David’s Childhood Favorite Birthday Cake

Hi there,

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.

The Charlie Brown Pizza Cookie


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

Cool completely

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”

  1. 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.

  2. 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! 🍪

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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