My Brother’s Birthday Party (WIAW Edition)

Some of you may have seen my taunting pictures on Monday and have waited to see the inside of the fabulous cookie dough cake that I made. Well, you are going to have to wait just a little longer (read: middle of this post for all of you desperate cookie dough lovers). πŸ˜‰

This weekend we finally got to hold my brother’s birthday party since we had to cancel the original date on account of him being sick.


I spent most of Saturday making the birthday cake, doing some last minute shopping with my brother for ice and frosting, and doing a little tidying right before all of the teenage boys came!

For supper on Wednesday we ordered pizza. Lots and lots of pizza. Not for the faint hearted either with double pepperoni and bacon.


Later on that night after it stopped raining all of the boys went swimming while my mom and I snuck upstairs to watch some Netflix.


When they were done outside it was time for cake!


Cutting the cake… Almost there…


And finally the inside, complete with an amazing thick layer of buttercream frosting and cookie dough balls.


Setting up an assembly line my mom sliced the cake, my dad plated them with forks and I… took pictures πŸ˜‰


Just one more shot.


Okay. One more…


After the cake my mom and I watched another video, this time Rookie Blue, one of my favorite tv shows ever.


Soon after I hit the hay but I’m pretty sure a majority of the house stayed up much later. Doing what exactly? My guess- watching horror movies and playing video games.

The food of course didn’t end with cake though. As soon as my parents were up we got to work on breakfast.


My dad cooked up the bacon on our griddle.


My mom baked the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.


And I helped my mom cut of the bottoms when said cinnamon rolls got burned. πŸ™‚


All turned out well though!


And that wraps up this special edition of WIAW!! Thanks to Jenn for hosting.



For those of you interested in making the cookie dough cake (and why shouldn’t you be? πŸ˜€ ), here are the basic pieces:

1-2-3-4 Yellow CakeΒ Β from Something Shiny Blog


Butter Cream Frosting from Betty Crocker


Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tollhouse


Cookie Dough Filling from Something Shiny Blog


Here are a few suggestions for those with food allergies:

Cake- Egg/Nut/Soy/Milk-Free from Love Living Simple andΒ Grain/Nut-Free from Artistta

Frosting- Dairy/Soy/Egg/Grain-Free from Delia Creates and Paleo/Egg/Grain-Free from Real Food Forager

Cookies- Egg/Nut-Free from Liv Lives Life and Gluten-Free from After the Ivy League

Cookie Dough- Grain/Egg/Dairy-Free from Texanerin Baking and Nut/Dairy-Free from A Dash of Compassion

Mini Chocolate Chips for topping- Nut/Egg-Free from Nestle and Top 8 Free from Enjoy Life


And here are the basic assembly instructions: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake


What is your favorite birthday party food? Before my allergies I would definitely have said cheese pizza!

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake? White sheet cake, strawberry, funfetti… Or this cookie dough cake I imagine if I was able to actually take a bite! πŸ˜€

How do you celebrate your birthday these days? Mine was spent at school. Nothing fancy whatsoever.

Have you ever been to a birthday party where either the host or guest had food allergies? I have never, but as an allergic girl myself I’m of course curious!

63 thoughts on “My Brother’s Birthday Party (WIAW Edition)

    • I love cookie dough ice cream too. It’s my absolute favorite flavor. I tried to convince my parents that they should buy cookie dough ice cream as well but they thought that was a little overload 😦 I would have to disagree but I wasn’t the one eating it so…

  1. Oh my gosh stop it. I tried commenting Monday but my phone wouldn’t let me. I need to make this cake ASAP! Unfortunately I think it will have to wait until the end of the summer when I have a real kitchen to cook in, but I’ve been wanting to make this forever an yours came out perfectly!

    • I have just stopped trying to comment on my phone because it either only posts half of what I say, I seriously mess up my sentences, or I lose connection when trying to reply and lose my whole comment (and it always happens to the long ones too… 😦 ). So yes, I completely understand! πŸ™‚

      This would be perfect to make at the end of summer. A little celebration or sorts before you head back to school!

  2. You’re the devil. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. THAT CAKE. I’m in a glorious sugar coma just looking at it. Please marry/date me/let me enslave you and bake for me all the time ;). I think your brother must have really appreciated all the time you spent working on it! It’s a masterpiece πŸ™‚

    • If one get literally get in a sugar coma from looking at lovely baked goods over the internet I would be in serious danger.

