Nate the Great and the Phony Clue and the girls asked if we could make the recipe for Phony Log Cake which we found at the end of the book, I said an emphatic, "yes!" It was so good I thought I'd share it here for you to say yes to, also. Have fun!
How to Make a Phony Log Cake
looks like a log, tastes like a cake, it's a cake in disguise
1/2 pint whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
20 round vanilla wafer cookies (Trader Joe's vanilla wafers are especially tasty in this recipe)
a spreading knife
a large plate
1/8 cup Nestles Quik
Make your whipped cream (you know how, so I won't belabor this point).
Using the knife, cover one side of a cookie with whipped cream
Stack another cookie on top. Cover the second cookie with whipped cream. Add another cookie. Keep stacking cookies and whipped cream until you have a tower of about twenty cookies. (I gave each kid ten and they had their own mini logs). At some point the tower will become wobbly. Set it down on its side on the plate. Now it's a log. Cover your log in a layer of whipped cream so that you can't see any of the cookies.
Complete the disguise. Run the fork over the whipped cream. This will make the whipped cream look more like tree bark. Sift the cocoa over the log. It's okay if some goes on the plate.
Let it sit and "season" while you eat your dinner.
Enjoy! You will be very surprised how yummy this is.