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Homemade Birthday Cake Recipes

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I’ve never been to a kids’ birthday party that was Pinterest perfect.

Sure, I’ve seen bits and pieces of it. Tall cylinders of bright candy, little flags designating the mustard from the mayonnaise by the hot dogs, place cards at a children’s tea party.

But even at the cutest, most organized party, red punch is spilled on the white tablecloth, someone totally forgets to buy plastic spoons for the ice cream – you get the idea. Something “off” is bound to happen when a dozen or more kids are involved.

But that’s OK. That’s the real life stuff that kids will never notice and moms and dads will understand.

The cake is typically the centerpiece of a birthday party, so if you can get that right, you’re good to go. You can’t go wrong with a traditional bakery birthday cake, but it can also be fun to try something different.

Here are some ideas to tuck away when you’re planning the next birthday party for your kiddo.

I suppose I’ve raised chocoholics, since my kids would prefer this brownie cake over traditional birthday cake.

Hot Fudge Brownie Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour  
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder  
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt  
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided  
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil  
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract  
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar  
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa  
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips and 3/4 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla. Spread batter in a lightly greased 8-inch square pan.

Combine brown sugar, cocoa and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl; sprinkle over batter in pan. Using a spoon, gently drizzle 1 1/2 cups boiling water over batter, being careful not to disturb layers. (Do not stir.)

Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake layer forms on top and layer springs back when touched. Let cool on a wire rack 25 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream. 

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