‘I Wish It Were My Birthday’ Cake


I Wish it Were My Birthday Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Yesterday, I picked up a fabulous cookbook by Sherry Yard.  And in it, she talked about her earliest memories of baking.  And then I realized, there is no history of baking in my family.  In fact, my history of baking starts with me!  And it started rather late in my life.  So I tried to search back on any memories I had of instances where my curiosity about baking was piqued.  And I recalled a bakery near my home that I would go to for the most amazing cakes!  They only sold 4 or 5 different kinds.  But they were the kind of cakes I can only imagine a grandmother would bake!  And there was one in particular.  A yellow cake with chocolate frosting and pieces of penny candy and confetti and bows all over it.  Every time I saw that cake in the bakery I would think to myself…..‘awwww….I wish it were my birthday’!

And so yesterday, when I realized I was the beginning of the baking history in my family…I decided to start a tradition.  If you feel like celebrating your life….don’t wait till your birthday to do it! And so I give you…..‘I Wish It Were My Birthday’ Cake!  This is an adaptation of Sherry Yard’s recipe and one of the most delicious yellow cakes I have ever tasted!  The thing about making your own celebration cake is……..

…….that you can decorate it any way you’d like.  I tried to keep true to that cake of my dreams by using penny candy (which is no longer a penny….it’s 7 cents a piece!)….and some candy confetti and ribbon…..and I really liked how it turned out.  It’s funny….both of my boys came home today….opened the fridge and asked….“Whose birthday is it?”  To which I replied….“I wish it were mine…..but we’re celebrating anyway!”


I Wish it Were My Birthday Cake | From My Sweet Heart

So no more waiting for special occasions to wear my best jewelry or use my fancy dishes!  Go ahead and wish for whatever you want….and then go ahead and make it come true!  To celebrate with this amazing and delicious cake….here’s what you need…..


Yields:  8-10 servings

Level of Difficulty:  Easy (and fun!)



  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of baking powder
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of whole milk

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Place the rack in the middle of the oven.  Spray two, 9 inch round cake pans with cooking spray.  Line them with parchment paper, and then spray the parchment as well.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together twice and set aside.

In your electric mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the sugar and butter at medium speed until it is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Scrape down the bowl and paddle as needed.  Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Then add in the vanilla.

Beat the mixture on low speed while you alternate the milk and flour mix in 3 additions.  Beat only until smooth.  Divide the batter into the prepared pans.  Bake for 30 minutes, rotate your pans halfway through.  The cake is done when it lightly springs back when you touch the top with your finger.  The cake should also pull away slightly from the sides of the pans.  If necessary, bake longer, checking at 5 minute intervals.  My cake was done at 30 minutes.  Let the cakes cool for about 15 minutes before inverting onto a rack.  Remove the pans and parchment.  Allow to cool a couple of hours before frosting.  I made mine in the evening, wrapped them in plastic wrap and stored them on my counter until the next day.


I Wish it Were My Birthday Cake | From My Sweet Heart


  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 12 ounces of semi sweet chocolate finely chopped

Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Allow to cool completely.  With your electric mixer and the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy.  Add the cooled, melted chocolate and beat for another minute or so, until smooth.  Frost your cake!

NOTE:  I usually trim my cakes until they are flat topped.  And even then, I used the bottom of the cake as the top.  With this recipe, I don’t have to trim the cakes.  But I DO brush a little simple syrup on the tops before frosting to help keep the cakes moist!

Celebrate and enjoy!!!



