There is a glut of birthdays in our family around this time so I was pleased to discover this chocolate cake recipe in a book recently. The kids helped me make it a few times, and really enjoyed it.
60g butter (softened)
165g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
60ml boiling water
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
160g icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp boiling water
Cream the butter & sugar until smooth, and add in the egg, beating well.
Sift the flour and cocoa together, and fold them into the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk.
In a cup, combine the water and bicarb, and lightly fold into the mixture. Pour the complete mixture into a well greased cake tin and take at 180 / 160 fan for around 30-40 mins. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
When you are ready to ice the cake, sift the flour and cocoa into a bowl and mix together. Add the water a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Spread over the cool cake.
Before the icing dries & sets completely, carefully sit your numbers (or letters if you want to spell out a name!) on top and sprinkle over Hundreds & Thousands. Gently left the numbers up and you will be left with sprinkled numbers in your desired age - easy peasy!
I saw the idea of using pre-cut numbers or letters a while back - I think the Blogger in question cut them out of cardboard so if you don't have these kind of plastic ones you could easily do that.
You could always add some more decorations to fancy it up further, or just some candles. I love the idea of using jelly beans to create flowers too - check it out here.