McDonald's Birthday Cake Copy-cat recipe?

Posted on 08/11/2009 by subrucalime

My name is Bridgett and I've been reading this community (and borrowing recipes) for some time but this is my first post. I was curious if anyone knew a copy-cat recipe for McDonald's birthday cake? This is my sister's favorite cake, and something we always try to get for her birthday, but our local store isn't selling them anymore. The cake is dense chocolate and the frosting is white/vanilla and is sweet but smooth, not grainy.

Thanks for any help!
brbsb 12th-Aug-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Where are you from? I've never heard of McDonald's having birthday cake.
falnfenix 12th-Aug-2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
nor had i, and i live in Baltimore (where the OP lists as her location).
subrucalime 12th-Aug-2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
They're the ones they have for their birthday parties. Some of them will sell it to you by itself for 5-6 dollars if you call and ask! So, of course, it isn't something on the standard menu.
falnfenix 12th-Aug-2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
i'm just trying to think parents had one or two McD's parties for me, but i remember having to bring a cake.

wasn't doubting you, since obviously it exists, but that's still news to me.
ms_insecure 12th-Aug-2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Never seen these bday cakes before, but I looked them up online, this pic may help describe what you're wanting:
subrucalime 12th-Aug-2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Oh no! They changed it. Thanks for the pic, though.
maritropa 12th-Aug-2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
it looks like a devil's food cake with a really dense poured-on fudge like frosting.
subrucalime 12th-Aug-2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
sadly, they've gone fancy (hah) it used to be just a devil's food in a tin baking pan.
subrucalime 12th-Aug-2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
err..aluminum that is
nmbr5wthabulet 12th-Aug-2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Id look around for a very dense chocolate cake recipe and then probably do a buttercream in vanilla with whipped cream beat in. But I haven't had one of these cakes in a good 16+ years
subrucalime 12th-Aug-2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I think this is what I'll do. It seems they've changed their cakes, a lot.
gunsforchildren 12th-Aug-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
this cake is the most dense, moist, and delicious chocolate cake i've found.
sooo good.
moonnfreak 12th-Aug-2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
i have no advice but just wanted to say hi from another bridgett! i rarely find a bridgett spelled with two t's. :)
subrucalime 12th-Aug-2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hello! :) Yay! Me neither, its always the one t's and the e's on the end.
kellygirlnyc 12th-Aug-2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
One of my fave b-day parties was my 5th at the McD's. They did provide a cake. I can't remember what kind it was, but I'm sure it was good. Wish you luck in finding the recipe! :)
subrucalime 12th-Aug-2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Weren't they fun! Who needs Chuck E. Cheese? lol Thanks!
switch_heart 12th-Aug-2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh I remember those cakes, they were amazing!
I wish I could remember the taste well so we could figure out something for comparison but for all those who didn't have these cakes, they kinda looked like this.

switch_heart 12th-Aug-2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
So from another website I found the list of ingredients which maybe you can pick some parts out of
(*Ingredients; Cake; flour, sugar, oil, egg, cocoa, milk powder, sodium bicarbonate, leavening agent, salt, flacouring,
coffee, colour (122, 132, 133, 150, 155), stabilisers (420, 422, 1520), preservative (216), water added. Icing: Sugar,
glucose, butter confectionary fat, xanthan (E415), water added.)

and the company at least calls it a chocolate sponge cake for the old fashioned kinds.

Good luck!
switch_heart 12th-Aug-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
After a bit more digging found out at least some McDonalds have the little Sara Lee Icon next to their cakes. Perhaps if you search out a copy cat Sara Lee cake recipe you might get something pretty close to the one from the birthday parties.
jubelundtrubel 12th-Aug-2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Based on the ingredients listed in the above comment, you might like my chocolate cake. It doesn't have eggs in it, but it's made with oil, coffee and cocoa, etc.
It's pretty light, but has a nice flavour and the crumb is pretty dense.

1 ½ cups unbleached white flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup cold water or brewed coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vinegar

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round or 8-inch square cake pan, and dust lightly with cocoa powder. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar into a bowl. In a 2-cup measuring cup, measure and mix together the oil, water or coffee, and vanilla. Pour the liquid into the bowl and mix the batter with a fork or small whisk. When the batter is smooth, add the vinegar and stir quickly. There will be pale swirls in the batter where the baking soda and the vinegar are reacting. Stir just until the vinegar is evenly distributed throughout the batter. Pour the batter into the cake pan, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Set the cake aside to cool.
jubelundtrubel 12th-Aug-2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Lol, I said it was light and dense in the same sentence. Sorry. It's not a heavy cake - it doesn't feel like a big sugary, chocolately lump in your stomach, but at the same time, the cake isn't just airy.
It's very tasty.
love_mirus 12th-Aug-2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
I live in Australia but all the McDonalds Parties I went to as a kid had ice-cream cakes.
minniehaha15 They were good26th-Feb-2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
They were always really good and I would love to find one locally made again. The chocolate was just right and the icing had the right consistency. It's been over 25 years though since I've had a slice.
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