Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Mah Birthday.

Well, almost anyway. Some people think it's sad to make your own birthday cake. Au contraire! It's fun, and you get to see your work being enjoyed. Birthdays are kind of a big thing in my family. I dunno why, it's just nice to celebrate. Usually my mom will cook whatever food I request, and we either make my cake together or she'll do it for me. I usually pick something rather complex and chocolate-y. Last year we made a Chocolate Darjeeling Tea Cake. This is the first year I'm alone (well, not with my family) for my birthday, and I totally do not have the resources to make a fancy layer cake. So I went for the old standby, a zebra cake! 

Ooh, ahhh. How did you do that Rebecca? It looks hard! Never fear readers, it's incredibly easy. I was exposed to this recipe at a very young age by way of the Magic Spoon Cookbook. So if a ten year old can make it, so can you! It's just whipped cream and chocolate wafer cookies. 
Heck, you can use Cool Whip and stale Oreos for all I care. 

It's delicious. Stick it in the fridge for a while and the cookies turn into cake. Cut it diagonally if you want the pretty zebra stripes. 

Zebra Cake

1 pint heavy cream
1 package chocolate wafer cookies
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 Tsp vanilla

1. Pour heavy cream into a largish bowl. Add sugar and vanilla, and beat until soft peaks form. 
2. Put a couple teaspoons of whipped cream between two cookies. Repeat process. So you get this kinda thing going on. Make two cookie stacks about twelve cookies each, and lay them next to each other on a 13x9 inch pan. 
3. Put some whipped cream between the stacks to glue them together, and cover the whole thing in whipped cream. Stick it in the fridge for at least four hours, and presto, you've got yourself a cake. 
I love whipped cream.

Because I have a lot of friends, I made two cakes. This second one was just me messing around. It's not that beautiful, but it tastes fantastic. I took an Oreo crust, made some more whipped cream, quick baked some double chocolate cookies from a mix I had (I know, I know...) and layered it with whipped cream in the crust. Mmm. Everyone really, really  liked this. You should try it. Experiment with different cookies and crusts and such. I dare you. 
It's the taste that counts...
Delicious Cookie Pie Thing

1 Oreo Crust (or graham cracker, or whatever) 
Approximately 10 cookies (any type you like)
1 pint heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp powdered sugar

1. Sugar, vanilla, cream, go! Whip until you get yourself some soft peaks. 
2.Spread a layer of whipped cream on the bottom of the crust. Then add a layer of cookies on top of it. Then a layer of whipped cream. Then cookies. You get it. End with a layer of whipped cream on the top. 
3.Stick it in the fridge for at least four hours, remove, devour. 

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