Yep, that’s right. I’m bringing you a chocolate chip cookie LAYER cake! Because a single layer cookie cake just isn’t enough for this cookie lover. I made this cake when I hit 10,000 followers on Instagram because there’s no better way to celebrate than with the ultimate cookie cake.
I’ve always had this idea in my head of creating a chocolate chip cookie layer cake but struggled with the execution. I can’t take all the credit for the construction of this cake because I was heavily influenced by this cake from The Cake Blog. The recipe is still my own but I lend all the cookie smashing to Carrie!
But if you want a birthday cake that WOWs…this is exactly what you need. I mean how often do you see a 10 layer cookie cake?? Plus, it’s way easier to make than a traditional birthday cake. No really…it is!
How to make the chocolate chip cookie cake layers
You’re probably looking at this cake and thinking…how the heck do you get all those layers? It’s actually much easier than you think. It just takes a little extra work than your standard chocolate chip cookie.
You start by making the cookie dough just like any other. The magic is how you prep the cookie dough for baking. You scoop out a large portion (weighed for consistency) and place it on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Using something heavy and flat, place another piece of parchment paper on top of your cookie dough mound and press to flatten. You know when to stop pressing when the chocolate chips don’t allow you to push any more. They’re a nice guide so you can’t make your cookies too flat.
Now, bake! Since they’re so flat, they bake around the same time as a standard cookie. The trick is to bake as many as you can at once so that you get consistent color and spread. The longer your cookie dough sits out, the thinner and darker you cookies will get as they bake.
How to construct your cookie layer cake
Now that the cookies are baked, it’s time to assemble your cookie layer cake. It’s essential to use a buttercream that is thick enough to hold the weight of the cake. I used a traditional American buttercream that tightens up as it dries. Tightens? Hardens? It just becomes a bit stronger as it sits.
Start by stacking your cookies in an order that looks best as you might get some slight variations in sizes. Also make sure your cookies are COMPLETELY cool. If you use warm cookies, your cake will just fall apart. Then you just stack and spread, stack and spread, stack and spread.
No need to refrigerate it. Let it sit out for a few hours, or overnight, so that the stack becomes more solid. The buttercream will also start to moisten the cookies, giving it a more cake-like texture.
When you set it out, either put it in a tall cake container or cover it in plastic wrap. You don’t want it to dry out!
C’mon! Just look at that slice! If that hasn’t sold you then I don’t know what will.
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