Celebrate Augustine’s Birthday with this Ancient Birthday Cake Recipe

Augustine’s Augustine’s birthday is November 13, 354AD.

Monica or someone close to Augustine reportedly made him a desert similar to what we would consider a birthday cake — full of honey, nuts, and grains.

Below find our Augustine Blog-approved recipe!


Credit for Recipe: Noël Falco Dolan and Fr. Joe Mostardi, OSA

Source: Confessions E-Book



Augustine Birthday Cake Recipe


1 stick of softened butter

½ cup of white sugar

½ cup of brown sugar

¼ cup of honey

3 whole eggs

1 cup of almond flour

½ cup of corn meal

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 cup of unbleached flour or cake flour

1 tsp. of baking powder

1 tsp. of baking soda

1 cup of milk

2 tbl. of Grappa or some other Italian Liquor (I use Frangelico)

½ cup of pine nuts and walnuts – finely crushed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend together butter, both sugars, honey, and eggs until creamy. (Could be done by hand since I do not believe Monica had an electric mixer!)

Sift dry ingredients together three times until well mixed and then gradually add to the butter mixture.

Add milk and Grappa.

Fold in crushed nuts and raisins.

Pour into whatever type of cake pan you desire. (An average-sized bundt pan works well for this amount of batter!)

Cook at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until cake tester comes out dry.

Never eat without singing happy birthday to St. Augustine!