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18 Jun

Celebration Cookie Cake

Celebration cookie

Cake, the traditional offering at nearly every birthday, graduation and anniversary celebration. While I have never been known to turn down a piece of cake, I think that you may agree that after a while cake just becomes, well..... boring! Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat that just about everyone has had at one time or another. Why not bring two classics together into one delicious dessert?! A celebration dessert, worthy of anyone's big day. These cookie cakes can be customized to just about any size you need, one of two large cookie cakes for an intimate family gathering or many tiny individual cookie cakes for a large celebration.

The celebration cookie cake utilizes two of my personal favorite products from Beanilla: Vanilla fleur de sel and Beanilla vanilla bean paste.

Vanilla fleur de sel brings a depth of flavor to sweet treats. Fleur de Sel ("Flower of Salt" in French) is hand-harvested sea salt that is formed at the surface of salt beds and collected by workers who scrape only the top layer of salt. Rich in minerals with superior flavor qualities, Fleur de Sel is one of the most expensive salts in the world. Our Fleur de Sel is collected off the coast of Brittany (France) and is combined with premium ground vanilla beans of Tahiti and Papua New Guinea. Vanilla Fleur de Sel is exquisite with seafood and poultry and is naturally harmonious with sweet and sour dishes.

My second favorite product is Beanilla vanilla bean paste. I love this product!! Beanilla Vanilla Paste is our in-house proprietary blend of select Bourbon and Tahitian vanillas used to create an equal balance of flavor and aroma. The floral, fruity, cherry like notes of the Tahitensis variety blend wonderfully with the nutty-chocolate character of the Planifolia type in the rich and wonderful 2-Fold Paste.

Both products will take the flavor of your pastries and desserts to a level of delicious that is unparalleled.

Celebration Cookie Cake Recipe

Yields 3 mini cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. Beanilla vanilla extract
  • 2¾ cups (12 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla fleur de sel
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1¼ cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup toffee bits

Directions:

Preheat oven to 365 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until it is combined. Add both eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour until cookie batter is fully incorporated. Finally add chocolate chips and toffee bits until well distributed. Scoop the batter (using a size 20 scoop) onto a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are nice and golden brown. The cookies will spread considerably and seem flat (this is ok!) Remove from heat and allow the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet for an additional 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Beanilla vanilla bean paste

Directions:

Place the powdered sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla bean paste into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Place on low speed and beat until ingredients begin to combine. Increase the speed and slowly add the milk. Increase to high and beat until light and fluffy. Approximately 5 minutes.

Assembly

Place a cookie onto a cake plate. Pipe a layer of frosting onto the cookie. Continue until you have 8 layers of cookies. Pipe stars onto the top cookie and sprinkle with colorful confetti sprinkles.

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