Last night, we hosted a slumber party for Hallie and her friend Makenzie, whose birthdays are just two days apart (way back in March, but, hey, we do what we can). The girls decided they wanted marble cheesecake. After checking many grocery stores and bake shops, we discovered that a) next to no one had marble cheesecake, and b) a bake shop cheesecake costs in the $35-45 range. Yeah. Really.
Well, that wasn’t really in our budget, so we started the look for options. If I didn’t have a broken wrist, I probably could have figured out how to make one, and that might have been the cheapest option, but, under the circumstances, we really needed to buy a cake. The girls agreed to a plain cheesecake, topped with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and mini chocolate chips.
The cake (a HUGE one, by the way) was $12.99 at Costco. I already had the chocolate chips, and I think the whipped cream cost about two bucks. So I just had to throw together a quick ganache (just heat chocolate and milk in a double boiler and mix it together ~ so simple), let it cool slightly, and pour it over the cake. At cake time, our friend Ramona made a whipped cream heart on top on the ganache, and sprinkled it with chocolate chips.
Voila! A cute, delicious cake for a fraction of the price.