Birthday season and the very best chocolate cake recipe ever

Birthday season has begun in our family. All six of us (including new little one due in October) have birthdays during the late summer and fall. I splurged on a wonderful birthday banner I spotted on Etsy. I loved it, and knew I wouldn't be able to get a variety of nice fabrics to make one myself in time for the start of birthday season. So I ordered it from Meringue Designs (check out her gorgeous pillows, too!) and it arrived an hour before our first birthday celebration began.


It will get so much use this fall, I'm thinking we should just leave it up until our last birthday in November.

For my husband's birthday in early August, I made a chocolate cake from the very best chocolate cake recipe I've ever tried. I've baked so many homemade cake recipes over the years and they were all too dry for my liking. Mira, an online friend who blogs at This Lovely Moment, generously shared this wonderful recipe with me after seeing my SOS for a moist cake recipe on Facebook. Here's the recipe. I can't recommend it enough.

This photo is all I have, and it wasn't the best frosting job (that's what happens when you have 3 children eagerly clamoring to help out) but it was made with love, and that's what counts, right?


All of our gifts were handmade. Daniel had been making little cards and trinkets and paper presents for weeks and stashing them away in a secret place. He and Benjamin also made games to play with their daddy. They spent a happy day or two planning and creating their games. A handmade banner, homemade birthday cake, and joyful children's creations made for a lovely celebration.


7 thoughts on “Birthday season and the very best chocolate cake recipe ever

  1. Allison

    I was already to try that recipe, Christine. Your cake looks so yummy. I was stopped dead in my tracks, though, with “1 cup boiling coffee”. Darn. I can’t stand the taste of coffee in anything. No on in my house can. Do you think the coffee is essential?

  2. Christine - Origami Mommy

    I was leery of the coffee too, especially because I am so careful about exposing my children to caffeine. However – you can’t taste it at all. Honestly! And it didn’t seem to affect the children any more than plain chocolate would.
    Maybe Mira will comment here – I do have a feeling it’s the coffee that makes it that moist. I could be wrong though.
    Let me know if you try it without it. Maybe just a cup of boiling water, or some coffee substitute? Or even some tea?

  3. Jennifer Fink

    Azkaban challenge? Me thinks you have some Harry Potter fans in your house. 🙂
    I may need to give that recipe a whirl. Aug. is birthday month for us; Boy #2 turns 9 next week.

  4. Christine - Origami Mommy

    Perhaps our boys share a birth date? My oldest is turning 9 next week too. I cannot believe it!
    And yes – major HP fans here. I feel like I’m living at Hogwarts. My son tore through the series in 2 months. I’m wondering whether Daniel will be motivated to read it when he’s older now that his brother has told him every bit of the plot.

  5. cheerios

    c, i made my first homemade cake!! i copied your raspberry topping 🙂 i can imagine b, d, and m going nuts for this cake! give them kisses for me!

  6. Christine - Origami Mommy

    I’m so glad you tried it! I forgot to mention in the post that I baked it about 10 minutes extra. It’s a very runny batter so it needed the extra time.
    Yes, the children loved it – loved decorating and loved eating.


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