Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cookies and Cream Cake: Happy Birthday to Me!

The first birthday party I remember was my sixth. I was wearing a denim jumper with a pink tee shirt. I had a big bow in my hair and pizza on my face. I had a pinata. My old neighbor gave me a white barbie corvette. We played musical chairs. I pinned a tail on the donkey. Life was sweet.

My birthday request back then was simple. A Brenner's Bakery cake with big purple  frosting flowers.
Well, that was 17 years ago, and you know what? I would gladly still have that cake. But how could I go to a bakery after all of my readers' great homemade cake ideas? My kitchen will be filled with them soon, I assure you, so thank you.

I happen to love the combination of cake and ice cream. Sure, I'll try your mousse, and I'll crack your creme brulee, but if you really want to impress me, keep it simple please. Bake me cookies and cream...and for the record, that's just what my mom did!

What ya need:
For the cake--
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix
1-1/4 cups water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 egg whites
1 cup coarsely crushed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 8)

For the frosting--
Any Vanilla Frosting of your choice OR:
1/2 cup shortening
4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and crushed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, optional
What ya do:
1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Gently fold in crushed cookies.
2. Line 2 nine inch baking rounds with parchment paper. Pour in batter evenly into two pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
3. For frosting, beat the shortening, sugar, milk and vanilla in another large bowl until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Decorate the top with cookie and the sides with crushed cookies if desired. 
4. Add girly candles and call it a night. 

 Ta-Ta for now!!


Roxan said...

Happy birthday!!
Delicious looking cake.. cookies and cream is my husband's favorite flavor :)

Roxan said...

Happy birthday!!
Delicious looking cake.. cookies and cream is my husband's favorite flavor :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you indeed!!

Megan said...

That cake looks amazing! And happy birthday!

Monet said...

Happy Birthday! This cake looks delicious...I'm a sucker for cookies-and-cream! I would be very happy with one of these on my own special day. Thank you for sharing!

Evan @swEEts said...

Happy Birthday Jessie! Hope you had a great day celebrating and with this cake I think that wouldn't be too hard to do :)

Christina said...

that cake looks incredible! happy birthday jessie!!!!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! I love the candles.

Cooking with Coley said...

Now this is a birthday gift to yourself! Wow does it look yummy! Happy day to you!

Tiffany said...

Happy birthday! For you, I give you a vote, good luck in the challenge!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday! I love cookies and cream anything so this would work perfectly for me!

Ellen said...

Happy Birthday! This cake looks delicious... but I hope you didn't make your own birthday cake! Either way, I wish I had a piece... great job! :)

Charisse said...

That cake looks too good to be true! Happy Birthday!

Rick said...

That looks mouthwatering. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (belated) 23 is a good number.

Rick said...

That looks mouthwatering. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (belated) 23 is a good number.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Looks like you have a great cake to celebrate with! Yum :)

The Chocolate Priestess said...

Looks great. I'm having brownies in the shapes of hearts and teddy bears for my own birthday party Sunday.

Unknown said...

Happy birthday! (Sorry I'm a couple of days late.) Your cake looks absolutely wonderful. I love cookies and cream!