My dad’s birthday weekend: mishaps and a recipe!

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Hi everyone! I’m back home after a weekend away at my parents’ to celebrate my dad’s 74th birthday.

Remember the cake I made him when he turned 18?

It was a lot of fun and I got to spend some time with my mom, dad and grandma (and even some family that surprised my dad) and that’s always great. Actually, it seems to never be enough, but it’s always great.

Even though it was lots of fun, it wasn’t empty of mishaps.

I drove to my hometown on Friday and I got there around dinner time. We had dinner, and then it was time to bake my dad’s cake. I really wanted to make a chocolate cake, with chocolate sauce and frosting, decorated with strawberries or some sort of berries {strawberries won, as they were already there 😉 }.

The recipe that I used was Laura Vitale’s Chocolate Cake. It was an oldie but a goodie, so I wanted to make it. Just the cake, the sauce and frosting were my own.

I will share the chocolate sauce and frosting recipe below, it’s my absolute favorite and it’s really good and easy to make. Also, it’s completely foolproof.

I had all the ingredients and I made it. After taking the cakes out of the oven, I realized it would be really small for 7 people. So, I got ready to bake another one.

I prepared everything and then while I was taking the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, from the flour container… a worm. A WORM. A fluffy, creepy, white worm got stuck in the border of the measuring cup. I touched it because I didn’t realize what it was immediately… and I can still feel it.

The flour wasn’t in the container for that long. I decided to check the rest of it and sifted it. EGGS. Lots and lots of eggs.

This reminds me: I need to go out and buy a good sifter. Every tablespoon of flour will be sifted as long as I remember this event. I’m now aware that we can’t be sure of what comes with the flour. Or I may need to start making my own eheh

So, the batter went to the toilet and my perfect, beautiful cakes that were already baked, to the trash can. I wouldn’t risk it obviously.

My mom still had unopened packages of flour in the pantry, so she sifted an entire package and I got to make the cake once again. This time, I doubled the recipe and decided to divide the batter in three pans.

By now, it was 1am.

Everything goes well, I divide the batter and just as I’m placing the second pan in the oven, something happens to one of my hands… batter all over the oven door {the really really hot oven door} and floor.

So, at around 1.30am this was the picture: me and my mom trying to take every drop of batter from the oven door before it cooks and then clean the floor and trash can {was close to the oven and got some splashes of batter}.

Eventually I re-divided the batter and put it in the oven to bake.

This cake takes around 45-50 minutes to bake so when it was time to take it out of the oven, it was around 2.30/3am.

And the cakes got stuck in the pan. Yup. The “worm cakes” that I baked before turned out perfect, but this ones, got stuck. At 3am.

Fortunately I was able to take everything out and “glue” it back together with the sauce. But seriously. Baking isn’t this hard usually. This never happened to me.

We then went to bed and the next day I finished it and it was really cute and delicious. I decorated it with 74 strawberries {my mom’s idea} and it was really cool.

My dad's birthday weekend: mishaps and a recipe! | by

I forgot to take a better photo of the actual slice {was really busy digging in}, but I did Instagram it. How delicious does that look, huh?

My dad's birthday weekend: mishaps and a recipe! | by

The rest of the weekend was spent spending time with my family and I even got to see one of my friends from middle school and her family. Even though it wasn’t during a happy event, I was really happy to talk to her, to them and re-connect a bit. Sending virtual hugs, lots and lots of them.

I cooked two meals for them and yesterday I saw the entire Oscars! Went to bed at 5am and I have to say, I loved it! Ellen did a really amazing job and I’m hoping she’ll be the host for next year’s.

And today I drove back home – and that was it! I spend the last couple of hours trying to keep up with everything and taking care of some things because, honestly, I did close to nothing of work this weekend. It’s almost impossible. =)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering – I did work out Saturday and Sunday on my parents’ treadmill, as I always do whenever I’m visiting. So all the cake eating didn’t take as much of a toll as it could have. 😉

So, check out the chocolate sauce, filling and frosting recipe below, save it, print it, share it, pin it! You’ll love it and I’m sure it will be the one you’ll be coming back to when you need a good chocolate sauce or cake frosting. =) For my cake, I tripled the recipe, just so you know.

Chocolate Sauce, Filling and Frosting

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons powdered chocolate / cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Put everything in a sauce pan. Place in the stove and heat it, stirring until everything is combined and covers the back of a spoon.


After completely cooled, it will be harder if used as a frosting, but if used as a filling, it will keep the moisture.

This is amazing used in so many ways - I've used it as filling, frosting, on top of ice cream, on crepes... It's really really good!

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3 thoughts on “My dad’s birthday weekend: mishaps and a recipe!

  • March 4, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Yum! Oh man! It sounds like you & your mom are little troopers, haha. Oh my geez, that cake looks amazing. The strawberries are so pretty! I’m glad you guys had a good time.

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    That is such a funny story. Sometimes it is the little tasks we’ve performed a hundred times that trip us up – worms are so gross… I’m making a face as I read this! I think I would have been a disappointing daughter, crashed, and headed out to buy a cake in the morning:) They look great, though – no one would ever know about your sacrifice of time and sleep!

  • March 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    If that doesn’t look delish!!!! What an amazing gal! Following from Let’s be Friends Hop!!!

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