Saturday, March 13, 2010

Vegan Cookie Cake

There are two weeks every year where I get to make fun of my husband for how old he is. His birthday is two weeks before mine, which makes his age two years older than me until my birthday comes, two weeks later. Yesterday was his birthday. Man is he old.

Have you ever had a cookie cake? What is your birthday treat of choice?

Personally, I like birthday cake, preferably vanilla, unless it involves peanut butter, and then anything goes. But my husband grew up always having a cookie cake for his birthday. You know, those giant cookies covered in brightly colored icing that you get from the little shop at the mall? I bought him one for the last birthday we spent together, two years ago.

This is actually our first set of birthdays together since his return from deployment, and since he became vegan. I couldn't let him down with some ordinary cake, it had to be his favorite, had to be cookie cake. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, to be exact.

The recipe, was easy, and not mine. Actually a blondie recipe, you would have never guessed it. This was exactly what I was looking for. Dense and cookie like, not cake like, cooked completely through the middle with a slightly raised edge that is just a little crunchier than the rest of the cookie. I used a 9" springform pan, and pretty much followed the given directions precisely.

The directions do say to spread it out into the pan, and you do have to do that. But the dough is really cookie dough like, not blondie batter like, so it is a bit of a task to spread it. I suggest using your fingers. I baked for 45 minutes, and I will do a few less next time. There was a big difference between 40 and 45 minutes.

Then I iced! Clearly the most fun part of the process. I used this recipe, which it says is from Vegan Cupcake Take Over the World, which I wouldn't know because I don't have it. Half of it was dyed blue, and it was piped in a perfectly 'homemade' fashion around the perimeter.

When we were finally both home from work, we cut into it. Yum! It had a perfect cookie consistency, and we smeared on some extra icing post photos. We both had two pieces, which was definitely a little much, but so yummy.

I rarely make the same recipe twice, but I definitely feel a tradition coming on with this cookie cake. Not to mention the fact that it is infinitely better, and cheaper, than the one you buy at the mall, for about $20. If you have any cookie cake lovers in your family, this will undoubtedly please them!!

13 comments:

  1. I am so glad that I read this post! Cookie cakes are my favorite and I get one every year for my birthday, but this year (since becoming vegan) I didn't think I could have one. My mom was disappointed. So, I will just have to bake my own birthday cookie cake this year! However, I usually get white choc. mac. nut...hmmm, I am sure I could sub the chips and add nuts. :) I am totally bookmarking this post so that I can make it when May 6th rolls around. I wish one of family members could make it for me, but none of them are experienced with vegan baking. :(

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  2. This looks fantastic! I have a few cookie cake fans in the family and a good vegan recipe like this will be sure to win them over. T hanks for sharing!

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  3. thanks for this! every time I try to make cookie cake the consistency is never right, never cookie enough. i'll have to try this.

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  4. "Dense and cookie like, not cake like, cooked completely through the middle with a slightly raised edge that is just a little crunchier than the rest of the cookie"--

    Oh yeah girl! That sounds so awesome and that's why i dont bother baking that much, un-baking only :)
    B/c with vegan stuff it's tricky...for me though it's the GF thing that kills the deal every time.

    Anyway your comment re friends, online, real, etc. In san diego i had met so many local ladies first online on local holistic yahoogroups then developed real life frienshpis but it's hard that hasnt happened for me here.

    Everything you said in your comment totally resonated with me...glad you found some ladies in your's hubs unit.

    xoxo

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  5. That looks absolutely delicious! I need to make it!

    I miss you! We need to catch up!

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  6. This looks SO good. My two vegans are coming home from college for spring break next week. Wouldn't I be the favorite parent of all time if I were to make this for them? Thanks!

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  7. Oh my! This looks fantastic! I've never had cookie cake before. This is on my list to try! Yum!

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  8. My mom used to make birthday cookie cakes every year for us, and we loved them. I don't know why I haven't veganized the recipe yet! What a great idea, looks delicious!

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  9. Happy Birthday month to you guys =) We just celebrated my birthday yesterday and my fav treat...well, um, all of them ;-)

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  10. Aww, I love it! What a lucky birthday boy... or old man! :P

    It's a beautiful cookie cake, and it kicks those mall cookie cake's butt!

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  11. How sweet! (pun intended). Happy birthday to Nick, and happy almost-birthday to you!

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  12. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाNovember 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Nice cake!!!

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