A Birthday and a Cookie Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Princess in Tutu

Time for another Birthday. My funny, spunky sweetheart is 6.

Birthday Princess

Birthdays make me sigh. Don’t get me wrong; I do brim with joy when I see the excitement in those shining eyes. I hold that moment close to my heart when I hear her call at night saying she cannot sleep and make me count the days until her “best day ever” with her. But at the back of my mind there is this continuous chime that days are slipping by fast, very fast. They are emerging out of their cocoon so soon, flapping and building their wings to get them stronger. They will fly before I blink.

I knew she was past that “baby” stage when she said she wanted only three friends for her party. Gone are those days when she needed the entire class to be there. She is past that time, when the birthdays are only defined by the number of gifts. Close sweet company is more important now. She is discovering what she likes. She is getting to know herself.  These are the little signs of growing up. I went through this with another one. I know.

cupcake liner

I also know I have to let them free. I cannot hold them back even if I wanted to. I do not want to stop them, but I do miss the gone by days.

So here she is today, a Little Lady! my little ladybug.

She loves a good Boa!


always happy – dancing and twirling.


seeing the Tutu bounce around her


She wanted no big parties. Only a small  sweet one at home with only 3 best friends.

cupcake liner

…and a lot of cupcakes, which they will frost and sprinkle and decorate by themselves.

A Pinata. Thank God that crazy whacking still makes them laugh.

Some fun times together stuffing their own bears in Build a Bear. (I love that place too, but not so much the clothes and accessories).

She also wanted a homemade cookie cake for her birthday, with lots of chocolate chips,  M & Ms and may be some nuts.

cookie cake

Since this little lady detests icing or any kind of frosting,  I did a simple glaze of  chocolate ganache on her cake which she dearly hearts.

cookie cake

M&M and Nuts Cookie Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients: (makes a 9″ cookie cake)

  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon brown sugar (or to taste)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 teaspoon pure orange extract or vanilla extract or almond extract
  5. 1 cup flour +  2 tablespoons flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/4 cups M&M
  10. 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  11. 1/4 cup nuts (Optional: I used slivered almonds)

For Chocolate Ganache:

*Note: this is an approximate measurement. (If you want a drippy thin icing, increase the amount of cream a tiny bit and do not allow the stirred melted chocolate to sit for too long; this one was a thicker spreadable kind )

  1. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  2. 1.5 tablespoon butter
  3. 6 oz chocolate, chopped
  4. few drops of orange or almond extract


Line a 9-inch, round pizza pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat and cream butter and sugars together.

Add eggs and orange/vanilla/almond.

Mix flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar with a whisk.

Add dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well blended.

Stir in M&&/chocolate chips and nuts.

Spread dough into the lined pan.

Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the toothpick comes out clean and the top is golden.

Cool completely. Do a double flip and place the cake on the serving plate.

To make the Chocolate Ganache:

Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Combine butter and cream in a pan and bring it to a boil. (or you can heat in a microwave, but heat enough to bring it to a boil).

Pour in to the chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes until the heat melts the chocolate. Add the extract. Stir with a spoon or whisk until all the chocolate melted and it forms a smooth silky glistening mix. Let it sit for a few minutes to make it get thick enough to spread. (the longer it sits the thicker it will get).

Icing/Frosting the cake:

Cool cake completely before icing. You can even refrigerate the cake for about 1/2 hr. Pour/spoon it over the cake and spread it around with a knife to cover the surface well. Decorate it with sprinkles or whatever you want and if you want. Refrigerate cake for the icing to harden.

If you have leftover ganache, refrigerate the extra for later use or use it to make truffles.

Preparation time: about 30 minutes

Cooking time: approx. 30 -40 minutes (including the ganache)

Assembling time: 20 minutes

cookie cake

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34 comments to A Birthday and a Cookie Cake with Chocolate Ganache

  • Soma, Congrats & a very very Happy B’day to your little dancing princess…..we too have a little dancing princess at home who turned 3 last week, I can so relate to all this…tutu, twirling & o’course a boa 🙂

  • Happy Birthday to the littlest one. Bright, chirpy, colorful, her smile says it all. Lots of wishes and blessings for her and the big sis on this day.

  • Happy Birthday to your darling baby!! Sending lots of blessings, love and hugs. She looks quite happy here. xox..
    P.S. I loved that fluffier frosting on that cupcake. YUM!

  • Happy birthday, belated, to your beautiful daughter. She is adorable! ♥

  • Happy Birthday to your daughter.. love her smile and all the twirls and dance pictures..

  • A very happy birthday to your darling Princess Soma!!! She looks very pretty with the boa!! The cake is adorable as well. Perfect for the birthday Party 🙂

  • Happy birthday to your sweet little darling Soma, she is simply adorable, god bless her. and equally irresistble is the chocolate ganache cake.

  • Happy Birthday to your daughter! She is so sweet and pretty looking.

