Jason and I recently celebrated out 2nd wedding anniversary and since we had a really small wedding, we never had a wedding cake so this year I made us one! I thought it would be great to share now in time for Valentine’s Day! 



  • 2 cups of plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ¾ of a cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of boiling water


  • 1 ½ cups + 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 110g of shortening
  • 1½ tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1½ tablespoons of cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line cake tins
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda & salt) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add all wet ingredients (milk, oil, eggs & vanilla) EXCEPT the boiling water and mix well (on medium-high) with an electric mixer.
  4. Add the boiling water into the bowl and then mix on a low speed until combined.
  5. Mix on high for 1 minute.
  6. Add mix to cake tins.
  7. Bake for 30-40minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean).

While your cakes are cooking, you can make your buttercream

  1. Mix icing sugar, shortening, butter and vanilla on a low-medium speed until completely smooth (about 3 minutes)
  2. While mixing drizzle in the water and mix until fully combined.
  3. If you are making buttercream flowers like I did, seperate small amounts of the icing and colour them as you want. Here is a great tutorial on making buttercream flowers – Cake Style.

Once your cakes are cooked and cooled you can assemble your cake and decorate it! I also put a lovely Sandra Dillon Design cake topper on our cake.

This is our go-to cake recipe in our house! We love it so much so I hope you love it too!



Linking up with: #FoodieFriday | #TwinklyTuesday | #KCACOLS


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    New Mummy Blog


    Looks like a lovely cake! I love all the decorations #kcacols

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    Laura @ Dot Makes 4


    This cake looks so pretty! I hope you had a lovely wedding anniversary 🙂

  3. Reply

    Becky Sparklymummy


    Such a beautiful looking cake #foodiefriday

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    Looks pretty awesome and delicious. Professional too. #kcacols

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    Beautiful cake! You did a great job 🙂 #KCACOLS

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    Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu)


    oh wow that looks absolutely delicious and so pretty too!!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday

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    Wow! Great job – it looks gorgeous 🙂 And congrats on 2 years!! #kcacols

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona


    I have just made a tall birthday cake like this for my husband’s birthday, not nearly so beautifully finished I might add! #twinklytuesday

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    Ali Duke


    The cake looks amazing, well done you! My hubby is the Baker in our house, I could never make anything as good as that.

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      Kayla Arnold


      I hope he bakes you something nice for Valentine’s Day!

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    Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap


    How clever are you. Not only chocolate but the icing is awesome xx #twinklytuesday

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    Helen Reynolds


    Your cake came out so pretty! Nice work!

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    Becky Clark


    Such a pretty cake, almost looks too good to eat! It’s my little boys first birthday next week and I’m making him a cake…it will not be as pretty as yours!! #KCACOLS

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    That is one beautiful cake! If my husband liked cake I’d make it for him for valentines. My daughter likes cake though maybe we will try it for ourselves on Valentine’s Day! #KCACOLS

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    kristin mccarthy


    Such a pretty cake!

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    Rachel George


    A beautiful cake! I have not tried that recipe before but I am a big fan of cake! #KCACOLS

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    Wow! That looks amazing.

    We had a small wedding, maybe 40-50 people. But, i asked my mum to make us a cake! She got somewhat carried away and made a huge 3 tier job. At the wedding we basically ate half a tier, and brought the rest home. We were eating wedding cake all year, we both gained a stone!


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      Kayla Arnold


      Hahaha that sounds amazing!

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    Lisa (mummybakesdairyfree)


    That looks sooo pretty!! I bet it tasted amazing too! My cakes always taste nice (if I may say so myself) but the decoration always resorts to lots and lots of sprinkles!! #foodiefriday

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      Kayla Arnold


      Sprinkles are always a good choice! I made my son a sprinkles birthday cake last week! x