My wish list for baking projects continuously grows faster than I can bake ... or eat considering how many sweet treats are on that list. Therefore, it requires only the smallest of occasions for me to try out a new recipe that others might consider fancy (like this layer cake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen). A weekend up north with my husband's family will suffice.
Now you might think a family get-together weekend warrants a fancier layer cake like this. Until you realize that up north means no electricity, no running water and therefore no indoor toilets. Fancy indeed, eh?
Still, we eat like kings up north, so this cake will fit right in. And my toddler didn't complain that we made it since it meant he snuck a cookie for breakfast during the assembly.
Cookies and Cream Cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup boiling water
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
15 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
2 sticks butter, slightly softened
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 Tbsp. hot water
10 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper and set aside.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking
powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on
medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. Pour batter into
for about 30 minutes, or until tops of cake spring back when lightly
touched in the center. Let cool in pans for about 5 minutes, and then
remove to cool completely on wire racks. Once cakes are room
temperature, cut each cake in half, and wrap and freeze the four cakes overnight.
To make the filling, beat together heavy cream and powdered sugar on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in crushed cookies.
Fill each cake layer
generously with cookies and cream filling using a third for each layer. If possible, chill the cake again before frosting to harden the filling a bit.
To make the frosting, beat butter and vanilla on medium
speed until smooth. With the mixer on low, add powdered sugar and
cocoa powder slowly until just barely mixed in. Add water, and beat on
high speed for about 2 minutes. Frost cake, and press cookie crumbs onto the cake for garnish. I lightly garnished the top, and pressed crumbs onto the bottom half of the cake around the sides.