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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cookie Cake for Kids Birthday Parties


In case anyone wanted to make this cake for a kid's birthday party or for another fun party here's the recipe. Also, you could use a buttercream frosting instead of the cream cheese one.

Serves 16

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (I used evaporated milk to not have as high fat content)
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 40 ounces (5 packages) cream cheese, room temperature (you could also use a low-fat cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (I used a bit more than 1/2 cup)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and brown and granulated sugars into mixer bowl; mix on medium until pale and fluffy. Mix in vanilla, eggs, and yolks. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the cream. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. For each of the 5 layers, drop 1 level cup batter onto center of a baking sheet lined with parchment (keep unbaked dough refrigerated). Using a small offset spatula, spread into an 8-inch circle. Bake until edges are pale golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Use offset spatula to reshape circle. Return to oven; bake until edges are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Transfer to wire rack; let cool. Can be stored airtight up to 1 day.
  3. Mix cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in clean mixer bowl on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Spread onto 4 cookies. Stack cookies, placing unfrosted cookie on top. Refrigerate until frosting is set, at least 20 minutes or up to 4 hours. Serve at room temperature. (courtesy Martha Stewart)


1 comment:

Jenny said...

Favorite tip of '09: "I used evaporated milk to not have as high fat content."

This is an interesting cake. I'll have to befriend a small child so I can make it. I love when you post recipes.