Friday, June 4, 2010

Holy Cow! I Can’t Believe He’s 14!

by Darla

We celebrated our boy’s 14th birthday yesterday. Yes. That’s right. Fourteen. It’s insanity!! With everything that’s going on around here with the move, the hubster and I worked extra hard to make sure that yesterday was still special. Most importantly, I wanted him to have something truly unique to him for his birthday cake.

Last year, when he turned 13, I decided to make him a Percy Jackson cake.

Percy Jackson Cake The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is his favorite, so I sculpted a ruined Greek column out of cake, then I sculpted a little Percy out of fondant to top the cake, and finished it off with some “stone” blocks all around. He really adored it, and actually wanted to try to keep Percy (until he started melting)!

This year, rather than a theme cake, I went for something that would make his taste buds happy, as well as being something he could have a little fun with: dessert pizza! I started with a no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough base (egg free, of course) and topped it with hot fudge for the “sauce” and ice cream for the “cheese.” Then I filled bowls with various toppings for him to choose from so that he could decorate his “pizza” to his taste! He was thrilled and he had a lot of fun with it all!

If you want to make your own dessert pizza, just follow these directions. They’re fast and easy, but I’m warning you: they are very, very sweet!

Before you get started with any of the food, you’ll need to line your pan. For the birthday boy’s pizza, I used an eight inch cake pan. The hubster traced it on parchment paper, then traced his thumbs to act as tabs (in order to help remove the finished product from the pan). Next, cut the liner out and fold the tabs up before putting it in the bottom of the pan.

Press the desired amount of cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. I made the “crust” of this pizza about an inch, possibly a little less. Place the dough in the freezer to chill for about 15 minutes.

Next, layer on some hot fudge to act as the “sauce” for your pizza. I left about a half inch of dough around the edge for appearances, but it also helps when removing the pizza from the pan. Again, place the pizza in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the fudge to set up a bit before the next step.

The “cheese” of the pizza will be ice cream. Cookie dough ice cream for the birthday boy! I made the hubster and I each our own, smaller pizzas too, so we got to pick out our favorite ice cream for them! The hubster went with peanut brittle, while I went all chocolate with chocolate fudge brownie!

Allow the ice cream to soften slightly at room temperature, then scoop the desired amount onto the pizza and spread it out. Replace the pizza to the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving.

For the various toppings, I pulled Oreos apart to act as “pepperoni,” put out mini marshmallows and sprinkles, and made chocolate chip cookie truffles (one of the birthday boy’s absolute favorite treats ever), which I’ll be posting the recipe for next week, so stay tuned!!

All that’s missing are the candles!

Getting ready to blow out the candles! I hope his wish comes true.

The finished product after he was done adding the goodies. He used a little bit of everything, of course. These were so much fun to make! The whole family really had a good time topping their individual “pizzas.” Don’t forget: next week, I’m posting the recipe for the cookie dough, along with the truffle directions, so you can give these a try with your family! Enjoy!

Dessert Pizza

1 recipe Cookie Dough (1/2 for “crusts” and 1/2 for cookie dough truffles)

1 recipe hot fudge

ice cream of your choice

candy, cookies, sprinkles, marshmallows for toppings

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1 bttrflybabydoll June 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

Awww…looks yummy! Every birthday party I have for my children I get misty eyed. It's so bittersweet watching them get older. Happy 14th Birthday to your son!

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2 Michael July 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

This recipe looks absolutely amazing. You have this brilliant ability to combine the most superb food presentation skills with your photographic ability so that your food looks all the more appetising!

You need to do something professional – publish a cookbook or something! Amazing! And happy birthday to your son. :)

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3 Holly January 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

How much cookie dough did you make for several “cakes”? Just curious if I would need to quadruple the batch, or if one batch would be enough.

Sounds like a great option for kids that don’t care for cake.

Thanks!

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4 Darla March 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

One batch made five or six 6-inch cakes.

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5 mirissa roles December 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm

How did you make the cookie dough crust?

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6 Darla December 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I used the recipe that I linked at the end of the post. I hope this is helpful.

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