My Dream Birthday Cake

So here it is, my first post for the blog, My Dream Birthday Cake. Three layers  of chocolate cake filled with peanut butter icing and peanut butter cups. The whole thing is covered in chocolate ganache with lots of Reece’s goodies on the top!

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Today is my 30th birthday! I have not been looking forward to turning 30, I would rather just pretend it isn’t happening haha. Unfortunately you get older whether you want to or not which is why I chose my birthday as the date to launch my blog. Starting a blog that included recipes, crafting, diy and decorating ideas has been something that I have wanted to do for a while. But when I made the decision that I was definitely going to start one I chose my birthday date so that I would be looking forward to the date instead of dreading it!

I wanted to do a cake for my first post and as it was going to be on my birthday I started to think about what cake I would want. What would my dream birthday cake be? Well this is what I came up with!

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This chocolate cake recipe is the moistest chocolate cake ever! It just melts in the mouth and it has an amazing chocolate flavour. I’ve made a lot of different chocolate cakes but this one is by far my favourite. When I started thinking about what my dream birthday cake would be I knew straight away it would be based around this cake.

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Next I started to think what I wanted to fill my cake with. Peanut butter is one of my favourite favours and the icing I’ve used in this cake is from Taming Twins Ultimate Snickers Cake. I’ve made this cake from Taming twins more than once and the icing is just the best peanut butter icing I’ve ever tasted! It had to go in my cake. I have added extra peanut butter to mine and changed it to crunchy peanut butter for a little extra texture.

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Once I had chosen peanut butter for the flavour I just knew it would have to have anything Reece’s that I could find. On this cake I’ve included Reece’s peanut butter cups, Reece’s nut bars, Reece’s pieces and this amazing Reece’s ice cream topping that I found in Tesco.

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If you love layer cakes you will want to look at my Lemon Drizzle Layer Cake, my Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and my Classic Victoria Sponge.

I bought the cake topper from ebay from personalised by post 1 (this is no longer available online) I really love it and think it looks great on the cake. You can get it in loads of different colours and ages. I chose green as it’s my favourite colour.

So that’s it! My dream birthday cake. I hope you like it and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below. I’d love to hear what you think!

Lianne x

My dream birthday cake


For the cake

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 3 cups caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups hot strong coffee

For the icing

  • 500 g unsalted butter
  • 750 g icing sugar
  • 213 g jar marshmallow fluff
  • 200 g crunchy peanut butter

For the ganache

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 300 g plain chocolate

For inside and on top of the cake

  • 10 Reece's peanut butter cups
  • 2 Reece's nut bars
  • 1 box Reece's pieces
  • Reece's peanut butter ice cream topping


To make the cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 170c/150c fan oven and grease and line three 23cm cake tins.
  2. Add your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until combined then in another bowl add your eggs, buttermilk and oil and mix together.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into your dry and slowly mix together. Once combined slowly add the coffee and mix.
  4. Divide your cake mix evenly between the three tins and bake them for 30-35 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

For the icing

  1. Put the butter into a bowl or the bowl of your mixer and beat until soft then add the icing sugar and beat for 5-10 mins. You want to make the icing as light and airy as possible. Put the marshmallow fluff into the bowl and beat it in well. Finally beat in the peanut butter.

To make up the cake

  1. Put your first cake layer onto a cake board and add a layer of icing, spread 3 peanut butter cups, chopped up, evenly over the icing. Lay your next cake layer on top then again, ice, spread peanut butter cups and put last cake layer on top.
  2. Scoop enough of the remaining icing, to make the swirls on top, into an icing bag fitted with a large open star nozzle. This way you now know how much of the icing you have left to cover the cake. Cover the whole cake as evenly as you can with the rest of the icing then put it into the fridge to chill.

