When it comes to birthdays, My Boys begin planning their parties MONTHS before the big day. By the time we get within a week or two of the big day, I'm wondering where the time went and how I'm going to get things done.
This time My Oldest happened to be staring over my shoulder as I was flipping through the Jan/Feb issue of Food Network Magazine. They had an entire feature that had a cake idea for every month of the year.
Once he saw the Cookies and Cream cake, he was sold! So, I agreed to bake this 2-layer cake for his birthday. But, previous experience has shown me that I have to do a test-run before we share it with others... so, the taste-test cake was baked about a week before the party.
Needless to say, that test cake was dessert every night leading up to the weekend of the party... it would have been gone sooner if I had let them have bigger pieces every night!
The recipe begins with a Basic Vanilla Cake that is so simple to put together, that you may just give up your box mix. You know I have no problem using a box mix and adding to it to make it a bit more special... but, I think you could easily do the same with this very simple cake recipe.
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