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Sara’s Birthday cake

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

What sort of cake do make your big sister? The sister you have always looked up to because she truly is the kindest person you’ll ever meet with a heart the size of mount EVERest.. Its a big ask, but I thought I'd give it a try. So I made this cake with lots of beautiful flowers because Sara is famously beautiful more beautiful than any cake could be. But flowers is all I have and of course the cake is sweet and if there is one thing that exceeds how beautiful Sara is, it's the sweetness of hear heart. To celebrate Sara’s birthday is a bittersweet moment and I can’t celebrate Sara’s birthday without thinking of Martin. Seven years ago sara lived her dream life a life she cherished and felt incredibly lucky to have. She had a mutual deep love affair with her soul mate/husband (all you had to do was see them together). Family life, the thing that mattered most to Sara was wonderful, his adult children got along with her adult children. We, Sara’s siblings adored and loved Martin, the Brady bunch had nothing on us. But sadly our beloved Martin was diagnosed with cancer and almost four years ago our he was taken away from us and my sister’s heart was broken.

She had every reason to become bitter and angry, but not our Sara. As he always has, showing incredible grit and courage she chose LOVE. She chose to have LOVE shine from the crevise that was gouged in her heart. She chose to continue to give and receive love from her kids, her grandkids, her siblings and friends. What sort of cake do you make this kind, caring, courages and generous sister? A big red velvet heart cake with a crack in the middle. And where noxious weeds could have grown flowers have bloomed instead. Wishing you a birthday filled with only the good things in life, happy occasions and lots of love. Love you sis

This red velvet cake is a must for any special occasion, not only because it's a moist and sweet treat that everyone loves, but also because it's so easy to make you cant get it wrong.




  • 2 cups plain flour

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 11/3 cups sugar

  • 11/4 cups oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons red food colouring

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 11/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda


  • 250g full fat cream cheese room temperature

  • 120g butter room temperature

  • 1 cup icing sugar sifted really well!




  1. Preheat the oven to 160c.

  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt.

  3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer (I used a hand held one)beat sugar and vegetable oil on medium speed.

  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg.

  5. Add vanilla extract and red food colouring and mix well.

  6. Add dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk, again mix well after each addition.

  7. In a cup using a fork or a mini egg beater, mix bicarbonate soda and vinegar well. Stir into cake batter.

  8. Pour equal amount of cake batter into two cake tins lined with baking paper. ( Its apron a total of 5 cups of cake batter so 21/2 cups into each cake tin) Alternatively you can make one cake and cut into half or more layers if you wish.

  9. Bake for 35-40 min.


  1. With an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, butter and icing sugar until well combined.

  2. Divide frosting into half and spread one half on bottom layer of cake and second half on top of cake. I added my sugar free home made, mixed berry jam because i like the tanginess in the cream cheese frosting.



PS - I love hearing from you! Let me know how it went and feel free to spread the word/passion/love, the more the merrier!

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