Wednesday, May 30

Family | Clara's 16th Birthday

What do you do for a birthday cake...
when the birthday person doesn't like traditional cake?

You can do like I've done in the past...
and choose something like...
cheesecake
ice cream cake

But I needed something EXTRA special this year.
My oldest daughter was celebrating her SiXTEENTH birthday!!

I needed something to keep my mind off of feeling REALLY old AMAZiNG...
and boy did I find it...

Chocolate Chip Cookie IceBox Cake
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I normally ask my kids what cake they want me to make for them...
but having spotted this cake on Pinterest about a month ago...
I never even posed the question to Clara...
I kept it a surprise...
knowing it would be the perfect "cake" to make for her!

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Clara...
the one who isn't a fan of traditional cake...
and the one who absolutely LOVES chocolate chip cookies...
Well...
This really couldn't have been more perfect.

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My thirteen year old, Ema (short for Emalyn)...
the one that asked for a fruit salad for her birthday dessert this year...
and ended up with a "fruit cake" - in the literal sense (see it here)...
Well...
She helped me bake all of the cookies...
We assembled the cake together...
and then the following day, she helped me "whip" up the cream...
and create the chocolate curls which topped off the "cake"...

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It's a GREAT recipe! (thanks Martha).
And despite my doubts about the cookies softening up for easy slicing...
it turned out to be a "piece of cake"...*wink*

Clara LOVED it...
(and the #16 sparklers that took the place of candles)
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Happy Sweet Sixteen Clara...xoxo


SOURCES:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe - Pen N' Paperflowers (I increased baking time to 16 minutes for a "crisp" cookie)
• Photography: Pen N' Paperflowers
• Sparkler Numbers: Publix

KEEPiNG iT REAL
Don't look too hard at the mascarpone filling between the cookies...
it got whipped a bit longer than it should have. 
Not pretty when that happens. *frown*


The cake is seriously RiCH.
I really thought we'd all make pigs of ourselves...
and that the cake would be more than 1/2 gone by the time we got done with it.
Honestly...there wasn't one person who could finish the first piece...
(perhaps because the slices were SO tall)...
let alone go back for seconds.

TIPS:
The recipe calls for 96 cookies...
We only made 60 something.
So instead of creating each layer using 9 cookies + 2 in the middle, like the recipe suggested, 
we just cut it back to 7 cookies +1 in the middle and made the cake 8 layers high instead of 7.

Wondering if buying packaged cookies would work for all of you out there 
who don't have time to bake the cookies? If you try it...let me know!

6 comments:

Ann On and On... May 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM  

Mother of the Year! That was a great idea...it looks so yummy! (I'm now craving chocolate chip cookies.)

Elizabeth May 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

That cake looks too good to be true!

staci @ lizard n ladybug May 31, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Happy Birthday to Clara!!

This cake looks delicious!

Jessica Kirkland May 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM  

Thanks for the sweet comments everyone!! I'm glad you like the cake - it really was delicious! If you love baking chocolate chip cookies - you'll love putting this cake together. (and eating it too) *wink*

Linda L.,  January 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM  

Love the cookie cake! Could you serve it by just pulling off a cookie? It looks like each has icing on it. That would make it do-able for a class treat or such.

Jessica Kirkland January 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM  

Thanks Linda L. - I'm thrilled you love it. As for serving the cake, this particular recipe requires you to leave it overnight for softening - which makes it perfect for slicing. However, you could absolutely alter the recipe, using a frosting filling instead - that way the cookies would be easy to pull off in single servings - like you said. Or heck - skip the filling altogether and stack the cookies in cake-form. No slicing. No messy frosting. Just cookies - stacked to look like a cake. I've seen that done with Oreos and doughnuts and love it!

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