Last month, I hosted a birthday party for my beloved J. I started planning the soiree months ago, as many of his closest friends live out of state. I found the cutest invitations on Evite (does anyone do paper invitations anymore?), then started a highly detailed spreadsheet and Pinterest page for menu ideas.
Yes, I’m a geek like that.
Hey, I also had elaborate spreadsheets for Alexander’s birthday, and Sabrina’s birthday/graduation dinners, so I could prepare as much as I could ahead of time and not forget anything important. But…. even with all my planning, I forgot one item of extreme importance. I neglected to take pictures of Sabrina at her graduation. I’m not even kidding. We didn’t get one.single.picture of her in her cap and gown. It was crowded, suffocatingly hot, and she wanted to split from the venue ASAP and head to Ihop for pancakes. Fortunately though, the school graciously emailed an order form to me with several pictures to choose from. Saved by the school…..
You probably won’t hear me say that ever again.
Anyway, J’s party was perfect in every way. I had the right amount of people, a creative mix of food, and the cutest little setup of desserts:
I made individual tiramisu, lemon cream pies:
chocolate mousse, and no-bake cheesecakes:
The coup de grace, though, was the Oreo cake for dessert. Literally, a “cake” of Oreo cookies:
It was quite a focal point of conversation, although no one dared touch it. I guess they were hesitant to come between a man and his Oreos….
When all was said and done, I was exceptionally happy with the way everything turned out – and more importantly, J enjoyed himself immensely, everyone had a wonderful time, and cleanup was minimal.
The following week, we had a family dinner and I made a “real” cake for him:
Yes, it’s as insane as it looks. Two layers of the most amazing chocolate cake (even better, in my opinion, than the Chocolate Cake That Started It All), then filled with whipped cream and lots of chopped Oreos. I had a blast making this, and was so pleased with the way it turned out.
So now that I’ve made my way through three birthdays and one graduation, the next big event is my birthday. Suffice to say, there will be chocolate and peanut butter this year. yum……
Perfect Oreo Cake – adapted from two different sources
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup hot coffee
Filling / Frosting:
- 50 Oreo cookies, chopped (plus an additional 5 cookies, cut in half, for decorating)
- 4 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tbs. granulated sugar
- 1 tbs. pure vanilla extract
Make the Oreo whipped cream in 2 batches. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with whip attachment, whip 2 cups cream on medium-high speed to soft peak, spoon into large bowl and refrigerate. In same mixer bowl, whip remaining 2 1/2 cups cream, sugar, and vanilla to soft peak. Fold into already whipped cream. Fold in Oreos and chill until ready to assemble cake. Reserve about 1 cup of filling for cake decoration.
Place one cake layer on a cake circle. Spoon about 1/3 of filling onto cake and spread gently to edges. Place another cake layer on top, and repeat. Top with third cake layer and spread remaining filling on sides and top of cake. Pipe remaining filling in rosettes on top of cake, then top each rosette with half an Oreo. Chill until ready to serve.