Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Dad's celebration cake recipe

You can make Dad a really delicious cake for Father Day that looks fancy but takes little effort. The kids can definitely help you with this one. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 3 eggs

Chocolate frosting

  • 125g butter, softened
  • ½ cup cocoa, sifted
  • 4 cups (500g) icing mixture, sifted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Whipped cream in a can
  • 2 boxes Smarties


Preheat oven to 180°C or 170°C fan-forced. Line 2 x 20cm round cake tins with baking paper and set aside.

Sift the plain flour and baking powder together and mix in sugar.

Using a mixer, add the milk, vanilla, butter and eggs and beat for 3 minutes. Pour half of the mixture into each cake tin.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the centre of the cakes bounce back after being touched lightly. Cool on a wire rack.

Chocolate frosting

Using a mixer, beat the butter until pale and add the cocoa and icing mixture. Gradually add the milk  and beat until the sugar is completely dissolved and the frosting is creamy.

When the cakes are cooled, slice one in half and place on a wide serving platter to serve as the D and D in DAD.

Trim the second cake on three sides to form a triangle that will serve as the A. Frost all three pieces of cake and then use the cream to spell out each letter. Dot Smarties all over the cake in a random manner and serve.


  • I was surprised that the mixture went so far.
  • Make sure that you beat the cake mixture well to ensure you have a light and fluffy end product.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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