Want to Learn How to Make a Cake for a Birthday? 10 Great Birthday Cake Recipes That Will Delight Your Loved Ones (2020)

Want to Learn How to Make a Cake for a Birthday? 10 Great Birthday Cake Recipes That Will Delight Your Loved Ones (2020)

If you are planning to bake a birthday cake for your loved one for his upcoming birthday and are wondering how to go about it, then you have just come to the right place. This BP Guide will take you through simple recipes for making a delicious birthday cake at home without any fuss. If you don't have an oven then fret not, because we have included a pressure cooker cake recipe for you as well. Your family is surely going to love your surprise and the birthday cake will be finished in no time.

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Baking a Birthday Cake at Home

Baking a cake is a little more tedious than buying one. But, it is a perfect example of love you can shower on your loved ones. When you don't find a way to get one, or if you feel happier baking it for your kids, spouse or anyone in the family, try these easy cake recipes.

Top 6 Recipes to Bake a Birthday Cake at Home

It is essential that the baking process is kept simple, with easily available ingredients which should be delicious and healthy. We have kept these in mind while bringing you these half a dozen yummy cake recipes.

#1: Biscuit Cake

This is how you can make this delicious "no-bake" biscuit cake:

Ingredients Required:

  • 250 gm glucose biscuits (You can choose any other biscuit instead of glucose biscuits - Marie, digestive, or sweet crackers)
  • 80 gm chocolate
  • ½ tbsp instant coffee
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

How to Make:

  • Use a medium sized cake pan. Line it with a parchment paper or butter paper.
  • Warm ⅓ cup water in a small pan. The water should be slightly hot.
  • Transfer it to a bowl. Add the ½ tbsp coffee powder to it. Mix well and keep it aside.
  • You can use cocoa powder or drinking chocolate instead of coffee powder.
  • Now, take ½ cup milk in a saucepan. The alternatives are soy milk or almond milk.
  • Add the cocoa powder to the milk and mix well without lumps.
  • Now add sugar to suit your taste.
  • On a medium flame, heat the mixture, and keep stirring with a wired whisk till the sugar dissolves.
  • Simmer the stove, when the mixture comes to boil, and stir for 2-3 minutes. Switch offer after 3 minutes, and add chopped chocolates to this mixture.
  • Take the pan off the stove and mix thoroughly. The chocolates will melt in the heat, and the mixture will turn glossy.
  • Keep this aside. Now, dip the biscuits in the coffee solution without breaking them.
  • Coat the biscuits with the coffee solution and place them in a single layer.
  • Then continue to do the same and place 2 layers.
  • Pour ½ of the chocolate icing on the biscuits.
  • Make the 3rd layer and the 4th layer. Pour the remaining chocolate mixture over the biscuits.
  • Cover the cake with a paper, and refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight.
  • Open gently and slice carefully. This layered cake is yummy and is easy to make. Kids would enjoy the flavour.

#2: Pineapple Cake

Ingredients Required:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ tsp vanilla essence
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (you can also use tinned pineapples that come in syrup
  • ¼ cup pineapple syrup
  • 2 cups cream (whipped and chilled)
  • 2 cake tins, 8 inch round and lined with parchment paper

How to Make:

  • Preheat the oven to 204°C.
  • Grease the tin and coat with flour or granulated sugar.
  • Break the eggs in a mixing bowl one by one.
  • To this bowl add the vanilla essence, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  • Beat the mixture thoroughly till it becomes foamy and light. The right consistency is when you take the blender off the mixture, it should form a trail. The trail should blend with the batter immediately.
  • Now, add the all-purpose flour to this mixture. Add 1 tbsp initially with a rubber spatula, with the cutting and folding method. Use the upward, downward and outward strokes.
  • Keep adding rest of the flour in the same manner.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  • When done, you should be able to insert a clean knife and when you remove it, the knife should come out clean.
  • Cut into layers when cooled. On one layer, sprinkle ½ of the pineapple syrup and spread the whipped cream.
  • Then place another layer of cake, and pour the rest of the pineapple syrup, and cover the cake with the whipped cream.
  • Decorate with the pineapple slices.
  • Chill the cake, and it is going to be an instant hit with the kids and your family. The vanilla flavour and the fresh pineapple is a perfect combo for the cake lovers.

#3: Chocolate Cake in Microwave

Ingredients Required:

Dry Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar

Wet Ingredients:

  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup boiling hot water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

For Frosting:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1½ tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cup powdered sugar

How to Make:

  • Preheat the oven at 175°C for 15 minutes, and grease an 8 inch pan and line it.
  • In a bowl, add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt by sieving them together.
  • Stir well after adding sugar.
  • In the centre of the bowl, make a well, to pour milk, egg and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk well and combine all the ingredients without lumps.
  • Now, add boiling hot water to make it a runny batter.
  • Pour into the cake pans, and tap them to release air.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Leave the cake in the wire rack for 10 minutes, and invert after it cools. Let it cool completely before frosting.
  • Make sure the butter is soft but still cold. Beat for two minutes, to make it creamy and light.
  • Add all the ingredients for frosting except the milk. Beat together to make them creamy and light.
  • If you find the frosting is thick add milk and beat. If it is runny add powdered sugar.
  • Keep in fridge for some time, and then spread over the cake.
  • You can use the chocolate cake for a week by refrigerating.
  • This lip-smacking cake wouldn’t last that long though, as your kids would surely finish it off much faster.

#4: Fruit Cake

Ingredients Required:

  • 40 gm raisins
  • 30 gm apricots
  • 20 gm cranberries
  • 60 gm glazed cherries, all chopped.

