Meet one of my best pals, Mike
He’s a beauty. It was his 21st birthday recently and came to visit us on the island to celebrate. He also made me promise to make him a cheesecake, so that I did.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live with girls, especially during times like last weekend when there weren’t just the usual 3 guys in the house, there were 6 of them.
I nearly died in the middle of the night because the toilet seat was left up (not that this was something new), but I stupidly assumed it would be down, and performed a genuinely impressive acrobatic act to avoid falling into the toilet. And as I sat there, after safely lowering the seat, I wondered what it would be like to live with girls.
But then it’s moments like when I came back from work exhausted, and ran into the boys all coming home from a day adventuring around the island and was enveloped into a huge group hug with everyone yelling and grinning, just for being reunited after a short time apart. I realized goofy stuff like that is just one of the great things of having guy roommates. Even though I nearly have a heart attack every day when they balance on skateboards on top of questionable objects in the living room, and when I get told to stop being such a mom for telling them to put a bandaid on an open wound, and even when I’m dragged outside to learn how to play “skateboard hockey” I still love it. Even though sometimes I’d rather not be having a “who-can-do-the-most-push-ups” competition (Not saying that I didn’t willingly join in. And came in 2nd place may I add), they still watch rom-com’s with me and we sit around in our pyjamas, eating chocolate and talking about our feelings far more often then you’d think.
I’m so lucky to have so many ridiculous, hilarious, loving and completely wonderful dudes in my life. And when it comes to the day one of them was born, you bet your ass they’re going to get a killer cake.
Mike loves oreos, perhaps more than he loves anything else in this world, so the choice for type of cheesecake was simple.
I looked up lots of different recipes, as well as methods. The question came down to a baked cheesecake vs a no-bake cheesecake. I liked the sound of the no-bake cheesecake, 1. because it sounded lighter and creamier, and 2. because our oven is shifty and likes to fuck with me sometimes and bake really unevenly, so I didn’t want to take a chance on the quality of the birthday boy’s cake.
So the recipe I used is mostly improvised. I took components and inspiration from countless recipes and pinterest photos. It worked for me, and everyone enjoyed it, so I hope you do too!
250g cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, melted
500 ml whipped cream
1 box oreos
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
First I found the plate I wanted to serve the cake on, and on top put a 6″ cake ring.
- In a bowl, crush 10-12 Oreos (or crush them in a ziplock bag then put in the bowl) and combine with the melted butter.
- Press the Oreo and butter mixture into the bottom of the cake ring, until packed tightly.
- In an electric mixer, beat whip cream until it forms medium stiff peaks. Transfer to a separate bowl.
- Again with an electric mixer, whip cream cheese and vanilla extract until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes)
- Add whipped cream to electric mixer in 2 inclusions, whipping everything together until just combined
(I set aside about 1 1/2 cups of whipped cream to serve with the cake)
- Crush another 4-5 Oreos and fold into the mixture.
- Pour into the cake ring, level out with an offset spatula
- Break up another few Oreos into big pieces and lay on the top of the cheesecake
- Let set overnight
- The next day, warm the sides of the cake ring with your hands or a warm cloth then pull gently upwards to remove.
Happy eating! x