A few weeks ago, a guy in our Bible study had a birthday. This guy absolutely loves anything with sugar in it. I mean LOVES it. So of course I, loving any excuse to bake, took advantage of the opportunity and decided to bake him up something fun for him to enjoy on his special day.
I searched and searched for what kind of cake I would make when I remembered a recipe I had seen awhile back for cookie dough stuffed cupcakes. I was having a hard time though because part of me really wanted to do an Oreo cake. Ah, the stress of my job! :)
I just couldn't decide. So I thought, why not do both? If you know me, you know that I kinda sorta do this quite often when I can't choose between two things. It's an issue. I know. I'd like to say I'm working on it but unfortunately, it get's worse; keep reading.
When I was in the store getting the ingredients, I saw Maltese, which are pretty much like malt balls, and Jan had just told Luis and me the week before that he liked this kind of candy so I thought, hmmm, would it be too ridiculous of me if I attempted all three cakes???
Eh, probably, but I was going for it anyway!
After consulting my baker of a sister about cutting and frosting a large cake into smaller ones, I was set.
The results: three yummy cakes, albeit shot really quickly, in very poor lighting.
Sorry 'bout that.
There's no real recipe today, but I will give you the step by step of what I did to create these little darlings. Sorry I don't have pictures of each stage, but hopefully it's straightforward enough to figure it out.
Step 1: I baked two, nine-inch chocolate cake rounds using Joy the Baker's Devil Food Cake, which was a-mazing by the way, and when they were cool, I wrapped them up in plastic wrap and put them in the fridge for the night. (You can do a few hours, I just was needing to spread my workload out over a couple days).
Step 2: I whipped up Joy's Cookie Dough Balls as well, minus the chocolate dipping and then took out my aggression on Oreo cookies and Maltese balls. i.e. I crushed them up real small.
Step 3: I copied Savory Sweet Life's classic buttercream as the base for my fillings and frostings for all three cakes and separated it into three equal portions.
Step 4: I mixed in my crushed toppings (1/2 cup to 1 cup each) into the buttercream to make three different frostings. For the cookie dough, I reserved some of it before adding the chocolate chips so that it would be easier to mix in and spread. I think I only added about 1/4 cup of cookie dough to the frosting, but feel free to adjust it to your taste preferences.
Step 5: After removing the cakes from the fridge, I searched around for a circular object large enough to cut a good size cake, but small enough that it allowed me to get three circles out of each round for a total of 6 small round cake pieces.
Step 6: I placed three of the small circles onto a serving platter, to serve as the bases for each cake and then topped each one with a different filling. For the cookie dough, I rolled teeny tiny balls of the chocolate chip dough and sunk them down into the cookie dough filling. Then I set the remaining cake pieces on top to form three mini double layer cakes.
Step 7: I put two of the cakes back in the fridge while I put a crumb coat on the remaining cake. I repeated this with each cake. Don't skip this step! It's important, especially since we cut our cakes, because it helps secure any crumbs that might try to make their way to the surface of your frosting and ruin the nice clean look of the cake. After coating each cake, I put all three of them back in the fridge to let the crumb coat set for a bit.
Step 8: Once the crumb coat was set, I frosted each cake using the same frosting I used for the filling. Then I decorated them with my less than stellar cake decorating abilities (it's all about the taste anyway ☺) and voilà! I got me some mini cakes!
Cake + Cookies + Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Candy = Unbelievable Dessert Euphoria.
Get creative with the cake scraps that are left from cutting out your circles. I got several super mini cakes out of mine. They were the perfect little bite sized treats!
So, of the three, which do you think "took the cake" (sorry, I couldn't resist that one)?