Dad's Birthday Cake

Dad’s Birthday Cake

Last week, a man named Charles Gregory Harris, or to me, Dad, turned 60! On the day, I had a plan to post this picture, but then it slipped my mind, so I decided to wait a week and post it exactly one week late.

As a kid, I remember my dad’s birthday pretty well. The weeks and days leading up to it were filled with us trying to figure out what to get him, and him saying “Just get me some socks”. It was amazing how many socks that man went through, but every time he took a walk, one seemed to disappear. On the day of his birthday, there was always a great dinner, and his favourite¬†birthday hot chocolate cake that my mom would time so it came out of the oven at the right time to cool down just a little but still be warm enough for a few scopes of ice cream to slowly melt on top.

This recipe was included as part of the recipe cards that we gave out at the wedding. Here is the recipe:


1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Margarine
1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
4 tbsp Cocoa
1 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9″ cake pan.

Mix rolled oats with 1 cup boiling water. Set aside. Meanwhile mix the margarine and brown sugar together. Add eggs, mix and then add vanilla. Add rolled oats to mixture. Mix well. Add flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa. Mix and put into cake pan.

Cook about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve hot over ice cream.

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