    Great treatas for a princess.



  • Tandra

    Happy birthday to your little princess…Can’t agree more with your statement though “Birthdays make me sigh. Don’t get me wrong” !!!…That is the exact same feeling I have with my little boy with each passing year !!!…The cake looks yummy 🙂

  • Cake looks gorgeous 🙂 happy birthday to your daughter

  • Absolutely heartwarming. Happy birthday to your daughter!

  • Pink lil lady bug looks cho cute! Happy b’day to her. Ki bhalo meye go tomar … 3 te friends eyi happy. 🙂
    Cake ta ki bhalo dekhacche … snaps gulo o. 🙂

  • Happy birthday to the beautiful pink lady bug. Her cake looks just as wonderful as her! I hope she and your whole family had a fabulous funfilled day!

  • Cham

    Happy B’Day to the little one! She is quiet a happy pink princess! That is a cute cupcakes for the B’Day Gal 🙂

  • Wishing ur daughter a very happy Birthday….she is so cute:)

  • Funny thing, just last night my husband turned to me and asked “Why didn’t we have a girl?” Oh he would have loved one just as adorable and girly as yours! She is beautiful! And happy her for a sweet birthday treat like this!

  • Time flies and it’s tough to control it. So just enjoy every second of it 🙂
    Happy birthday to her and she is SO adorable. I love how cheerful she looks in every photo 🙂 And the cake looks yum. You know I don’t like frosting but that cup cake with that frosting is making me feel like licking it!!

  • Love & other Spices

    Wishing your a daughter a very happy birthday! She looks so pretty and cute.I can totally relate to your feelings and just in my last post I was talking about how fast my little boys are growing up and how I would love to cling to all those precious moments forever…

  • How cute Soma! Happy belated birthday to princess. I know what you mean even though I’m not a mom 🙂 I felt the same way while my little brother grow up from a tiny teddy bear to a 10 year old and then a teen boy. I still cuddle him and kiss me and he gets embarrassed 😀

  • El

    Happy birthday to your daughter. She is so beautiful. I’m sure she’s beautiful inside too. Hope you had fun. Love the cake!

  • Ur girl is adorable Soma!Love her. Lovely pics, especially the one which she is spinning…Great shot!

  • Firstly Soma, a very Happy Birthday to your little Princess. You are right how fast the time flies that your baby suddenly becomes a little girl. Just look at her dance with joy in her colorful dress. The cake looks simply grand and tempting.
    Also wanted to report to you that by using your method, I prepared the Laal Maas ( Rajasthani Meat Curry) and believe me it turned out to be very tasty. I am a die hard Garlic fan so you can imagine how much I loved the aroma… May I post this recipe with you link attached to it ? Thanks. Tomar answer er oppekha e thakbo
    Hamaree Rasoi


    Thank you! Of course you can post!! you do mot have to ask me.. you cooked it 😀 am really glad that you liked it.


  • Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! MY daughter is 2.5 yr old and I know before I even blink she will be 6! The birthday cake and cup cakes look so cute 🙂

  • Happy birthday to your beautiful little girl. She’s so pretty in pink with her feathers. I hope she had a wonderful day.

  • I still remember how you freaked out on Twitter over the ‘missing’ cream of tartar. Your daughter has good taste, the fact that she detest icing is a good sign. Send my best birthday wishes to her!

  • Happy Birthday to your spunky little ladybug. She is a cutie 🙂

    Salute to your daughter’s wish of having a small soiree with her good friends!! More cake among themselves 🙂

  • Kaushiki

    Happy Birthday to the Twirlie Smilie….love her excited smile the most…

  • Happy Birthday to your beautiful little girl! I will say that Maya at 6 is the best. She’s more fun than ever before! I love it and I’m sure you will too.

    Gorgeous cake. What a lucky girl she is to have a mom who can make such amazing things!

  • An adorable cake for an adorable girl — you’re an awesome mom and happy birthday to your little one!

  • anh

    happy birthday to your little princess. The first photo of her is so full of life and sweetness…
    And the cake? lovely, Soma.

  • Arunima

    Hi Soma,
    Your daughter is so beautiful and seems such a wonderful spirited girl… Belated wishes to her.

  • hI sOMA,

    Lovely dress and the tutu looks so colourful and lovely! I saw so many colours floodin the market and I wish I was a littel girl in a pretty tutu! Love the way she twirls and the smiles and twinkles in her face as she sees the cake. Happy Birthday to your little one!


  • soma

    Thank you so much to all of you for your blessings and wonderful wishes. Really really appreciate!

  • Ivy

    Soma, belated birthday wishes to your beautiful little girl. She is like a princess and I can remember my daughter at her age as if it was yesterday. Yes, they do grow up very quickly but every period of their life is still wonderful and we should cherish every moment. You prepared so many delicious treats for her party which I am sure they all enjoyed.

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