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Could cake be the perfect Father’s Day gift?

Who doesn’t love a slice of cake with a cuppa? Well, we know for a fact that dads do. We’ve even conducted some very scientific research to pin down exactly what type of dessert delights they’d prefer this Father’s Day.

Chef hats at the ready, because of the 750 men we asked, over a quarter of them declared their love of cake. At a time when beach-body mantras are being thrown out the window, we’re waving goodbye to calorie counters and indulging ourselves in a spot of cake for Father’s Day. If you can’t spoil your dad for this one day of the year, when can you?

Our survey gave them the tricky decision of choosing between flapjack, biscuits, muffins, brownies and cake, with a landslide victory for cake. So why not get busy in the kitchen for a personalised and thoughtful way to show your appreciation for your dad on June 21st?

We’ve even teamed up with world-renowned chef Damian Trejo to concoct an easy and delicious cake recipe. He’s cooked for the likes of President Obama and The Dalai Lama, so we think this cake might just be good enough for the most important man in your life too! This cake mix serves 10 generous portions, so the good news is that there will be more than enough to share.

All you need are 9 ingredients and a little kitchen magic to create a thoughtful and thrifty gift that your dad will absolutely love.



Chocolate Cake

175g self-raising flour

2tsp cocoa powder

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

150g caster sugar

2 eggs

150ml sunflower oil

150ml semi-skimmed milk

2tsp golden syrup


60g white chocolate

  1. Sieve together your flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and gradually add in the sugar.
  2. Gently warm up your golden syrup in the microwave for 20 seconds, on a low heat.
  3. Mix together the eggs, milk, sunflower and oil with your warmed golden syrup.
  4. Fold the mixture into the separate bowl which contains the dry ingredients you sieved before and beat with a large spoon until smooth.
  5. Pour the mixture into a cake tin that has been lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 35 minutes at 180 degrees. Amend the baking time to 15 minutes if the recipe is being used for cupcakes.
  6. Wait for your cake to cool whilst you melt your white chocolate. Once cool, liberally drizzle your melted chocolate all over the cake.

The beauty of Damian’s cake recipe is that you can totally customise the final product to put your own spin on it. Whilst we created a lovely little tray bake, you could alternatively use a bundt tin, loaf tin or even make cupcakes.

Our pink silicone heart-shaped cupcake moulds are perfect for creating individual chocolate cakes for you to decorate. You could even get the kids involved with these easy-to-use trays that are perfect for baking novices. Simply wait for your bake to cool and gently tap the bottom for your cakes to ease out of the mould.

However, we know that dads aren’t always easy to please. That’s why we’ve also got a range of bakeware for you to create a whole host of Father’s Day goodies.

If your dad has more of a savoury palette, why not consider baking some rustic crusty bread? Our Mason Cash terracotta mixing bowl is perfect for baking bread for dads with more of a savoury tooth. You could even experiment with herbs such as rosemary and garlic, or throw some sundried tomatoes into the mix for a distinct taste of the Mediterranean. A humble gift for dads that don’t want a fuss, homemade bread gets everyone around the dinner table to celebrate his day.

Perhaps you’d like to give him something he could savour for a little while longer? How about creating a family of gingerbread men and present them in a decorated tin? Our Mason Cash Baker Street family gift tin has all the perfect tools to create a full tin of gingerbread men for your little ones to decorate and give to their dad. Coloured icing, Smarties and raisins are all you’d need to recreate him in gingerbread form. He’d have enough to last him quite a while, which might mean you’re on brew duty for some time!

Whatever you choose to bake your dad this Father’s Day, we’d love to see it! If you send a picture of your homemade treats to @SilverMushroom1 on twitter using our #FathersDayBakes tag, you could be in with a chance of winning £100 to spend across our range!

So get baking and good luck!

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