I cannot wait for the day when I have children to bake for. There is something about children’s birthday cakes, in particular, which I find overwhelmingly exciting.
Don’t jump to conclusions. I’m afraid the bulge at my belly is just the result of my cooking. Once you get married, the whole world appears to be on baby-bump-watching-duty. At ease, people! Children are not in my immediate future. But, that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a good children’s birthday cake….
There is someone in our office who we’ve affectionately dubbed the Cookie Monster. Whenever there are cookies, we can count on her to snaffle them up. The irony, of course, is that she couldn’t be a more healthy and athletic person. She earns each cookie devoured by excelling at nightly club sports. I am in awe of her for this. I don’t really earn my cookies. Rather, I follow the mantra that if I’ve baked them, then they only contain calories for others and when I eat them, they are calorie-free. That’s fair, right?
Naturally, when it was the Cookie Monster’s birthday, what else could I possibly make, if not a Cookie Monster Cake.
The best part about this cake, was that it was high impact, for little effort and time. No baking – just assembling really.
In my humble opinion, it wouldn’t be a Cookie Monster Cake if it wasn’t a cake full of cookies. So essentially, I made a Choc Ripple Cake (alternating between Chocolate Ripple Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and whipped cream). I covered the whole thing in blue tinted whipped cream. I then cover this in a mixture of regular blue sprinkles and blue sparkly sprinkles. The two types of sprinkles together really gave off the look of real fur. The sparkly sprinkles looked a bit like cellophane confetti and it really gave depth to the fur.
I did all the assembly on a light blue deep plate dish I have – which made it sturdy and easier to transport.
To really make the character, I added a cookie munching mouth and wide eyes which scream *who? me?*. The same look my colleague gives when she is busted with her hand in the cookie jar!
For the eyes, I melted white chocolate and dolloped it onto baking paper which had two circles drawn on the underside for a guide. Once that was starting to set, I added two milk chocolate chips for pupils.
I left the whole thing in the fridge overnight and – voilà – out came the Cookie Monster Cake!
Great for giggles, but it tasted good!