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Best Birthday Cake Recipe

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake

The best, easy birthday cake recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Two chocolate cakes are layered with chocolate frosting and decorated with candies.

Servings: 12 Slices
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade birthday cake
Calories: 699 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1 cup Milk Whole or 2%
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Water Boiling hot
  • 2-3 cups Various candies Such as lollipops, M&M candies, Kit Kats, Twix, Rolo, Sprinkles, Chocolate chips, gum drops e.t.c.
  • 5 cups Chocolate ganache frosting Double this recipe


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, oil, milk, vanilla extract and mix until smooth. 

  2. In another mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda.

  3. Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. 

  4. Pour hot water in the batter and mix until smooth. 

  5. Spread batter in 2 greased and floured round cake pans (Dimensions: 9x2). 

  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean. 

  7. Allow the cake to cool down completely. 

  8. While they are cooling, prepare the chocolate frosting.

  9. Place one cake on a cake stand.

  10. Spread frosting on top of the cake with a spatula

  11. Place the other cake on top of the frosting and gently press it to secure the two cakes together. 

  12. Frost the entire cake in icing. 

  13. Use a spoon to create a rustic pattern all over the cake.

  14. Stick candies all over the cake and push lollipops on top of the cake. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 699 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 352mg15%
Potassium 409mg12%
Carbohydrates 113g38%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 88g98%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.