Posted by: Louise | January 18, 2010

Ewan’s birthday cake recipe

The highlight of Ewan’s year is his birthday party. He loves it and he talks about it all year round. There are three things he loves about parties, playing with his friends, the gifts! and the cake. This year we decided to have a football themed party so I was in search for an easy football themed cake and came up with this.


I made a double recipe of my friends chocolate cake recipe (see below) and a double recipe of butter cream frosting (see below). I followed the directions on how to assemble it from this site and hey presto, a football cake.


The directions on the website didn’t say to do a crumb coat but I find that helps make it look better (a crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting that you allow to harden a little, it helps all the crumbs stick to the cake, then when you do your real layer there are no crumbs in it and it looks better). Of course mine doesn’t look like the web version, but Ewan liked it, so mission accomplished 🙂


Jeralyn’s chocolate cake recipe

2 cups flour 1 egg

1 ¾ cups sugar 2/3 cup oil

½ cup cocoa    1 cup sour milk

½ tsp salt 1 cup strong boiling coffee

1 Tbsp baking soda


Preheat oven to 350F

Combine dry ingredients

Add egg, oil and milk

Mix well

Stir in coffee, mixture will be thin.

Bake 40 mins in a well-greased 9×13 pan

Buttercream frosting recipe

1lb confectioner’s sugar (4 cups)

1/2 c butter, softened

1tsp vanilla extract

3tbsp milk

food colouring


In large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, vanilla and milk until smooth. If necessary add more milk until frosting is spreading consistency. If desired, add a few drops of food colouring. Mix everything well. For chocolate buttercream frosting as 1/2 c cocoa



  1. What a cute cake! I’m sure your son loved it!

  2. I used the recipe at the weekend for Aden’s birthday everyone thought it was delicious. I didn’t go for advanced decorations though!

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