Turning 40 and Mini Chocolate Cream Pies.

 

OK, so I think I am finally out of the denial stage. I just turned 40. So what.

 

But damn, 40 sounds so freaking OLD and I still feel 25. And some might say that I still look 25 (ok, at least 30. I’m Asian.). :)  I’ve been dreading this birthday ever since the beginning of October. I mean, who wants to turn 40?!  Fortunately, for me, I was able to celebrate with my sister and home girls (sisters from another mother) in VEGAS baby. Man, I seriously married a good man. He watched our daughters – over the weekend – while I got to take a girls only trip to Vegas. .  Needless to say, I had a lot of fun.

 

I’m not going to write much- because, hey, this is Vegas we’re talking about- but here are some highlights I am allowed to share:

  1. For my birthday, we ate dinner at Scarpetta at the Cosmopolitan. So. Damn. Good.
  2. We went shopping and all got to splurge a little. (Insert my first pair of Jimmy Choos!)
  3. We got mani/pedi’s.
  4. I actually got to get ready with no kids hanging from my leg.
  5. We gambled. Eunice rocked roulette.
  6. Based on a recommendation, we ate at the NEW Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace

 

Which brings me to my post on the mini chocolate cream pies.  Now, this buffet was pretty rad, I must say. All you can eat Fresh East and West Coast oysters, king crab, snow crab, mussels and prawns + sushi + Italian + all your standard buffet style eating. .  And the dessert station. O.M.G.  I was purposely saving room so I could eat at least one of everything. I’m not joking.

 

And then it happened.

 

I settled in back at my table with my four small plates (to start):  a chocolate cream pie with raspberries, chocolate cake, and a couple of other desserts pictured below. I start- as I always do with multiple desserts- taking a bite of each one (this is the only way to do it at a dessert buffet in my book) and then I get to the chocolate cream pie with raspberries.

 

I look down. I have eyes like a hawk. I see something moving. It’s not one of the chocolate shavings on the pie. It’s a freaking worm.

 

I was repulsed. And mad. Mad that I had now lost my appetite and would not be devouring 20 more little dessert plates. I immediately called over the manager and showed her the dessert. She apologized profusely, said she would speak to the chef and swiftly took the little plate from me and headed for the kitchen.

 

Well, my dinner (and my sister’s) was comped. So, that’s nice. Will I ever go back to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace?  I’m sure I will. .  one day. .  but I’ll always look over my food. Twice.

 

 

This was all MY food. This is how I roll buffet-style.

 

 

{above} The beautiful desserts- before – the incident.

 

Now, don’t ask me why, but I felt the need to semi- recreate the dessert here at home. This one is way better and worm-less.  Hope the story didn’t turn you off or make you feel sick. These Mini Chocolate Cream Pies are seriously delicious. And the chocolate cream filling is divine! If the cream cheese is too much for you, add a little more cocoa powder and milk.  There are a ton of different chocolate cream pie recipes out there.  . and this one is simple and easy, doesn’t require a whole lot of ingredients or steps and the chocolate cream can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes. What could be better?

 

 

 

Mini Chocolate Cream Pies.
 
This will make 4 mini chocolate cream pies or one standard 9-inch pie.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • About 18-20 Oreo cookies, smashed into crumbs (you can use the entire cookie)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • For the Chocolate Cream Filling:
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Whipped Cream Topping:
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 4½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Toppings:
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Sliced almonds
  • Fresh raspberries or blackberries

Instructions
  1. Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and the melted butter in a medium bowl and combine with your hands (I wore plastic gloves) until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides in each mini pie plate, forming a crust. Refrigerate the lined mini pie plates for about 20 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the crust has set.
  2. Make the Chocolate Cream Filling: Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat 8 ounces softened cream cheese, ½ cup sugar, ⅓ cup cocoa powder, ⅓ cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until fluffy, for about 3 minutes. Spread in each cooled chocolate cookie mini crust. Refrigerate while making the whipped cream topping.
  3. Make the Whipped Cream Topping: When ready to serve, using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream and sugar in a chilled bowl at medium speed to soft peaks (about 2-3 minutes); add the vanilla. Continue to beat to barely stiff peaks (another minute or 2). Spread the whipped cream over the chilled chocolate cream filling and garnish with the chocolate sprinkles and sliced almonds and top with a single raspberry or blackberry. Serve immediately.

