While the highlight of children’s parties is still largely the traditional birthday cake, there’s a new edible treat that is equally delicious for kids, but with a unique twist.
Enter the chocolate chip cookie cake from Cookie Bar, the brainchild of Ivorie Acosta. One of their bestsellers is a chocolate chip cookie the size of a regular cake, encircled by a ring of Kit Kats and with Maltesers filling up the center. Customers can have the celebrants’ name or a message using fondant letters. They can even customize the cake, using different chocolates, depending on the client’s request.
“People are really surprised with how different it is, because usually it’s a spongy chocolate cake,” says Ivorie. “The inside is a chocolate chip cookie cake. It’s not the hard kind. It’s very thick and moist in the middle.”
It was the Levain Bakery in New York City that inspired Ivorie’s baking lightbulb moment. “They had baked cookies,” she remembers. “They were really big. They were as big as my hand. And that bakery’s rated as one of the best in the world. So when I tasted those, I was thinking that I want to bring it back home. I want to make something like that.”
Ivorie then started experimenting by putting a bit of liqueur into her cookies, thus coming up with such flavors as hazelnut liqueur, rum or bourbon, hence, the name Cookie Bar. When they didn’t do so well, however, she decided to make regular cookies instead, using a different approach.