Cake, glorious cake. We Irish are a nation of cake lovers, from the ‘Fri-yay office treat’, and ‘he dumped me’ sympathy slice, to the ‘we got hitched’ four-tier masterpiece. However, the star bake has to be the time-honoured birthday cake.
Birthday cake recipes are unique, but all share three common ingredients: love, memories and wishes baked into every bite! To celebrate Easy Food Magazine’s momentous 15th birthday, we decided to discover Ireland’s all time favourite birthday cake, and bake the winner for our office party!
The hunt for Ireland’s favourite birthday cake
Step 1: Selecting the Super Six
The Easy Food team took the challenge of choosing a shortlist of top cakes extremely seriously, and after much debate and taste testing (it’s a tough job), we selected six of our favourite birthday cakes: Cheesecake, Victoria sponge, Rocky Road, Buttercream, Chocolate and Pavlova?
Step 2: Time to vote for the queen of cakes
Then we asked you, our loyal foodie lovin’ readers, which cake you were most fondant of (sorry, we couldn’t resist). You weren’t backward in coming forward when it came to showing the love for your favourite birthday treats.
Step 3: Let the cake bake trash talk begin
As the competition ramped up, so too did the fightin’ talk on social media! Easy Food facebook fans claimed the Mega rocky road as their cake topper. While the Banoffee cheesecake and Mega rocky road shared all the love on the #easyfoodmag Instagram page. On the website, there was a split in loyalties, with many fans voting in very high numbers for the Victoria Sponge; however, it was pipped to the post in the final hurdle. Once all votes were tallied, there was a clear overall winner!
One cake to rule them all
So without further ado and with a cake-mixture of emotions, we can finally reveal…
you can slice the tension with a cake knife…
stick a fork in us our nerves are done…
stop over-egging the build up…
that Ireland’s favourite birthday bake is…
The name says it all – this really is The best chocolate cake ever! A heavenly light and moist sponge with beautifully smooth icing, crunchy tips for texture, and each and every part made entirely of chocolate! Depending on your willpower, this cake can last, so it’s an ideal prepare ahead recipe for a birthday party.
The icing on the cake
Thank you, cake lovers of Ireland, for all of your votes. We now get to enjoy ‘The best chocolate cake ever‘ at our Easy Food HQ birthday party!
We’d also like to thank all of our loyal readers; we are so honoured that over the last 15 delicious years, Easy Food magazine has been your kitchen companion and that our recipes have helped you celebrate so many of your family occasions.
Inspired to bake?
For those who would like to try out our winning Easy Food birthday cake (and all the cake runners-up) we have linked the recipes below in the order of where they placed:
- The best chocolate cake ever
- Victoria Sponge
- Mega rocky road cake
- Banana split pavlova
- Banoffee cheesecake
- Sprinkle buttercream cake
Make sure you tag us with photos of your birthday bakes! #easyfoodmag #easyfood15