For a beautiful young lady who is turning 10 today !
My baby is 10 years old today. How the ten years went by I do not know. But as I woke up this morning, the memories of the first time I laid my eyes on her felt like it was yesterday.
It is an emotional day for me. Ten years seem like a lot of time, but that first time when she looked up to me and laid her tiny head against my beating heart, seems it just happened; the excitement of the surprise and the feelings untold that can only be felt when you are waiting to meet your first child.
Well she is no more a baby and the double digit number nudges hard on the parents – kind of an awakening experience. I do not want to get mushy here. I know all the parents out there can hear me.
She is ten and she is a mischievous brat!
Life moved slowly until she was 5.
When she was five, and she posed for me…it does not happen anymore…
Once school started, time picked up in a storm….
She is a no fancy girl, who decided to go low on the celebration as she does every year. A quiet time at home with family and then a play date and ice cream with two of her best friends over the weekend is her kind of a happy day. Her little sister announced two days before her birthday that she will “give her a bagful of kisses which she can pour out in her heart”. I was stunned by her expression, for only a child can come up with a poetry like that.
And the birthday girl wanted a store bought cookie cake with lots of icing, much to the distress of her food blogger mom. You would understand why I was “shocked” to why she would not want a home baked classic cake, wouldn’t you? So I sneaked up while she was in school and baked this cookie cake. I also gave her a choice that if she does not like it, we can always go and get one.
She did not believe me that I baked it! (Well she did later…) And she loved the cake….
I did use the store bought icing (and added a bit of light color and citrus fragrance) to satisfy her. After all it is her birthday.
Happy Birthday to our precious Prarthana! We love you to pieces.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Recipe adapted from Dine and Dish
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure orange extract or vanilla
- 2 cups flour, plus 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Line a 14-inch, light colored, 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 extract or vanilla.
Rub in the orange zest into the flour with your fingertips. 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 chocolate chips.
Spread dough into the lined pan.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, 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.
Ice the cake if you wish to. I used store bough icing.
Ice/frosting only when completely cooled.