Monday, September 27, 2010
Birthday Baking: Us! 9/18
It's birthday time in our family. Erin's(and her twin sister Ellen's) birthday is the 20th and Sara's is the 15th. Since our birthdays are so close together and we all get along so well, we usually celebrate together. This year we celebrated on the Saturday that fell between our birthdays by hosting a movie in the back yard. We rented a screen and projector, borrowed some patio furniture, had all sorts of movie treats like candies, hot dogs, pretzels and watched "Singing in the Rain." A little over 20 friends and neighbors were there. It wouldn't be a birthday party without a cake so we made one, and 24 cupcakes, and 24 mini cupcakes. Maybe we got a little carried away. But it is our birthday and really who doesn't want to take home a tasty treat from a party.
The best part... You take your favorite vanilla cake recipe, our is this one, and add a row of Oreo cookies that you have run through the food processor to the desired consistency and viola Cookies and Cream Cake!
For the frosting, we used our favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. Super easy and super yum. One 8oz room temp cream cheese, one stick of room temp unsalted butter, 3 - 4 cups of confectioners sugar. Again we added a row of food processed oreos for the cookies & cream taste. This amount of frosting covered all 24 standard cupcakes and 24 minis. We made a second batch to frost the cake.
Can't really beat Cookie and Cream Cupcakes and Cake. Happy Birthday to us!
Lessons learned: Cookies and cream equals vanilla cake recipe and oreos. Also, we're getting better at frosting cakes and cupcakes. Sorry there are no pics of the cupcakes but they were pretty too.