Easy Birthday Cake

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Ingredients

  • For the cake:
  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 125ml sunflower or canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml boiling water
  • For the icing:
  • 170g unsalted butter, softened
  • 190g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 200g Nutella
  • ½ tsp salt
  • To decorate:
  • 150g Smarties
  • 30g small chocolate beans, optional
  • Multi-coloured candles
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