Chocolate Cookie Cake

 

oreo cake

My mom had her 80th birthday a couple of weeks ago. She wasn’t too keen on celebrating the fact she was turning 80 and wanted this birthday, to just “slide by” but the kids and I wanted to do something to make it a special day for her. So we made her a chocolate cookie cake!

The layers of this moist cake are covered with bits of chocolate sandwich cookies…

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And then can be frosted with your favorite white icing…

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We topped off our cake by serving it with mint chocolate chip ice cream and a few candles on top. The kids were pondering counting out 80 candles but eventually decided on 8 candles, one for each decade we have been so blessed to have her with us!

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you so much…  :)

 Chocolate Cookie Cake

Sift together into a large mixing bowl…

3 c flour

6 T cocoa powder

2 t baking soda

1 t salt

1 ¾ c sugar

 

Then, pour in…

2 c cold water

¾ c vegetable oil

2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons white distilled vinegar

Mix well. Line 2 – 8 inch round cake pans with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray. Pour batter evenly into the 2 pans. Then sprinkle on top:

2 cups  coarsely chopped Oreo cookies ( this will take about 18 cookies)

Place the pans into a 350 degree oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake.

Bring the edges of the foil over and down, around the edges of the baked cake. Place another piece of foil or waxed paper on top of the cake, followed by a dish towel and then let the cake completely cool down.

When cake has cooled completely, remove the baked layers from their pans and peel off  the foil. You will be left with a beautiful, moist and chocolate-y cake!…

oreo cake

 

Winter…

hoarfrost

 

carolyne roehm quotes

hoarfrost

hoarfrost

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lewis carroll quote

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hoarfrost

hoarfrost

Is there anything more beautiful in the morning, than looking out the window and discovering everything has been covered with thick layer of hoarfrost….

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Have you checked out my latest e-tutorials? One is how to make Cookie Curves…

Cookie Curves

The Basic Art of Floral Cookie Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the other, titled The Basic Art of Floral Cookie Design, is the complete set of all first season tutorials (including the DVD)

Click here to check out the complete list of e-tutorials available…

 

Cookie Curves are here!…

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Cookie Curves are here! (click here for ordering information)

In my last blog post, I shared with you how Blossomedge was entering a new season. In the first season of Blossomedge, I provided tutorials with you where I shared my techniques about how to make floral-themed cookie bouquets using common, flat floral-shaped cookies.

In this second season of Blossomedge, I am going to show you how to make curved cookie shapes! In my first e-tutorial of this season, I will be temporarily shifting my focus from floral-themed cookies to non-floral cookie creations.

By making just a few changes in the baking process, you will be able to make such cute little 3-dimensional cookies like:

Little umbrellas…

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And butterfly cookies!…

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Along with bowls, arched spoons, palm trees…

To find out what else is in this e-tutorial or for ordering information, please go to my other cookie site over at   Floralcookiebouquets (dot) com  by clicking here…

Cookie Curves

See you there!…  :)

Starting a new season…

Last year was a crazy year. I had intended to do so much more blogging here at Blossomedge but it just didn’t happen. During 2013, one of the most wonderful people in my life passed away unexpectedly and quickly… my Dad. I took it very hard… but things seem to be mending now. I am “regrouping” and the sting of him not being here anymore is beginning to lessen.

Blossomedge, and I guess myself also, will be beginning a new season…

For those of you who follow, or at least followed my blog (I haven’t blogged for so long, I guess it is hard to follow something that isn’t there) but for those of you who follow me and know me as a floral cookie designer, you know that I love to make floral cookie bouquets! My cookie e-tutorials have always been about how to take traditional, flat floral sugar cookies and assemble them into arrangements that appear very much like actual floral bouquets…

blossomedge floral cookie bouquetsBut now, I am going to depart from using flat cookies and introduce you to a  new way of baking and preparing/decorating cookies in this upcoming season that will bring a whole new life to your floral cookie bouquets!