Spice Ingredients:

  • 1 small piece nutmeg
  • 1.5 gm of Ceylon cinnamon
  • 8 cloves

For the Fruit Cake:

  • 20 gm citrus peels
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 120 ml orange juice
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1¾ cup wheat flour
  • 100 gm chopped nuts

How to Make:

  • To make the cake, chop all the nuts and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, put apricots, raisins, citrus peels and cranberries.
  • Boil ¾ cup and 1½ tbsp water, and pour over the dry fruits. Keep aside to cool.
  • Make a fine powder of the spices in a processor.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C for 15 minutes.
  • Now to the fruit mixture, added melted butter, vanilla, vinegar, orange juice, and sugar. Stir everything together.
  • Sieve the flour, spice powder, soda and salt in a bowl together. Mix the flour finely, and make a well in the middle.
  • By this time, the oven would have been preheated for 15 minutes. Mix all the flour with the cooled down fruit mixture.
  • There should be no streaks of flour, and mix with a spatula. Add the chopped nuts and cherries. Stir gently.
  • Transfer the mixture to the cake pan, and tap it against the counter-top twice. If you overdo it, the nuts will settle at the bottom.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-45 minutes. In a loaf pan it will take about 50 minutes, and in a 9 inch pan, it will get done in 30 minutes.
  • Cool the cake after it is done for 10 minutes.
  • Slice after it completely cools down. Dust with powdered sugar. A healthy fruity cake for your kids to get the nourishment, with a mouth-watering recipe.

#5: Vanilla Cake in Cooker

Making a vanilla cake in a pressure cooker, without an oven, is easy, and you need not compromise on the taste.

Ingredients Required:

  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ tbsp vinegar
  • 100 gm chocolate (for frosting, optional)

How to Make:

  • Use a 7 inch tray and grease it. Line it with a parchment paper and keep it aside.
  • In the pressure cooker, spread the salt evenly.
  • Cover with a plate, and over it place a ring or hot pot stand.
  • Take off the gasket and weight. Heat the cooker after covering it.
  • While it gets heated, make the cake butter.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, vanilla, vinegar and milk.
  • Stir till the sugar dissolves, and add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt as you sieve into the bowl. Mix gently to combine the flour mixture.
  • Pour to the greased pan, and knock thrice on the counter. For a golden glaze, brush the top with milk.
  • Now the tray has to be placed inside the cooker. The cooker would have been heated now, and keep the tray on the ring or stand.
  • Cover the cooker and bake for 50-60 minutes over low flame. When done, the top should be dry, and a knife would come out of it clean.
  • Let it cool on a wire rack, and slice when cooled fully.
  • For the optional frosting, melt the chocolate using the double boiling method.
  • When it smoothly melts, cool it. On the cooled cake, pour this melted chocolate.
  • Spread it evenly and decorate with chocolate sprinkles, if available. An enchanting feast for the eyes, and a scrumptious cake that delights the kids.

#6: Dates and Walnut Cake

Ingredients Required:

  • 1½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk (substitute with almond or soy milk for vegan recipe)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup seedless dates
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

How to Make:

  • To begin with chop the dates and walnuts, and set aside.
  • Grease the cake pan.
  • Heat the milk, and add coffee powder to it. Add the dates and stir. They should be in the milk for 15 minutes.
  • Sieve the flours, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Preheat the oven after sieving at 200°C.
  • Add vanilla powder and sugar to the flour.
  • Now, mix the sieved flours to the milk mixture in a bowl, along with the oil, walnuts and a cup of water.
  • Using an electric beater, mix these completely to form a smooth batter. Fold in the chocolate chips of cocoa nibs.
  • Pour the batter into the greased tray. Use a rubber spatula to take the batter from the sides of the bowl.
  • Shake the tray from the sides, and place it in the oven. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
  • You can store this in the refrigerator, if your kids allow you to take the cake from them.

3 Tips for Baking Newbies

It is not mandatory that a novice shouldn’t explore baking options and sticks to the monotonous recipes. There are lip-smacking recipes listed out here, and tips below to make the a cake hit.

#1: If You Don't Have an Oven, Use the Cooker Method

It is a myth that you cannot bake without an oven. You can use the pressure cooker at home. You need to preheat the pressure cooker with salt. Pour a couple of cups of salt into the cooker. Cover it with a plate. Use a ring or stand inside the cooker. On this, you need to place the cake tray or pan. Most important is that you need to remove the whistle and gasket. Voila! It gives the same spongy and tasty cake like an oven.

#2: For the Eggless Version, Replace Eggs with Substitutes

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, don’t stop baking cakes just because you need eggs. You have enough choices for baking – silken tofu, mashed bananas, and sweetened condensed milk. The popular choices are buttermilk and yogurt. You will never know the difference between an eggless cake and the one that has egg.

#3: For Healthier Versions, Use Whole Wheat or Oat Flour

Are you worried about the harmful effects of all-purpose flour? The processed flour is the main ingredient in any cake. But, you can opt for healthier versions with oat flour and whole wheat flour. You can find recipes with these flours as well. A few variations might be needed, in the usage of water. Apart from this, there are no hassles in baking a healthy cake.

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If you are a novice baker and are planning to bake a birthday cake for the first time, then it is important for you to follow the recipe carefully so that your birthday cake comes out to be far better than even your expectations. We hope this BP Guide would have helped you decide which birthday cake you would like to bake next. Stay connected with us for more such engaging content.