      Is that a proposal I hear?! πŸ˜‰ If so… I accept. We shall make said cake for the wedding. Lol.

    • Haha. Thanks Jess. It went really well and I think everyone loved the cake… but like you said– who wouldn’t love a cake that puts together the amazingness that is cookie dough AND ice cream?!

  3. Again, I am in awe of your amazing cookie.cake making skills. You must be a very high cntender for the best sister in the world hehe. I hope they all enjoyed it πŸ™‚
    Birthdays are a very quiet affair now I’m in my 20s…but always spent with good food and good company πŸ˜€

    • I think baking this cake kind of makes up for all of the times when I wasn’t the most stellar sister… Like every other day. Haha.

      Birthdays are pretty quiet for me too now. Actually after middle school even when I actually had birthday parties they were always really laid back. That’s good for me since I am one of those who always fell asleep early because I was so worn out. πŸ˜›

  4. My birthday is in January and I do like cake… Just sayin πŸ˜‰ But in all seriousness, that cake looks amazing and it was so sweet of you to do something like that for your brother. The most common cakes I’d see on my birthdays were always either Black Forest or ice cream, and I think I must have developed some kind of sentimental love for them, because that’s always what I like to see these days too. That and pizza – extra cheesy. I was one of those weird kids that didn’t like anything on my pizza so I’d always ask for it just plain cheese. Good times πŸ˜€

    • If you pay for the travel expenses to head up North I will totally make you this cake πŸ™‚

      I have seen black forest cakes but have never tried one before. And ice cream cakes were always a good one.

      I always asked for plain cheese as well. I could tolerate veggie pizza when I got older because I liked the idea of getting in my veggies, but there is just something so right about unadulterated pizza πŸ™‚

  5. The cake looks amazing, Madison! Those cinnamon rolls are a flashback to my childhood. A trick for not burning them…use a glass pie plate…spray it first, then cook as directed. Works every time for me. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks Fran! (I feel like I am always saying “thanks” or “thank you” before your name. Haha. You always have such nice things to say πŸ™‚ ).

      Thanks for the tip as well but I think the problem was that my mom put them in as soon as she turned on the oven instead of waiting for it to preheat. You can bet that got an eye roll from my dad when he saw the black bottoms. Lol.

  6. Oh my goodness- great job on the cake! I always think homemade goodies are much better than store-made ones. It’s always nice to know that the recipe came from the heart πŸ™‚ It looks like you had a wonderful time. Spending time with family is a never-fail option. ❀ Have a lovely day, Madison!

  7. Did everyone just love your cake? I’m not sure how they couldn’t πŸ™‚ Looks SO SO good! My favorite birthday cake would be a Mrs. Goodman’s vanilla bean w/ raspberry filling! SO good! If someone else were to make it, I’d have to say a lemon or carrot cake!

  8. It looks like your brother had a pretty fantastic birthday!! But of course with that cake, how could he not? πŸ˜‰
    I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a tenancy to burn the bottom of baked goods! I use to always burn the bottom of bread rolls, but now I bake them on convection, and it’s much better.
    I adore good old chocolate cake! The last time I made a cake, it was chocolate, filled with raspberry fruit spread, and topped with cream cheese frosting. So good! πŸ™‚

    • Thankfully I can 100% blame this burning episode on my mother πŸ˜‰ But yes, I have burnt my fair share of food too. I cannot tell you how many times when I was roasting almonds a few year back for almond butter that I’d forget to set the timer and then the smoke alarm would go off. Black tar butter is what I got. Lol.

      I just saw a recipe for chocolate cake with raspberry filling and it looked amazing. I’d never seen that kind of cake before so I pinned it immediately. You have good taste πŸ™‚

  9. Omggggg i think i’m just going to bake this either this weekend or next just because i’m convinced i need it in my life…life’s a celebration right? So we should celebrate its beauty with this awesome cake….yeah jumping on that thought asap πŸ˜‰

    • You really do need this cake in your life. Pronto. There is nothing that cookie dough can’t fix πŸ™‚ Especially a tub of cookie dough ice cream. Now that has some serious healing powers let me tell you. Haha. Let me know if you end up making it! πŸ™‚

    • It was very well received. I think I would have just eaten the entire cookie dough layer in one sitting if left to my own devices πŸ™‚ It was a great time. Thanks for the comment Alex!

