Let me start this post by reminding you of a very important fact: Today is my birthday…at least it is for 10 more minutes…So, to say goodbye to 25, here are 25 highlights of my 25th year of life:
- I adopted and fell completely in love with the most amazing puppy in the whole world, Daisy.
- Daisy Bites, my blog (duh!), went from a thought to an internet sensation! (Ha, not quite…but Daisy Bites was born during my 25th year).
- I went to Canada (Montreal) for the first time.
- I saw The Band Perry in concert.
- I completed the 60-day Insanity workout plan! (DIG DEEPER SHAUN T!)
- …2 week later, thanks to my new puppy and my cousin’s wedding festivities, I had lost all the muscle I had to show for it. Womp wompppp.
- I made my first wedding cake, and for my best friend’s wedding, no less!
- I took my new puppy to the beach for her first time.
- I learned to use fondant for cake-decorating.
- …And then I “carved” my first cake…into a jack-o-lantern cake. 🙂
- I made new friends…
- And reconnected with old ones. 🙂
- I overcame my fear of oysters and now I love them! Nom nom nom…
- I joined a new soccer team in Baltimore and have had a great time so far!
- I celebrated one year of living with my amazing boyfriend, Christian…and 3 years of having him in my life!
- I used my crock pot for the first time to make a somewhat-failed batch of chili (but I was still proud of my attempt)!
- I traveled to NYC to see The Newsies on Broadway with my mom, sister, and Abue!
- TAYLOR SWIFT in concert for the RED TOUR!!!! AMAAAAAZINGGG!
- I attended three beautiful weddings with three beautiful brides.
- …And I was a bridesmaid in 2 of them.
- …And I attended 3 completely different bachelorette parties!
- My alma mater, Lafayette, FINALLY beat our arch nemesis, Lehigh, in the 149th football game meeting this November, to end a 5-year dry spell!
- [Insert major life event which I inevitably forgot about here]
- I learned to make macarons, which are very difficult, but quite scrumptious!
- Did I mention I fell in love with my puppy, Daisy? Because she is the greatest…so let’s just mention her again…
…I can’t wait to see what my 26th year has in store!
As for my birthday cake? I was really in the mood for a giant chocolate chip cookie cake. So I made one. I used a recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything, who got her cookie recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and turned it into a cake!
I wasn’t sure if it would work to use a straight-up chocolate chip cookie recipe for a giant cake, but Christy (The Girl Who Ate Everything) did it and convinced me to try it, and I am oh so very glad I did. There was no compensation needed going from your average 3” cookie to a giant cookie cake, which kind of surprised me. I was worried the cookie middle would be raw while the edges would be crispy, or some other disaster would strike.
It turned out that both the middle and the edges were chewy deliciousness throughout! I would venture to say you could use your favorite cookie recipe and easily turn it into a cake – though I do highly recommend this cookie recipe! It is rich, chewy, gooey, and chocolately. It has everything a great chocolate chip cookie should have, and is the perfect soft consistency I know I look for in a cookie!
Once the cake was completely cooled, I very carefully removed it from the pan. It’s a thin cake/very large cookie, so I wanted to be careful so I wouldn’t end up with a broken heart (literally and metaphorically!). Tehehe. I then frosted the cookie cake with my classic buttercream…Yummmmm!!! I love frosting on cookies!!!
Happy birthday to me, and enjoy my cake! 🙂
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 9” round cookie cake, or similarly-sized cake (I made a heart-shaped cake!)
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) dark brown sugar*
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/4 cup (225g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line your pan with parchment paper or spray with baking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugars and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
- In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix into the wet ingredients on low speed until combined. The cookie dough will be thick.
- Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly dispersed.
- Press dough into prepared pan and bake for 16-20 minutes or until the edges just start to turn brown. (Mine took 13 minutes…so aim low and watch it carefully!)
- Let cookie cool completely in pan before removing. Frost with buttercream if desired.
*Light brown sugar would work great too, but I’m a firm believer that dark brown sugar gives cookies a richer taste.