Each year I throw a "friend" birthday party for one kid, and they trade off. This was not Bethany's party year, but we always do something special as a family (more on that coming soon!), and make sure we honor the child with the birthday in some way (i.e. make a cake and find someone to share it with). The cake on Bethany's birthday post was at Aunt Dayna's house, and it was scrumptious! It would have sufficed perfectly, except that I had already told Bethany we would share a birthday treat with her soccer team.
Bethany loves chocolate chip cookie dough, so we found this very cool recipe for cookie dough cupcakes. Made with a cake mix and a cookie mix. Easy peasy. You can make them with any combination of cake flavor (or brownies!) and cookie flavor, scratch or mix, really. And put anything you want or nothing at all on top of them. The real wow is on the inside.
Bethany wanted vanilla cake and chocolate chip cookie dough. I had a mix for chocolate chip oatmeal, so that's what we used. And chocolate buttercream frosting. From a can. We're fancy like that. It's really very tasty! So here's what you do.
1. Buy or make your cookie dough as directed. One cookie mix is about half of a regular recipe, and we had enough leftover for the mini-cookies we baked and put on top. Place 2 dozen tablespoon sized dough balls on cookie sheet, and chill in freezer. The recipe we found recommended to freeze them for two hours, but we cheated it down to maybe 30 minutes and had no trouble.
2. Make your cake batter as directed.
3. Fill 24 cupcake cups about 2/3 full with cake batter.
4. Place a frozen dough ball in the middle of each cupcake. The batter will cover the dough while baking.
5. Bake at 350ºF for 18-20 minutes, until tester comes out of the cake part clean.
Decorate as you wish. Photos with ideas are here. Expect rave reviews!