Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It’s my birthday!

Today is my 28th birthday!  The kids I are going to be running around town, cashing in on all my free birthday stuff – a free car wash, a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts (breakfast), free meal at Rubio’s (lunch), $10 to Joe’s Farm Grill (dinner) and $10 to Liberty Market (that’s dessert!) – we’re all so excited and the kids are thinking it’s going to be a great adventure!

Usually for my birthday cake, I ask for an Angel Food cake with homemade whipped cream.  It’s simple and delicious.  This year, I didn’t want simple and delicious.  I wanted my all-time favorite, Strawberry Cheesecake.  It was time Zac stepped up his birthday cake makin’ game anyway.


This recipe comes from my great-aunt and I’ve never had a cheesecake I like better (it has an added sour cream layer -  YUM).  The family came over on Sunday to celebrate and I celebrated with three very substantial pieces and I’m thinking I’ve gained four pounds from it.  Don’t judge me – it was my birthday party, you know.


Because the recipe isn’t as easy as Angel Food cake, we made this one a joint effort and worked together.  I was literally shocked when I looked over and saw Zac measuring and dumping the sugar with a regular spoon – not a measuring one!  I maybe overreacted a wee-bit.  He didn’t understand what the big deal was.   No one!  I mean, no one, is going to ruin my birthday cheesecake!  Needless to say, he’ll never make that mistake again :)

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For any fellow cheesecake lovers out there, here’s the recipe:

1 1/4 C. graham crackers (crushed) about 17 squares
2 T. sugar
4 T. butter (softened)
Blend crackers, butter and sugar.  Press in the bottom of a large spring-form pan.
Preheat oven to 350 for filling.

3 eggs
3 8 oz. packages cream cheese (can’t be store brand)
1 C. sugar
2 1/2 t. vanilla
Mix together until smooth and creamy.  Pour into the pan and bake 40-45 minutes.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

1 pint sour cream
3 T. sugar
1 t. vanilla
Mix until smooth and spread over cake.  Bake 5 minutes at 350.  Refrigerate.

Fruit topping:
1 package frozen strawberries (or raspberries)
2 T. sugar
2 T. corn starch
Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened.  Cool and spread over cake.
Refrigerate for 8 hours.




You want some?


Sorry, I ate the last of it for breakfast :)


  1. Happy Birthday! Angel food cake and strawberry cheesecake are probably my two favorite desserts:) Apple pie might be thrown in their, too. Have a great day!

  2. Cheesecake for breakfast yummy! Happy Birthday!

  3. Happy Birthday Miss Natty! I turned 29 on Saturday and I felt the same way about my chocolate cake. ALL MINE! :) I hope you're having a fabulous day!

    P.S. I would have "overreacted" about the regular spoons too. Don't mess with a woman and her dessert! Ha!

  4. Happy Birthday! That is genius to go to Liberty Market for dessert. I had breakfast there on my bday and it was YUMMY! Have a great day :)

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Oh my goodness does that cheesecake look delicious. Have a great day!

  6. Happy Birthday! This is so funny, it's Janell's birthday too!!!

  7. Happy Birthday! Your 28 on the 28th! LOL It's mine too, although I'm 38! Hope you have a FABULOUS day! XOXO

  8. The cake looks great! Love that Joe's birthday trifecta (BBQ, Liberty, and the Farm Grill). My mom is great friends with Joe Johnston and they catered my sister's graduation party. Pulled Pork for everyone!! Happy birthday!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You are so fabulous!! Hope your day is amazing, and I can't wait to make that cheesecake! Mine and my hubbys fave!

  10. Happy birthday! I love reading your blog--you have such fun and inspiring projects and I cannot WAIT to move out of my apartment so I can try some myself. I love seeing new entries! If you ever move to Draper, you'd have a new friend in me! (Though I wouldn't recommend it, as Utah is notoriously short on quality Craigslist finds for cheap!)

  11. Happy Birthday to you! Oh, my goodness...that cheesecake looks so delicious and decadent. I love cheesecake and will make this recipe. I hope you had a wonderful day of celebration.

  12. Happy birthday! Sounds like a fabulous day for all. And that cheesecake - yum! :)

  13. HaPpY HaPpY BiRtHdAy today! Hope it was a great day, you sound like me hitting up all the free stuff..why not huh! And thanks for the recipe, just what this pregnant girl needs! I'll be blaming you for my extra lbs! Anyways hope 28 is GREAT for ya!

  14. 28 for real!
    Happy Birthday!


  15. happy birthday! were the same age!

  16. its your golden birthday 28 on the 28th!

  17. Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a fabulous day! That cheesecakes looks delicious.. especially for breakfast! ;)

  18. this looks amazing!! Happy birthday! i remember 28!!! now im 32,what HAPPENED!!??

  19. i'm so sorry that i talked to you today and totally forgot about your birthday. we need to make a calendar for the cox side of the family to remember.
    i've had your cheesecake before and it is indeed super delicious! i hope you had a very happy day!!!

  20. Great post! And the cheesecake looks great. Happy late birthday :) I'd love for you to come and link up to my sweet treats party today!! Hope to see you there :)

  21. cute ~ Happy Birthday!!

  22. Hi! LOL! You are too cute! I am pinning this! It looks delish! I am a new follower!I would love it if you stopped by blog, take a look around and if you like what you see, follow me back! Thanks!
    Have a great holiday! Oh, and Hope your birthday was great!


  23. A VERY late Happy Birthday wish! The cake looks scrumptious! My birthday is next week dare I ask my husband to make this?!