Ingredients for Birthday Cakes

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Ingredients for Birthday Cakes
Prepare a delicious, homemade cake for your child, friend or relative's upcoming birthday. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

There are many different varieties of birthday cakes that can be made depending upon the birthday boy or girl's flavour preferences. Many birthday cakes require the same basic ingredients, such as sugar, flour and baking soda.

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Simple Vanilla Cake

Prepare a basic vanilla cake if the birthday boy or girl prefers simpler desserts. This cake requires a short list of ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, white sugar, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Begin by mixing together 1 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of butter. Beat in 2 eggs before stirring in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Combine 1 3/4 teaspoons of baking powder with 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour in another bowl and add it to the creamed mixture, along with 1/2 cup of milk. Mix the batter until it is smooth and bake in a cake pan at 350F for between 30 and 40 minutes.

Chocolate Cake

An easy chocolate cake from the Canadian Living website excludes the eggs and butter used in the recipe in Section 1. The ingredients for this cake are as follows: 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 cup of water, 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil and 1 1/4 tablespoons of cider vinegar. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl before adding the wet ingredients and mixing well. Pour the batter into a greased cake pan and bake at 350F for between 30 and 35 minutes.

Strawberry Cake

A strawberry birthday cake is perfect for more health-conscious celebrations. Combine the ingredients for a standard vanilla cake, such as those listed in Section 1, with 3 cups of chopped-up strawberries. Chop the fruit according to how chunky you would like the cake to be. This recipe can also be done with boxed cake mixes, which reduces the preparation time considerably. Use other fruits, such as pineapple, blueberries or raspberries, if the birthday girl or boy is not particularly fond of strawberries.

Rainbow Cake

A rainbow cake uses gel food colouring and makes a colourful, tasty addition to a children's birthday party. To begin, double the recipe for a standard vanilla cake, such as the one listed in Section 1, and divide the batter up into five small bowls. Dye each bowl of batter a different colour, such as red, orange, blue, yellow and green, using gel food colouring. Prepare two round cake pans with oil and flour before pouring half of one bowl of coloured batter, such as red, into the centre of the first pan. Pour the remaining half into the second pan. Continue dividing up the coloured batter, pouring each new colour into the centre of the previous. Bake your rainbow cakes for between 18 and 20 minutes.

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