  1. says

    Anne!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS CAKE! It totally made me smile when I saw it. What a fun cake. I want it for my birthday… but wait… I CAN have it anyway because it’s a I wish it was my birthday cake! YIPPY! This such a cute idea. I must do this on a ordinary hum-drum day just to celebrate being alive.. what a great sentiment. I love the candy and confetti on the top of it. You have done such great job. I never thought to decorate a cake like that… genius! My favorite flavors for cake are yellow cake with chocolate frosting too! So this is the cake of my childhood dreams as well. WELL DONE!! **applause***

    • Anne says

      Oh Ramona! Thank you so much! I have to smile at this cake, too. I think it’s those silly smiley face lollipops! But it really was a fun way to perk up a rainy day here. And the cake is really delicious! We all need to celebrate for no reason every once in a while! You are a doll! : )

  2. says

    Wowzers! Happy I wish it were my birthday birthday! You go girl! No need to wait. You are special enough to celebrate everyday! This looks amazing and I have yet to find a fabulous yellow cake recipe. I will be bookmarking this one!

    • Anne says

      Dee….this is really a GREAT yellow cake….both texture and flavor! And thank you for the non birthday wishes! Ha! : )

  3. says

    What a great idea. And a gorgeous cake. I may try this idea out myself. We have no family cooking traditions I can really recall either. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. Jon says

    Wow…killer looking cake. I share your
    attitude but with champagne…it doesn’t
    need to be your birthday.

    • Anne says

      Thanks Jon! I am coming over to your ‘sunset deck’ soon so we can celebrate with champagne AND cake! ; – }
      (That’s a nice pic of you! Did I take that one?)

  5. says

    Amen Anne! I celebrate EVERYTHING! Some of my friends think I’m silly, but I think it’s important to be grateful for everything and to celebrate the “little” and big blessings in one’s life… even if it’s “just” celebrating being here one more day. LOVE this cake and your thoughts behind making it!

    • Anne says

      Hi Chrissy! This WAS fun…I felt like a big kid making it! All goofiness aside….it’s pretty delicious! Looks like you’ve been cooking up a storm! : )

  6. says

    Oh, this is one perfect cake! My hubby always requests this combination for his birthday…I’m using your recipe for cake and frosting next. Maybe I won’t even wait for his birthday! Love the idea of brushing with simple syrup….great tip to keep the cake moist :)

    • Anne says

      Thanks Liz! I think next time I feel like celebrating, I will be making Near Death by Chocolate. That was one beautiful cake!!! : )

  7. says

    Anne, this cake looks divine!!! Thanks for your kind words on my blog….I am delighted to have discovered yours! It is fantastic—you have done a beautiful job with it. Looking forward to following you. BTW–love the Eleanor quote…now, if only I had a piece of this cake to really think ponder it…ha! Cheers, Nina

    • Anne says

      Thanks Nina! And I’ll be following you, too! I really love the eclectic style of your blog. And your baking and photography are amazing! : )

  8. says

    I love the texture of this cake and I have save this recipe. Your pictures are amazing and the cake is undoubtedly delicious. Thanks for the tip on keeping the layers moist. Yum!

  9. says

    Anne – you and I are in the same boat! Baking in my family begins with me! We had boxed cakes that were slapped together….in fact, I came from boxed food! That’s how we ate, day-in and day-out! I love to cook – my parents did not. But, like you, I also started late!

    I love your cake and agree with you – you SHOULD make a cake for you….you deserve it!

    GREAT post! I am, happily, a new follower!

    • Anne says

      Ann…not sure what it was about my parent’s generation. But cooking was a chore for them. Not a pleasure and most everything came from a box or a can for us, too!!! Yikes! : )

    • Anne says

      Jamie…and I wish I had half of your cooking AND photography skills! Thanks for your kind comments. Now let’s celebrate! :- }

  10. says

    Thanks for linking to this from your Banana Cake with Coffee Walnut Buttercream posting- I enjoyed reading this one, too! The description of the little girl wanting that beautiful cake is so sweet….and then you made one for “her”. Beautiful. :)

  11. says

    Anne, I’ve been skipping around your blog tonight and checking out posts before Feb 2013 when we met on g+. I love the message associated with this cake. Your baking is fabulous and it’s hard to believe you haven’t been in the kitchen all your life. I’m so glad you started a new baking tradition in your family and share your joy of baking with us.

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