 

Recipe adapted from the Food Network and Brown Eyed Baker.

 

 

 

Damn, I’m 40. Watch out!

 

 

 

(iPhone photo): My and my homegirls. Sandy arrived later Friday night so she is not pictured in this dinner photo. I am so glad I got to do Vegas with these ladies: Susie, Sandy, Eunice and Grace. I love you all. Mmmmm POW POW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Responses to "Turning 40 and Mini Chocolate Cream Pies."

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  1. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY, Alice. You still look gorgeous! and remember that 40 is the new 20 now. :) Looks like it was fun and you had time to relax. and this chocolate cream pies look to die for. Very berry good!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you, Linda! You are so sweet! Yes, I definitely feel like a good wine. . getting better with age! :P

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  2. Bee

    November 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    So that’s why you were in Vegas. Happy belated birthday! What a fun way to celebrate. Minus the worm of course. Yikes!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      November 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Hahaha, YES! Thank you so much! Yes, I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday! and yes- I sooooooo could have done without the worm! :P

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  3. Ashley - Baker by Nature

    November 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    You look GORGEOUS, lady!

    Happy birthday ;-) Glad to see you celebrated in style!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      November 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you Ashley! Yup, we all had loads of fun! :)

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  4. Allilau

    November 7, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Big hip, hip, hooray and looking awesome too! Girls weekend in Vegas and an ultimate buffet, yes please! Disaster re the worm (but hey a comped dinner for you and the sis is good compensation!) Love that you got your pastry game on and recreated these chocolate pies so they’re better! Delish!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      November 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Alice! You are too sweet! :)

      Reply
  5. Sarah

    November 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Alice, I had no idea you just turned 40. I thought you were turning 30 and thinking that you were younger than me. Don’t worry girl, us Korean girls age well and we still look 25 at 40. It’s cause we don’t tan. Sorry to hear about your worm but I am glad you had a rockin time.

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    • hipfoodiemom

      November 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Sarah, hahha. . I actually equate it to a lot more than just not tanning. . but yes! Staying out of the sun is a big plus! So, are you 40 too? I finally decided I couldn’t tell myself I was turning 29 again. . for the 10th time. . hahah! :)

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  6. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    November 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Um, Alice – I don’t believe you when you say you’re 40 and you have two kids. You look fan-freaking-tastic – better than I look at 32 and childless. I’m not just saying these things to be nice. Fer reals, yo. You have so much energy, I’m constantly amazed at all the things you do and accomplish. I’m so glad you had a fabulous, food-filled time (despite the worm) – you deserve it. And how awesome is it that you came home and made these gorgeous cream pies? Love!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      November 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Nancy,
      girl, I don’t believe it myself. . my girlfriends were telling freaking everyone in Vegas that I was 40. I HATED it. I seriously feel like a 28 year old trapped in a 40 yr old body! :P
      Thank you for the very sweet comments! Exercise, drink lots of water and take care of your skin. That’s my advice for anyone who wants it. . but YOU don’t need to worry about this my dear! :) and the kids keep me on my toes. . fo sho.

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      • Nancy @ gottagetbaked

        November 14, 2012 at 6:50 am

        lol, that’s what girlfriends are for, to embarrass you and then to make it all better by buying you booze ;) Whatever regimen you’re on, I need to get on it just so that I can look as fab as you (except for the kids…I don’t think I can do it! I can barely take care of myself and the Husband!).

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  7. Brandi @ TheHealthyFlavor.com

    November 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Happy birthday Alice!! I’m sorry I’m late…I’m behind on catching up on everything! You look beautiful and I feel so bad for ya, a worm?? Disgusting! But these cream pies….wow. Never had anything like that before. As usual, everything looks magnificent!!

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  8. Brandi @ TheHealthyFlavor.com

    November 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Oh and 40….girl no worries. You sure as heck don’t look it. I know how you feel though…I’m almost there but I still feel in my 20′s!!!

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  9. YinMom YangMom Allie

    November 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    we should all look so fine at 40

    Reply
  10. Fae's Twist & Tango

    November 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Dear Alice,
    Belated Happy Birthday!!! I think life gets sexier after 40. ;) I was away on a 6-week Australian trip and got back a few days ago. I just explored your recent posts. Your site is getting more elaborate by the day. Photos of your activities, meeting chefs, introduction of cookbooks, page on CSA… all fabulous!!! Just love your site/blog! :D Fae.

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