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A 7th Birthday (Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake)

As a food blogger, I have…let’s say, a “reputation” to uphold. When I host a dinner party, people expect the food to be good. When I bake something for a bake sale people anticipate that I’ll bring something tasty to share. When my kid has a birthday, the assumption is that she will have a homemade cake or at least cookies, right?

So, when I asked my daughter, who turned 7 today, what she wanted to take to school as her birthday treat for her classmates (mind you, I’m rebelling and ignoring all of the suggestions from the school wellness committee that birthday treats for school be healthy, like apples or smoothies…) she stated “I want a cookie cake!”. A cookie cake….great! I can make a cookie cake. When she got home from school yesterday and I asked if she wanted to help me make her special birthday cookie cake, she said, “No mom… I don’t want one of your cookie cakes. I want a cookie cake from the grocery store! You know? With the really cool pink and blue frosting?”

So, food blogger reputation aside, I hung my head low hoping no blog readers would see me at the bakery of our local grocery store, and my sweet daughter and I picked out store bought cookie cakes for her to share with her classmates.

Now, if I do ever get the privilege of proving to my daughter that I can actually cook, and cookie cakes I make can be just as pretty and delicious as the ones from the grocery store bakery, I have this recipe from Food.com locked and loaded and ready to try. And happy 7th birthday to my sweet, sweet girl, Kelly. You are truly a ray of sunshine in my life and I love you very much, cookie cake defiance and all.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Food.com

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour, plus
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Beat butter and sugars together.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well blended.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Spread dough into a 15 1/2 inch round pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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  1. I just love the colors you used on this cake. Any kid would love to have a chocolate chip cookie cake for their birthday! I’m sure all her classmates were so excited :)

  2. I’m sorry to hear that you missed an opportunity to show off your baking skills to a classroom full of hungry 7-year-old kids! Maybe for her 8th birthday your daughter will encourage you to bake one on your own. Great recipe, and great post! Can’t wait to bake one :)

  3. Dorothy @ Kids Birthday Party Places says:

    Happy belated sweety!! the cake looks yummy ,hopefully this year
    she will request from you to bake the cookie cake.. great post!

  4. I share your pain. I just baked this cake thanks for the wonderful recipe. And I baked it before my daughter comes back from school and drags me to the store to get a cookie cake with icing :-) I am going to ice it at home and entice her before that happens. This cake turned out so beautifully fluffy, probably becoz of the cream of tarter. I used orange extract instead of vanilla and added some orange zest to it. I am sure it will be better liked than the packaged one. My daughter is turning 10 tomorrow!

  5. Belated Wishes to your daughter. Most of the kids believes that cake from the grocery shop is delicious. For next time, prepare cake in prior and let her taste it. So that, it might be a chance for you to prepare a cake as per your wish for her next birthday.

  6. wow i dont know hjow to make the blue frosting degsign help?

  7. You are one good momma! I don’t know if I could put my reputation aside. Luckily, I don’t have little kiddos yet so I have time to do some growing. Happy birthday to Kelly! And cheers to you!

  8. Recipe is amazing, thanks for sharing(:

  9. Yolana Simpson says:

    So glad I found this on Pinterest! My son has been wanting a cookie cake, I didn’t like the one from the store. I will definately surprise him for his birthday in March or maybe for Valentine’s Day or maybe both!!


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