Covid has acted as spoiler for many birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations. But was hoping that things would be better for my daughter's birthday in July. Simple because young kids (and adults too) need some sunshine after all these gloomy months. As a mum, I was prepared to a no-guest birthday too, but was confident that I would still make it special.

(Please ignore the quality of pics, since this was not a planned post.
But the recipe had to be shared :)

From this came the idea of "Ice Cream" Party. Summers and ice-cream are a combination made in heaven. And it would add a festive feel, to any celebration. And if some kids can join in, then it would be extra special. Thankfully few of her friends did come over and made the party totally rocking.

As a fellow mum, you would know the hysteria that goes in a mum's mind when she puts her 'part planner' mode. The degree of hysteria and planning might vary from mum to mum, but you know how it goes...

Since I had already done and dusted the Barbie, Elsa, candy world, etc themes, this theme came as a breath of fresh air. Very easy to execute and totally fun. I have created a Pinterest board for all ideas and inspiration on this theme. Do check it out, and you would find some nice printable designs too.

All you need are:

  • A table for setup

  • Ice Cream Banner/ buntings. Name tags

  • 3 (or more) types of Ice cream - we chose Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry

  • 4-8 types of toppings. We went all out - Marshmallow, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, gummies, wafers, chocolate sprinkles, nuts (avoid if any allergy). And of course Chocolate syrup

  • Serving cones and cups. We had wafer cones too, and they were a big hit

  • Ice Cream scoop, napkins and spoons

Once decor and theme were taken care of, I got baking. And made a simple but delicious chocolate cake with Fudge Frosting. What I loved about cake was how stable it was for a layer cake. Definitely a keeper. And the sour cream made it a moist one too.

But the best part was the amazing frosting. So easy to whip and so stable and delicious. This is going to be my go-to recipe for frosting from now.


(Print Recipe)

Makes 2 9" or 3 8" cakes

Serves 10


  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (1 ¾ is also fine)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee


  • To prepare the cake, preheat the oven to 350F. Grease three 8-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

  • Crack in the eggs, spoon in the sour cream, and pour in the oil and the vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.

  • Pour in the hot coffee, slowly mix until smooth and liquidy.

  • Pour batter in the prepared pans, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. (Mine was done at 40-45 mins)

  • Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then invert it and let cool completely.


1 Minute Chocolate Frosting .

- 3 1/4 cups Powdered Sugar

- 2/3 cups unsweetened Cocoa Powder

- 150 gm Softened Butter

- 100 gm Boiling Water (1/3 cups + 1 1/2 tbsp)

- 60 gram Melted Dark Chocolate (75% cocoa )

- ½ tsp vanilla

- Pinch of Salt


  1. Mix cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Add Softened butter.

  2. Add hot water. And mix with a hand-mixer till blended.

  3. Then add melted chocolate and vanilla. Your tasty frosting is ready to use.

Now simply layer the cooled cakes, with half the frosting. And decorate with the other half. And enjoy.

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