I am so excited to share this new season with you! My blog, here at Blossomedge.com, will continue to be about my favorite subject (flowers!) and how to take cookies, candy, and other various sweets and form them into floral shapes that try to capture the essence of their beauty. But there will also be posts filled with photos and lovely quotes about my little “floral friends”, along with a favorite recipe here and there…

To start off the new season, I made a tutorial that will introduce you to a technique for curving cookie dough into various shapes. I will gradually build upon this curving technique with each successive e-tutorial until I reach the end of my instructional e-tutorial series, when I will be showing you how to bake cookie dough into floral shapes, that I am guessing you never thought or even imagined, were possible with cookie dough!

My new e-tutorial, which will be coming out soon, is titled COOKIE CURVES(TM). We won’t be looking at the floral cookie shape in this particular e-tutorial but I will show you how to curve and assemble cookies into adorable shapes such as cute little umbrellas and butterflies, plus much more!…

Cookie Curves

In the meantime, to kick off the new season of Blossomedge, I have combined all current first season e-tutorials (including the DVD Floral Cookie Bouquets) into one complete set titled The Basic Art of Floral Cookie Design. For more information, please click here…

The Basic Art of Floral Cookie Design

I will leave you with a few photos from my new e-tutorial COOKIE CURVES(TM) that will be coming out soon!…

umbrella cookies

cookie bowl

the body of a butterfly cookie palm tree cookies

guest favors for weddings 

 If you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now may be a good time to do so as it is a great way to keep informed as to when COOKIE CURVES(TM) will be available and what beautiful floral cookies will be coming out next!… :)

Little things give peace…

red crabapple tree

 ” Little things seem like nothing but they give peace…

dark pink crabapple blossoms

“Like those meadow flowers that individually seem to have no scent but put them all together…

dark pink crabapple blossoms

“And they perfume the air…”   ~ saying based on the quote by George Bernanos

 

Red crabapple trees line the roadside just west of town. I was determined this morning to get out before it started raining again and take a couple of photos…

It started to mist as I pulled out of the driveway. On the way to the trees, I noticed the creek had swollen beyond its usual boundary…

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Once I reached the trees, the water droplets gathering on the petals were just too much for the delicate petals, they began to fall…

fallen petals

falling petals

Seeing them now, laying in their watery nest, I thought they were more beautiful than ever…

fallen petals

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I will be sharing this post with the following beautiful floral and garden blogs:   Simple Sunny Life, Lavender Garden Cottage,  Hickory Trail, Fishtail Cottage,  The Charm of HomeA Delightsome Life,  My Romantic Home, The Tablescaper and…

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Nature’s blush…

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quote pink hydrangea

 

I love springtime…

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The color pink can be found everywhere!…

pink flowers

We are having a late spring this year so I guess any color is a beautiful color right now but I think I’m partial to pink….

pink flowers

 

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pink flowersWhat’s your favorite color of Spring?…

Another rainy day…

A few of you have emailed me wondering what’s up with my blog. You signed up for information about floral cookie bouquets and now you are getting posts filled with flower photos and nature quotes! Am I finished with my floral cookie bouquets? Absolutely not! I thought I’d fill my blog with inspirational quotes and floral photography until my next floral cookie bouquet e-tutorial is ready. I’m assuming that you enjoy flowers as much as I do or why would you be interested in making the bouquets?

I’m sorry if some of you decide to leave Blossomedge and unsubscribe. I hope that you continue to stay with me though, because there will be future posts about more floral cookie bouquets! But in the meantime, why don’t you stay and enjoy the flowers? They may give you inspiration for your next floral cookie bouquet… I know they do for me! :)

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We are still in our rainy spell here. Some sun would really be nice right about now, but I’m loving the photo opportunities that the raindrops are causing! …

Blue Columbine…

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raindrops on leaves

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raindrops on blue columbine

Misty rain on the rest of the garden…

raindrops on blue irises

 

raindrops on flowerIs that song “Raindrops are falling on my head” going through your head too, right now? :)

raindrops on pansies

Blue Columbine Cookies in a pot of fresh herbs (Italian Parsley)…

blue columbine cookie bouquet

blue columbine cookies

(I’m sorry, I offer no e-tutorial on how to make the columbine cookies)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote

 

It’s snowing…

This is the kind of snow one likes to see during springtime…

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Petal snow…

fallen petals

 

fallen petals

The thicker the drifts, the better…

petal snow

You don’t need a shovel for these drifts…  just a gentle warm breeze to make the petals fall…

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 blossoms

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Happy Spring to you!