my recipe for a special birthday cake that your child will love.
I bake this cake often at home - sometimes as a big cake or as small cupcakes. My two children (4.5 years and 2 years of age) actively help me in mixing the batter and I use the time to connect with them and have some fun!
Though there are a variety of flavors of cake available, nothing beats the classic chocolate cake. Here is a recipe for a chocolate cake that can be made easily at home, with most ingredients available in your pantry. Get your child involved too and get baking!
|Ingredients (1 cup - 240 ml)|
|½ cup cocoa powder|
|¾ cup all-purpose flour (or whole-wheat flour)|
|½ teaspoon baking soda|
|¾ teaspoon baking powder (aluminum-free baking powder available online)|
|¼ teaspoon salt|
|2 eggs, at room temperature (to bring them to room temperature, put them in a glass of warm water for 5 minutes)|
|¾ cup brown sugar (decrease to ½ cup if you're also icing the cake. You can also use coconut sugar or jaggery powder as healthier alternatives)|
|½ cup vegetable or coconut oil|
|2 teaspoons vanilla extract|
|½ cup buttermilk|
|For chocolate ganache|
|200 gm dark or milk chocolate bar|
|¼ cup milk|
|For cake topping|
|Fresh fruit of your choice|
|Sprinkles or crumbled Oreo cookies or chocolate chips|
Baking the cake
Making the chocolate ganache
Pour this ganache over the cooled cake until it is completely covered. Decorate with fresh fruit (such as chopped strawberries or bananas), crushed Oreo cookies, sprinkles, or chocolate chips. This is the stage at which I usually let my kids take over and let their imagination run wild (even if it's not perfect and creates a mess). This helps them own the process and makes baking fun for them.
You can also choose a theme for your cake, depending on what your child likes. Here are some popular cake themes for boys and girls.
Go ahead and try making this cake for your child's birthday. Even if it doesn't turn out the way you'd like, it'll be a memorable story to share with friends and family for years!