For the little vegans birthday we were baking two cakes and she got to choose one of them. She challenged me to make a Cookies and Cream cake. Why a challenge? Because I am probably one of the few people in America that doesn’t like sandwich cookies so I was not feeling the force. The cake was definitely a hit at the party being devoured by kids and adults. The directions are for how I decorated the cake but feel free to have fun. The icing was good without the white chocolate, I just love white chocolate and use it when ever I can find an excuse.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup oil (I use sunflower or olive)
1 cup applesauce
1 cup almond milk (soy milk may also be used)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips melted (I melt mine with the milk)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease three 9″ round cake pans.
In a large bowl mix flour, salt baking soda, baking powder, and egg replacer. In a separate bowl mix sugar, oil, applesauce, milk and melted chocolate. Slowly mix sugar mixture into flour mixture and stir until well blended. Pour batter evenly into the three pans. Tap bottom of pans to get air bubbles to the top. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Cake will pull away from side when done. When done let sit for approximately 5 minutes or until cool enough to touch pans with bare hands. Flip onto cooling rack. Let cool completely before putting cake together.
Do not start the filling for the layers until you are ready to decorate the cake because it will harden. The icing may be made ahead of time.
4 tbsp butter substitute
1/2 cup powder sugar
1 cup butter substitute
15 chocolate/vanilla sandwich cookies crumbled
15 chocolate/vanilla sandwich cookies whole
In mixer blend cream cheese and butter substitute until smooth. Slowly blend in powder sugar making sure there are no clumps. Melt white chocolate with almond milk over low heat. Mix melted white chocolate into frosting. Stir in crumbled cookies. Cover sides of cake and then decorate with whole cookies.