Lemon Cookie Cake

Soooooooo. Lemon. We all know I love it. It’s been a lemony summer for me. I just love the refreshing taste of lemons and it just screams summer. When I originally saw the picture of this Lemon Cookie Cake, I knew that I HAD to make it. It looks amazing, and I have to admit that Live, Love and Sugar’s pictures came out much better than mine. But this was my first try! :)

I’m normally not really into white chocolate at all, but I wanted to try them anyway. And I was happy to see that the white chocolate chips weren’t too strong. I ended up adding about 1/4 teaspoon of lemon extract to the cookie dough to give it a little more punch, and I was happy with how it turned out. I let the lemon juice and the lemon zest ride in the buttercream frosting though. And that was just the thing to do.

I added a little more frosting to my cookie cake…meaning I used every last drop of the frosting that I made. At first I only put one row around the cookie cake, but then I decide that wasn’t enough and added some more. Because you can never have too much frosting!

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So if you are all about lemon like I am, and you want to make this, please go visit Life Love and Sugar‘s web site  for the recipe! And make sure you check out some of her other awesome recipes that will have you baking for days!

 

Homemade Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

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Since I have a bigger kitchen and a lot more storage space, I’ve been able to play with more of small appliances. The first thing I put to use after we moved was my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. It’s been years since I’ve made ice cream and it just  made me realize how much I’ve missed it!

As you can probably tell from some of my previous recipes (Lemon FluffLemon Pound Cake with Vanilla IcingBlueberry Lemon Scones, etc.), I’m a huge fan of lemon flavored things. So when I was grocery shopping (online), I came across Lemon Oreo Cookies. I was so excited when I saw them, that I had to buy them. And I knew right then and there what I was going to do with them. Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream. It was a no-brainer.

I definitely prefer making my own ice cream because I know what’s in it. If you look at the ingredients on the ice cream carton you get from the grocery store there are always so many words you can’t even pronounce.

This has quickly become my favorite Homemade Ice Cream, and I’ve made quite a few flavors. It’s just the perfect balance of sweet and zesty! I love the texture and the added flavor that the Lemon Oreo Cookie Pieces give it.

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Do yourself a favor and make this ice cream. You won’t be sorry. And stay tuned for some other flavors that I’m working on as well!

{Original Lemon Ice Cream Recipe from Your Home Based Mom}

Homemade Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Crushed Lemon Oreo Cookies

Directions

Step 1 Mix together the Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Sugar and Eggs in a medium saucepan with a whisk.
Step 2 Add in the 1 cup of Whole Milk and Vanilla.
Step 3 Cook the mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a simmer.
Step 4 Remove from the heat.
Step 5 Strain through a sieve or a mesh strainer to remove the Lemon Zest.
Step 6 Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's cold.
Step 7 Add in the 1 1/2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream and freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.
Step 8 Add in the Crushed Lemon Oreo Cookies in the last 5 minutes of churning in the ice cream maker.

 

Hello, remember me?

Hi! Let me introduce myself – my name is Jen. This is my blog. And I’ve been M.I.A. Life has been really busy and super crazy. We moved, and I swear to you I’m still stuck under about a million boxes. The boxes are never ending. I know it’s no excuse though. I shouldn’t have left for this long. Back in April I had the opportunity to judge the Cupcake Smash and it was awesome! There are so many talented bakers (both professional and amateur) and I was STUFFED by the time the Cupcake Smash was over. But we all paced ourselves so that we weren’t sick.

We love our new house. It’s in a quieter neighborhood and that makes us much happier. We were right in the middle of the hustle and bustle in our last place and it was always so loud. Constant sirens, car honking, doors slamming, fire trucks, people yelling outside, etc.

We will miss this view:

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But we really can’t complain since we have this BEAUTIFUL window in our living room:

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And we also have a balcony! This is what we get to enjoy when we’re outside:

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So there really aren’t any complaints from me! And my kitchen is much bigger at our new house too! I’ve been pretty busy in the kitchen making homemade ice cream and a few other treats. Here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been busy with…

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Stay tuned for some of my favorite homemade ice cream recipes! I found one that is out of this world!

Support Philabundance! Cupcake Smash ~ April 26, 2014

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I’m SO excited for Cupcake Smash this year! It’s going to be an amazing event, as always. It’s the 4th year that Cupcake Smash is being held, and it’s for such a wonderful cause. I’m a huge supporter of Philabundance. They do such wonderful things for the community. I’ve gone to their location to volunteer with my coworkers, and it was such a rewarding experience. So if I can support them AND eat cupcakes at the same time that is definitely a win/win!

What?

Philabundance’s Cupcake Smash challenges both professional and amateur bakers to create wild, ambitious and flavorful cupcakes.

When?

Saturday April 26th, 2014  ~  2pm – 5pm

Where?

The Piazza at Schmidts
1050 N. Hancock St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
*Rain or shine!*

Cost?

Click here to purchase tickets.
Your ticket includes entry into the event, mini cupcake samples created by our professional and amateur bakers, complimentary cocktails* and more.

And you will see me there! I’m a Judge, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I can’t wait to see all of the talented people competing this year! The weather should be gorgeous, so buy a ticket and come on out for some cupcakes!