For the ganache

  1. place a glass bowl over a pan off simmering water and add your cream and chocolate to the bowl. Slowly stir until the two have completely melted together.
  2. Remove the bowl from the heat and leave to cool for 10-15 mins stirring it every minute or so. You need it to cool enough that it won't run straight off the cake but not too much that it isn't pourable.
  3. Place a cooling rack on top of some baking parchment (to catch the drips)then get your cake from the fridge and place it on the cooling rack.
  4. Next you are going to pour the ganache on top of the cake so it runs down the sides. You will need to guide it with an offset spatula to make sure all the sides get covered.
  5. Put it in the fridge to set.

To finish the cake

  1. Once your ganache has set put the cake onto your serving dish. Squeeze your ice cream topping all around the outside edge so you get drips all the way round.
  2. Next get the icing bag you got ready earlier and pipe a ring of swirls around the outside edge. Using the remaining Reece's sweets and chocolate arrange it all on top of the cake. I added some bars and cups standing up and laying down then sprinkled the Reece's pieces in the gaps.
  3. There you have it. My Dream Birthday Cake. Enjoy!

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  1. November 23, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Wow such a nice and delicious recipe. You did alot of hard work which is very good to see. I am also bloggerm, come and see my blog if you wish to 🙂

    While browsing i just stop by to comment on your post to appreciate your work.

    • Lianne
      November 23, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you! I will check it out

  2. December 14, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    This cake looks incredible! Drooling over my keyboard, wish I had that sort of talent!

    • Lianne
      December 14, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you! It’s just practice, you should see the cakes from when I first started!

  3. Emily
    December 14, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Holy cow! This looks phenomenal. One bite and I think I’d pass out from a food coma.

    • Lianne
      December 14, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      Ha Ha! Thank you 🙂

  4. December 14, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    That cake looks amazing and delicious! Happy Birthday!

    • Lianne
      December 14, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  5. December 14, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    That looks amazing and there is a lot of choc which makes it yummy!! I love your dream cake and the fact that you are 30. I miss 30 🙂

    • Lianne
      December 14, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Ha Ha I dreaded turning 30 but I’ve gotten over it now I guess lol. yep there is a lot of chocolate, definitely a cake just for special occasions!

  6. December 15, 2016 / 4:05 am

    Wow, that looks absolutely amazing. If you’re making cakes that look that perfect then you should have a bakery somewhere…that just might possibly be the most perfect cake I’ve ever seen!

    • Lianne
      December 15, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Thank you, I have practiced a lot (my first cakes were not so good looking) I hope to make celebration cakes as a job in the future so fingers crossed!

  7. December 15, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Wow! . So much chocolaty goodness in one cake. I plan on trying this recipe, based on your description of just the CAKE itself. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    • Lianne
      December 15, 2016 / 8:44 am

      Thank you! Well you only turn 30 once so you have to go all out on a cake lol. I was dreading turning 30 but in the end it wasn’t so bad and I had a great day, thank you!

  8. Maggie
    December 15, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    OMG do you know how excited I am to have found your blog via the FB thread right now?!! Firstly Happy 30th Birthday!!! Secondly welcome to the wonderful world of blogging and Thirdly, you had me at the “three layers of chocolate cake” comment!! I’m not the best when it comes to baking even though I really enjoy it – one thing that scares me is the look of certain recipes but I must say this looks quite straightforward if I follow it correctly 🙂 – totally trying this out over Christmas!! xx

    • Lianne
      December 15, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you!!!! Honestly the cake part of this recipe is the easiest! You literally put the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another then mix the two together, you don’t even need a mixer, I just use a wooden spoon so good luck!
      Thank you for following me! I read about your visit to the ritz on your blog yesterday I’m sooo jealous Ha Ha!

  9. December 16, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    This looks SO good!!! I want this as my birthday cake too! I’m starving hahah!

    • Lianne
      December 16, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Ha Ha! Thank you 🙂

  10. Jen Dodrill @ Get Social With Jen
    January 25, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Wow! How amazingly yummy this cake looks! Pinning!

    • Lianne
      January 26, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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