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The Birthday Cake – No Cake Recipe

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Since my kids were born, it has been tradition that I make a fancy, homemade cake for their birthday. Yes, EVERY birthday. No store bought cake here! I let them decide what type of cake they would like each year. Some years I have nailed it with fabulous, over-the-top cakes. Last year’s Batman cake rocked!

Batman Cake

A couple years ago, I made the cutest Barbie cake.

Barbie Cake

The monkey cake was for my daughter’s first birthday! Her lovie was a stuffed monkey that she took EVERYWHERE with her!

Monkey Cake

The soccer ball cake for my middle son’s 4th birthday wasn’t too bad either!

soccer Cake

This year I asked my son who turned 7 what kind of cake he wanted. Here is what his response was:

“I want an ice cream cake with only vanilla ice cream but no cake, yellow icing and please make Batman out of M&Ms.”

Umm…really, buddy?!? Normally, they tell me a princess cake or a cars cake or a puppy cake. This year he wanted a birthday cake with no cake and I was to magically create Batman from M&Ms??

Clearly, I needed to get to work. Now, let me translate a few things for you. When he says “vanilla ice cream”, he means any ice cream that is white. It can have tons of stuff in it but it can’t be a chocolate based ice cream. He especially likes peanut butter cup ice cream but he just refers to that as “vanilla”. When he says no cake, he means actual cake. That doesn’t include cookie. He LOVES my chocolate chip cookies.

I decided to improvise a bit and make it a chocolate chip cookie sandwich cake with peanut butter cup ice cream and the Batman symbol out of candy. Hey, I’m not a miracle worker – I can’t just make actual Batman out of M&Ms!

I started by whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough. The recipe can be found HERE. I divided the dough in half and smooshed each half into an 9″ cheesecake pan. If you only have one 9″ pan, you will need to cook these one at a time. Let it cool. Remove from pan and cook the second half.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had two pans so I cooked the two big cookies at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes (until lightly browned on top). Do NOT overcook the cookies or they will be hard to cut when frozen. I let the cookies cool completely.

Next, I set out a 1/2 gallon of peanut butter cup ice cream on the counter for 20 minutes or so to thaw. I needed to get it melted enough to spread it on the cookie.

I placed one big cookie in the bottom of one of the 9″ cheesecake pans. Next, I layered the entire 1/2 gallon of ice cream on top of the cookie and carefully spread it evenly. Then I took the second cookie, flipped it upside down and set it on the ice cream and pressed down lightly.

Ice Cream Cake

I put the pan into the freezer for 2 hours to firm up.

While the ice cream “cake” was in the freezer, I divided a bag of Reese’s Pieces into colors. Here’s the thing – my son calls all little candies like that M&Ms. Reese’s Pieces are just peanut butter M&Ms to him. I needed brown candies for the Batman logo and figured I would have many more in a bag of Reese’s Pieces because there are only 3 colors.

Reese Pieces

Next I thought I had a brilliant idea to cut the Batman logo out of yellow sugar paper…until I realized that the middle of the logo is indeed black and not yellow.

Bat,am logo

Yeah, I should have cut the yellow sugar paper into an oval for the logo but now I was out of yellow sugar paper. :/ I decided to use the yellow cutout as a guide to sticking brown candies to get the logo in the right colors.

It was time to get to the requested “yellow icing”. I took about 1/2 cup of white icing and added yellow food coloring.

Yellow Icing

After waiting for the few hours for the cake to chill, I removed it from the freezer and quickly got to work. I needed to create a background on the top of the cake for the logo. I took chocolate fudge frosting and lightly iced the entire top of the cake. With a frosting bag, I piped a yellow oval on top of that as a guide. Then I filled in the oval by spreading more yellow icing.

Yellow Icing Cake

Once the yellow oval was perfect, I lightly iced one side of that Batman sugar paper cutout. I placed the cutout in the center of the yellow oval. I took the brown candies and strategically covered the Batman logo.

Batman Cake

After quickly decorating the cake (you don’t want it out to melt too much!), I returned it to the freezer to set overnight. When it was time for the grand reveal to the birthday boy, I loosened the sides of the pan, took a sharp knife and cut around the edge for easy removable and took the pan sides off.

Voila, a Batman Birthday Cake with No Cake but Yellow Icing, Ice Cream and Batman Made of M&Ms! *TIP: To make cutting the “cake” easier, take a sharp knife and hold it under hot water to warm it up. That should help!

Batman Cake

My son LOVED the cake! He said, “You actually made it!! I LOVE IT!!!”

Yep…Best. Mom. Ever.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Ice Cream Cookie Cake
Ice Cream Cookie Cake
Ice Cream Cookie Cake

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wicked Pops

Friday 18th of April 2014

With you it's great way prepared cake.Did your son happy you it's great mother.


Saturday 25th of January 2014

Wow, you seriously win the mom of the year award! All your cakes look so professional and delicious! I'm impressed!

Karen moser

Saturday 25th of January 2014

Wow! That is awesome. Great job

Cindy B

Saturday 25th of January 2014

LOVE IT! Nice work momma Holly!

Alex H

Saturday 25th of January 2014

Great job!!!

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