  10. That cake looks fabulous, and it was very nice of you to make it for your brother! You did a great job putting it together, and it looks quite professional. I love that you gave so many options for those with food allergies, and I would enjoy trying to “vegan-ize” that cake, because I am sure it would be delicious.

    • Thanks a ton Kendra. If you ever make a vegan version, let me know! I kind of hate posting recipes on here that people with food allergies or dietary restrictions can’t eat because I know it’s so hard. But I’m glad you appreciated the substitution ideas. That’s what they’re there for!

  11. So, I immediately had to rush over here and see these cake pictures πŸ˜‰ Looks so good! Cookie dough might be the best thing to happen to dessert, just sayin. Favourite kind of birthday cake involves chocolate cake, buttercream frosting, and peanut butter in some form. Or ice cream cake, that’s cool too. For my last birthday, my family came up the night of for a nice dinner, and then that weekend I had a night out at a casino with friends followed by a few clubs, and then attempting to have 8 of us sleep in my 1 bedroom apartment…not the most comfortable, but a fun night nonetheless :-p

    • Your favorite kind of birthday cake sounds amazing. I’ve never had a cake with peanut butter before. I can’t have nuts but I think I will have to make some kind of version of that for a future party. I bet the chocolate and pb combination is to die for!

      I think cookie dough is the best thing to happen in the food world. Period.

  12. This looks like so much fun! I always burn those darn Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. I can make cookies and other baked things from scratch, but I always burn those too! The inside of that cake looks like a professional made it! I would seriously hire you! πŸ™‚

    p.s I noticed I didn’t have you on my blogroll when you commented! I fixed it! Sorry! πŸ™‚

    • I have yet to burn the cinnamon rolls when I’ve made them so I’m not even sure how my mother accomplished that . Lol. I think she put them in before the oven was up to the correct temperature and as such increased the cooking time A LOT! πŸ™‚

      Oh Katherine, you didn’t have to do that. That’s not why I commented πŸ™‚ You just reminded me that I needed to update mine as well! I still am missing a few blogs on there but I’m so bad at keeping things current (especially my recipe page!).

  13. I’m still seriously drooling over this cake. The next b’day in my family is my husband’s, so maybe, just maybe, I can convince him that THIS is the cake he wants. πŸ˜‰

    It sounds like your brother had a great birthday party; how sweet of you to bake the cake & help out with the party itself.

    My last actual birthday party was back in college. My roommates threw a nice 21st shindig for me–complete with a llama-shaped piΓ±ata (and of course plenty of adult beverages). Nowadays, we’ll usually cook or go out to a nice dinner. I’m old, what can I say?… πŸ™‚

    • I don’t think you should even try to convince him. Just make it πŸ˜‰

      I didn’t have a birthday party this past year because I was in class that day. It sounds like you had some great roommates!

  14. Hahah Gordon Ramsay in a movie?? Didn’t think I’d ever see that! Was it good?
    The cake looks soooo amazing!! Well done! I wouldn’t have been able to stop taking pictures of it if I were you…but then again, teenage boys who are ready to eat are kind of scary.
    Thanks so much for the shout out!

    • Don’t base the beginning on how the rest of the movie is going to go. Simply put the first 15 minutes are slow and boring, but it was pretty good after that. I liked that Gordon Ramsay made some guest appearances in it. And he was actually nice compared to his tv shows!

      I promise you that these pictures account for about one-third of the ones I actually took. Lol.

      And I’m glad to be able to include one of your recipes. I was super impressed by how good they look for being egg-free.

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  16. I cannot believe that cake had any substitutions! Its beautiful and SO DELICIOUS to gaze atttt πŸ™‚ Any leftovers in the mail would be appreciated!

    • Thanks Serena! It took a little while to find some good replacement recipes, but I figured that a lot people would look at how I made it and be disappointed that they couldn’t have some of the ingredients.

      And I’ll get right on that shipment πŸ˜‰

    • I started around 9 or 10 that morning making the cake, and then from letting it cool and making the other parts, putting it together… We got it done around 4 or 5. But of course there were a lot of rests in between and a quick trip to the store because my mom underestimated how much frosting was needed! Let’s just say in my opinion this is probably the coolest cake his friends have ever had at a birthday party. Haha. He told me later that they all thought it was awesome. He totally deserved it though because he’s an awesome brother.

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