The 30 Year Old Birthday Smartie Cake

Saturday, 8 December 2012

The first time my mum made this cake was 30 years ago for my older sister's 1st birthday. She used a Mary Berry recipe from a recipe book she bought in 1978! The recipe has never changed but the smarties were my mum's idea... not Mary's. It's really not a fancy cake, but it's something that's become a tradition every year for my birthday and I love it. 

In case you haven't noticed, it's my birthday tomorrow... have I not been talking about it enough?! 

If you want to try our simple, but very yummy chocolate cake, here's the recipe! 

What you'll need:
6 1/2 oz (165g) plain flour
2 level tablespoons (30ml) cocoa
1 level teaspoon (5ml) bicarbonate of soda
1 level teaspoon (5ml) baking powder
5 oz (125g) caster sugar
2 level tablespoons (30ml) golden syrup
2 large eggs
1/4 pint (150ml) sunflower oil
1/4 pint (150ml) milk

Fudge Icing
2 oz (50g) butter
4 level tablespoons (60ml) cocoa
3 tablespoons (45ml) milk
5 oz (125g) icing sugar, sieved

Decorations of choice

For the cake
- Heat the oven to 325F or 170C
- Grease and line the bottom of two 20cm sandwich tins with grease proof paper
- Sift together the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a bowl
- Add the oil and the milk to the dry ingredients 
- Add the sugar, syrup and the eggs lightly beaten
- Use an electric mixer or a wooden spoon to mix everything together until you have a smooth batter
- Pour the mixture equally into the two prepared tins
- Bake the cakes in the centre of the oven for 30-35 minutes, until the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with fingertips

For the icing
- Melt the butter in a pan, add the cocoa, stir to blend and cook for 1 minute
- Stir in the milk and icing sugar and mix to a smooth consistency
- Leave to cool and thicken
- Spread half the mixture between the two cakes and the remainder on top (and let drip down the sides)

I will be scoffing my face on this tomorrow. Yum! 

Let me know if you try it! Tweet me @lilypebbles

Lily xx
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  1. twas my birthday yesterday, but my favourite 'cake' is cheesecake... :)

    looks like a fun cake to make.

  2. soooooooooo yamiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!

  3. This looks so yummy! happy birthday for tomorrow!
    Jennifer x

  4. That looks delicious! Happy Birthday for tomorrow! =) xo

  5. What a sweet tradition. Loving the recipe posts. I'm going to make this for my daughters 1st birthday in March. Also Happy Birthday for tomorrow! X

  6. this sounds so so so delicious thanks for shareing, we also have a fairly basic cake recipe thats used for every birthday but maybe I shall try this one next time! :)

  7. This is such a gorgeous tradition, it's looks yummy! Happy Birthday :) xo

  8. Looks like a yummy cake, hope you have an amazing birthday :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  9. This looks delicious! Hope you have a great birthday!x

  10. Omg my mum has this book! Brings back many memories, I hope you had a lovely birthday, enjoy the cake! xxx

  11. The Cake look amazing...nice memory!!...Happy Birthday...

  12. This looks super yummy!! LOVE the pink sprinkles at the bottom! Happy Birthday for tomorrow!


  13. it's my birthday today and i'm hoping my housemates have baked me something as nice as this!

  14. This looks INCREDIBLE! Haha, I definitely want to try and make something like this!


  15. this is the answer to my current baking urge. thank you!! :)

  16. Mmm... Litually makes my mouth water! Looks delicioust and I bet it was! <3 xo

  17. YUM! But someone else should have definitely been making this for you!!


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