Win Tickets to Let Them Eat Cake!

CITY OF HOPE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF FONDANT FUN WITH LET THEM EAT CAKE: FANTASY WEDDINGS (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

 

Laura Eaton Photography

Photo Credit: Laura Eaton Photography

It’s no secret that I LOVE CAKE. I’m pretty sure everyone around here knows that. So this is an event I look forward to every year because I love seeing all of the talented bakers come out and compete! The cakes they create are amazing and it’s all for a good cause. So makes sure you enter my ticket giveaway (at the bottom of this post!) or purchase a ticket to support City of Hope!

40+ bakers, pastry chefs and students compete in the Northeast’s largest wedding cake competition

Philadelphia, PA – City of Hope Philadelphia celebrates ten years of fondant fun with Let Them Eat Cake: Fantasy Weddings on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:00pm at the DoubleTree Hilton (237 Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA). Brides-to-be, dessert fanatics and fondant foodies will sample creations from 40 professional pastry chefs and student bakers from around the tri-state region.  Guests will enjoy a new Sweetheart Tablescape competition, Korbel champagne, live music from BVT Live, and the opportunity to meet celebrity chefs Marc and Benny (City Cakes NY) and John Moeller (former White House chef). Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/cohcake14 or by calling 215-985-0869. All proceeds benefit City of Hope to help cut out cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.

“What began ten years ago as an intimate evening organized by three friends has now become the Northeast’s premiere wedding cake competition – and Philadelphia’s sweetest event of the year,” said City of Hope’s Amy Tieman. “Our fantasy wedding theme takes us back to our roots. Brides-to-be can find inspiration as bakers let their imaginations run wild.”Whether you are a bride or groom, or simply have a huge sweet tooth, this is the perfect opportunity to sample 40 scrumptious cakes from the most talented bakers in the tri-state area. Early confirmed participants include Classic Cakes, Granny Schmidt’s, Wonderland Cakes, The Restaurant School of Walnut Hill and The Art Institute of Philadelphia.Each Fantasy Weddings masterpiece will be judged by celebrity judges, wedding experts and local VIPs in two levels (professional and college) in six categories (Most Artistic, Best Tasting, Best Theme, Best of Show, more). Guests can also vote in the “People’s Choice” category.Celebrity judges for 2014 are Chefs Marc and Benny from City Cakes NY and former White House Chef John Moeller. Marc and Benny have been seen on TLC, Food Network, Rachel Ray and E! Network. Moeller has been  chef to three White House administrations, including President  George H.W. Bush, President William Jefferson Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Local judges this year will include:* Head Judge – Natayna DiBona, co-host and co-founder Diner en Blanc Philadelphia
* Kathy Gold, owner of In the Kitchen Cooking School and president of Les Dames D’Escoffier PHL
* Dana Herbert, winner of Next Great Baker
*George Kyrtatas, the Sweet Water Grill and Cut Throat Kitchen
* Others to be announcedIn addition to the main cake competition, City of Hope announces a new Sweetheart Tablescape competition sponsored by UBER and coordinated by Soiree Philadelphia. Local wedding planning and design companies will create Fantasy Wedding Tablescape that will be judged by guests.Tickets are on sale now for $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets are being sold online for the first time ever at bit.ly/cohcake14. Tickets are also available by calling 215-985-0869 or emailing atieman@coh.org. The first 100 attendees in the door on the night of the event will receive a goody bag worth over $100.Let Them Eat Cake: Fantasy Weddings is presented by and benefits City of Hope Philadelphia Office. Special thanks to sponsors including YELP Philadelphia, Nordstrom, Sweat Fitness, Laura Eaton Photography, Soiree, Bella Angel, BVT and Back to Life, WTSO and UBER. All new UBER users will receive a complimentary ride up to $20.00 using promo code Cityofhope2014.

ABOUT CITY OF HOPE

City of Hope is recognized worldwide as a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S. News & World Report.

In 2013, City of Hope celebrated their centennial anniversary by announcing major break-through advances in the following areas: Type 1 Diabetes, Cancer Immunotherapy Platform, developed a pioneering cancer drug, COH29 and T Cell Immunotherapy. The work conducted at City of Hope is shared with medical centers worldwide, touching the lives of millions of people everywhere. For more information about how you can support City of Hope’s lifesaving research and treatment programs, please call 1-800-260-HOPE, or visit the Web site at www.cityofhope.org.  City of Hope, Where the Power of Knowledge Saves Lives™.

City of Hope’s Philadelphia Office hosts events throughout the year to support the life-saving work of City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. Signature events include Let Them Eat Cake, HopeCuts, Fitness for Hope and Women’s Cancer Walk (formerly called the Walk for Hope). For more information, call 800-344-8169 toll free (or 215-985-0869), follow @CityofHopePhila on Twitter and like City of Hope Philadelphia Office on Facebook.

Check out some of my favorite cakes from last year’s event!

Photo Credit: Philly Loves Fun

Photo Credit: Philly Loves Fun

Laura Eaton Photography

Laura Eaton Photography

I’ve gone to this event in the past, and it’s for a wonderful cause. And you get to eat CAKE!  If you’re going, leave me a note in the comments and I hope to see you there!

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