Last week was my son, David’s birthday.
When David was a child his favorite birthday cake was one of those chocolate chip pizza cakes that you bought at the mall. They don’t sell those cookies at the mall anymore, so I was forced to live up to my New Year’s resolution of improving my baking skills. And, as you can tell by the following picture, it is a good thing I have 12 months to practice. But, as homely as this cake looked, it was received with a smile and a thanks. And, it did taste pretty darn good.
1 cup of butter softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (I used light brown)
1 8oz package cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Line a 14 inch pizza pan with parchment paper, leaving a generous overlap at the sides
Cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar
Add the cream cheese, vanilla, and the eggs one at a time
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt
Add the flour mixture gradually to the cream mixture
Fold in the chocolate chips
Press into the pizza pan leaving an inch border empty for expansion of the dough when baked
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes
Move to a prepared pizza box (I saved. one from dinner delivery the other night)
Decorate or not
Thanks for taking the time to read and stay tuned for further adventures in baking.
46 responses to “David’s Childhood Favorite Birthday Cake”
Happy Birthday to him 🎊 It looks pretty and I’m sure was super delicious 😋
The cake looks great and I´m sure your son loved it. My son is a guitar player as well. He has a day job but plays in a band evenings and weekends. They are always our little boys.
Hi Darlene, thanks for the encouragement. David has a day job also but his favorite thing is playing in bands. He plays in several. This photo is from his Johnny Cash Tribute Band.
Todd is in a band he has been in forever but is also in a couple of others. He is the bass guitar player. A Johnny Cash Tribute Band would be awesome. Do you go to some of his gigs? When I go back to Canada I try to take in a performance if the timing is right. He always dedicates one song to me. (Once it was Elvis´s “That´s Alright Momma”) I think it is wonderful that both of these fellows are doing what they love.
We try to go to as many performances as we can. Now our grandson, Lucas, has taken up the guitar and loves it as much as his Dad. It is so nice for them.
Congrats for the excellent cake and happy birthday 🎂
Thanks so much.
It’s the thought and love behind it 🙂
Thanks Judy, love is always the secret ingredient but I need to find a cake decorating course for sure!
I’ve been a big fan of Wilton – their products (especially their pans and tips) books, etc. I’ve made many a cake over the past 35 years – not much any more 🙂
Thanks Judy. I will look into their products.
Good job! The cream cheese in the recipe caught my eye, and I’ll bet it gives the oversized cookie great structure. I have no doubt your son enjoyed and appreciated this, and it may have even been his favorite birthday cookie to date! 🍪
Aww, I can tell you are a good friend! Yes, the cream cheese definitely added structure to the cookie.
Ah! What a good mom! This looks like a lot of fun, and I’m sure was greatly appreciated.
Thanks Dorothy, it was appreciated.
OH! What a wonderful alternative to the usual Birthday Cake, but in the case of my kids, I would have to make 2 or three.
You can never have too many cookies Brenda.
That is so true. My kids love, love, love mu chocolate cake with fudge frosting.
I’m sure DVid loved his birthday cake. You are so thoughtful Bern!❤️
Birds of a feather…. Thank you my friend who owns the thoughtful trophy.
That’s a fun and delicious cake! Happy Birthday to David!
That looks yummy, Bernadette–not kidding!
Great recipe! I have little cast iron pans that I thought would be cute to bake cookies in for my grand kids… and now I have a recipe!
Ina Garten has a terrific brownie recipe for small cast iron pans – I have those pans too!
That would be a fun for the grands. Maybe a Valentine theme?
Baking Betty Crocker brownies yesterday was as advanced as I can get. But yours looks good. Our malls have never stopped selling those, especially at the Great American Cookie, I believe. If they like it as a child, you’ve got to keep making it.
Happy Birthday David! Glad to hear your still rocking kid…..never, ever stop!
When are we getting together????
Looks and sounds good to me. Of course, anything with cream cheese in it sounds good to me! Just discovered your lovely blog today.
Thanks so much Janet.
What FUN! I’d love to bake this for my grandkids (and still be around to see what they end up doing for joy when they’re adults, like your son with his music). i don’t have a pizza pan though. Can I just use a cookie sheet, or is it worthwhile to get a pizza pan? And Happy Birthday to your son!
Hi there Pam, I bought a pizza pan to make this. They were only $6.00 at Home Goods. But, I don’t know if you have a home goods in your neighborhood. A couple of commenters said they were going to make it in a skillet. Thanks for reading and commenting and have a great weekend.
Okay – off to get a pizza pan! 🙂
That’s adorable, Bernadette. What a fun “cake.” I’m not a big fan of cake so a big pizza cookie would be wonderful. Happy Birthday to your son. He must have gotten a good laugh. Hugs.
He did. Fortunately the bar is set very low for my baking.
I’ll bet it was awesome. 🙂
David is one lucky man!
Yum! My son would love this.
It is a fun surprise.
Who can resist a giant cookie cake! Sounds wonderful!
I just wish I could decorate as beautifully as you can. But, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one cookie.
Wht a wonderful cake. Happy Birthday to David!
Aww, you are so nice. It was rather mishappen but the thought and love were there.
Tasty cake! 😋