The 30 Year Old Birthday Smartie Cake

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

Discuss this post

  • Sophie Lorraine

    twas my birthday yesterday, but my favourite ‘cake’ is cheesecake… :)

    looks like a fun cake to make.

  • CaramelandCandles

    soooooooooo yamiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!

  • Jennifer Louise

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

  • Rohini

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

  • charlotte emma

    that looks so scrummy


  • Harriet Jones

    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

  • Nicole Moseley

    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! :)

  • Celene

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

  • Sophierosehearts

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

    Sophierosehearts x

  • Grace

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

  • Cait

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

  • Avmademoiselle

    The Cake look amazing…nice memory!!…Happy Birthday…

  • Hannah

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


  • hollydocx

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

  • HeartsAndCrosses

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


  • mai-anne

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

  • Klaudia…

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

  • Madeleine Roach

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


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