Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Jordan

My son Jordan turned 16 years old today. My how time has flown. Jordan is my picky eater. He likes what I call "kid food". But alas, it is his birthday and he gets to choose what he is eating. He handed me his menu and I just had to laugh:

Brunch:
Eggs
Bacon
Pancakes
Mountain Dew

Dinner:
Pizza
Fried Chicken
Cookie Dough Cake

Now I have posted recipes for all of the above on here. However to my surprise I only found my chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake recipe on here. Not the cake. It is a different recipe, because the cake has to be made in a dobosch form... a thicker cake to hold the weight of the cookie dough.  We Threw him a surprise birthday party. Jordan is too shy to invite friends over for HIS birthday, so I snuck his phone and called his buddies. Also his favorite color is Deep Purple. So we got a bunch of balloons. I filled the house with food and friends. Happy Sweet 16 Bubby.... or excuse me, happy manly 16!

Here is the recipe for the Cake, I doubled it and made a sheet cake because there were a lot of people:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks lightly salted butter, room temperature, plus additional for greasing the pans
2 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Ganache:
8 ounces (227 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces

3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter

Cookie Dough:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips

Remember: This recipe has raw egg in it. Just a warning to only use fresh eggs.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter until smooth and add the sugar. Continue whipping until the mixture becomes fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Note: this process can be done with a whisk by hand. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, taking care that each egg is thoroughly integrated. Add the flour mixture and combine.

Grease the 2 pans with butter and fill each with half of the batter. Place the pans in the center of the oven. Bake until the center is firm or when the tip of a small knife emerges clean when it pierces the center of each cake, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly, 1 hour at least. Set aside.

Mix all cookie dough ingredients together.

Make Ganache: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel bowl. Set aside. Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth.


Top 1 cake with cookie dough, then the other cake, then more cookie dough. Pour ganache on top, refridgerate until you serve.


I put toothpicks on it to keep the saran wrap from sticking to the ganache
 
Here are some party pics
Waiting for Jordo


Surprise Jordan .... and dad hahaha

Some of the boyz eating outside. Jordan is like "Moooooom! leave us alone!


Yes, even Taylor loves her brother on his b-day... heading out to sing happy birthday


Getting ready to blow out the candles


Junk food, friends and video games. Yep, they will be at it all night.
Happy birthday Jordan!