Cake Batter Oreo Cookies

Cake Batter Cookies

 

HAPPY LABOR DAY! And happy first of September! Let me start by saying if you are a fan of Oreos and cake then this is the cookie recipe for you. As my friend Sarah said, this is a cookie in a cookie. I originally made these a month or so ago and gave some to my friend Eric for his birthday and my Uncle Renzo because he loves cookies. They were a huge hit, and this time around I made some for my girlfriends to go along with other snacks before we went wine tasting in Livermore for my birthday! All in all, wine tasting was pretty spectacular, everyone had a great time and we got to see another piece of the Bay Area that I am pretty sure, a lot of us had no idea wineries existed there. Thankfully my cousin Diana is a fabulous party planner and set a whole day of tasting up. Livermore has over 50 wineries, who knew? We hit up three of them, Rios Lovell, McGrail Vineyards and Wineries, and Fenestra, all located in Livermore, CA and reasonably close to one another. I feel so blessed to have such great friends and family around me, who support me. A lot of my friends I have known since I was in 4th or 5th grade, some younger. I will never forget this weekend and the shenanigans we got into. Here are couple pictures from the wine tasting/birthday celebration (YAY I am 25!).

Rios Lovell Winery

Rios Lovell Winery

McGrail Vineyards and Winery

McGrail Vineyards and Winery

Fenestra Vineyards and Winery

Fenestra Vineyards and Winery

Fenestra

Beautiful ladies at Fenestra Vineyards and Winery

 

 Anyways, back to this cookie recipe. I originally found this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction Blog and you can find the original recipe here: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/03/01/cake-batter-oreo-cookies/

 

Cake Batter Cookies  

Ingredients:

1 and ¼ cups all purpose flour

1 and ¼ cups yellow or funfetti boxed cake mix

½ teaspoon baking soda

34 cup unsalted butter, room temp

½ cup sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

1 egg, room temp

1 and ½ teaspoons vanilla

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

½ cup sprinkles

10-12 Oreos, crushed (you can use any flavor)

 Cake Batter Cookies

Instructions:

In a bowl combine all wet ingredients – flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set this bowl aside until later. In a mixing bowl start by creaming your butter on the lowest mixing speed. Cream your butter for about a minute and then add in your sugars. Mix on medium speed for a couple minutes then add in one egg. Mix until well combine on low and then add vanilla. Make sure the batter is all mixed together before adding in the chocolate chips, sprinkles and Oreos. You can add in the chocolate chips, and sprinkles and crushed Oreos, mix with a mixer or baking spatula just until well combined.

Seal the bowl with plastic wrap or foil. *Now refrigerate your dough for 2 hours* This is crucial to the baking process. Refrigerating your dough will help the cookies keep their shape when baking, rather than melting all over the pan and becoming lifeless shapeless cookies (which I have made before, they still taste good but look terrible). I think it is better for the overall goodness of the world if you do this step, it just requires a little planning head. Plus you can do a lot in the 2 hours the dough is chilling. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and start scooping your dough out and making small cookie shapes. The bake time can vary from 8 – 12 minutes depending on your oven. My cookies took exactly 10 minutes, they were light brown when they came out of the oven. Remember they will continue to bake once they come out. Let them cool for 10 minutes or so, then eat and enjoy!

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Cake Batter Cookies

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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes & Birthday Cake

June is a month filled with birthdays of my close friends. Saturday June 7th, is my dear friend Hosana’s 25th birthday. I decided to bake her a cake from scratch. She is amazing, but also super indecisive, so it seemed natural to bake a funfetti birthday cake! This was my first attempt, and boy, I can’t lie this recipe was time consuming. I was browsing Pinterest for recipes when I found a funfetti birthday cake recipe from blogger Brooklyn Homemaker. He went into SO much detail in his blog post that I could nowhere near try and explain each step as well as he did.

Here is the link to the Funfetti Birthday Cake Recipe, which I followed word for word.

Funfetti Birthday Cake Recipe by BrooklynHomemaker.com

http://brooklynhomemaker.com/2014/05/22/funfetti-birthday-cake/?blogsub=confirmed#subscribe-blog

A few things I did differently than Brooklyn Homemaker included, this cake was a 2 layer rather than 3. I did not have 3 round pans to create a 3 layer so I ended up baking a dozen cupcakes as well as the cake. It was suggested that if you only have 2 pans, to create a 2 layer, since there is leavening agents in the cake mix, it would not be recommended to bake 2 layers then bake the 3rd layer. Everything should go in the oven at once. Also, I did not have parchment paper so I buttered both pans and dusted them with flour. This technique worked okay, but since butter burns, certain of the bottom parts of the cake stuck to the pan. Next time I will definitely use parchment paper. Also, next time I will try and bake a 3 layer. I think Brooklyn Homemaker is right, 3 layers looks more impressive.

Funfetti Cake Hosana

After I took cakes out of the oven, I let them cool for a few hours. Mixed up the frosting, put it in a piping bag and started piping the middle filling. Once the middle layer of filling was complete, I evenly stacked the 2nd layer of cake on top. Then, like Brooklyn Homemaker, I put a thin layer of frosting on top of the cake and around the sides, this is called the crumb coat. Put the cake in the fridge for an hour, then removed and did my final layer of frosting. Reminder – this was my first attempt at baking a birthday cake from scratch and I still need to work on my frosting technique. I started from the top and then worked the frosting around the sides of the cake. With my spatula, I rotated the cake plate as I used the tip of the spatula to get an smooth even layer of frosting around the cake. I decorated the top with hearts, using a cookie stencil, and wrote in red glitter icing, some fun words that my friend Hosana and I use often. This was a fun cake to make, and I definitely know I will be making it again. Who doesn’t love funfetti birthday cake from scratch?!

Single Layer Chocolate Cake

 

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I was with my grandmother a few days ago and we decided to do a little baking. I wanted to see how she made  chocolate cake because I was thinking about baking a birthday cake for a friend for the weekend coming up. My grandmother is a regular baker so she had all of the ingredients needed for a little mid day baking action. This cake is light and fluffy, and I think would go nicely with a strawberry jam filling, since we didn’t have any fresh jam, we made a cream cheese frosting, so delicious!

 

Single Layer Chocolate Cake

350 degrees, 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ½ stick unsalted butter (room temperature)

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ cup all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup butter cream

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Instructions:

In medium size mixing bowl combine cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Then add each egg one at a time while mixing, add vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture, until all ingredients are mixed together. Pour batter into greased 8 inch round pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 sticks butter

4 ounces cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Put all three ingredients in mixing bowl and turn on mixture until becomes frosting. If more frosting is needed, add more powdered sugar ½ cup at a time.