Gluten Free Cookie Cake

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A Gluten Free Cookie Cake is the perfect dessert for when you can’t decide what dessert to make. This way, you can have your cake, and eat it too. Dairy-Free option too.

A Gluten Free Cookie Cake is the perfect dessert for when you can't decide what dessert to make. This way, you can have your cake, and eat it too.

My friend Sharon from What the Fork Food Blog is celebrating her birthday, and I am celebrating with her and a bunch of her blogging friends.

How are we celebrating? A giveaway of course! We all pitched in to give away a KitchenAid stand mixer (the winner will get to choose between Green Apple, Ice, Aqua Sky, Cranberry, Metallic Chrome, or White), a prize package from Rodelle Vanilla (vanilla extract, almond extract, baking cocoa) and a $100 gift card to Sweetapolita.

What am I bringing to the party? This 3 layer gluten free cookie cake with buttercream frosting.

This Gluten Free Cookie Cake felt like a stroke of genius as I was preparing for my birthday last year. My husband and I were taking both of the girls on a trip out of state with my family, over my birthday. Because it was vacation, I wasn’t really sure if I’d want to make an entire cake while we were there. There was just too much work involved when I didn’t know if we’d have a fully equipped kitchen, or how much time I would have.

And thus, this cookie cake was born. I was able to pack the cookie cake layers ahead of time and then frost and assemble it a short few days later in time for the birthday festivities. And it was a big hit.

Everyone loves cookies, and everyone loves cake. And besides, why haven’t we been putting buttercream frosting on our chocolate chip cookies before this?

A Gluten Free Cookie Cake is the perfect dessert for when you can't decide what dessert to make. This way, you can have your cake, and eat it too.

The idea of making a giant cookie can be a little bit intimidating. What if the cookie spreads too thin while it’s baking? What if I cook it too long and it gets crispy? What if I don’t cook it long enough and the center is still raw? Trust me, I had similar trepidations.

Rest assured, this cookie layer cake is a lot easier than you first think. The basic recipe for this cookie can be found in my cookbook, too.

A Gluten Free Cookie Cake is the perfect dessert for when you can't decide what dessert to make. This way, you can have your cake, and eat it too.

The key is having a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. Then the rest of your worries and issues will melt away. You bake the cookies in a cake pan, so you won’t have to worry about uniformity. And I have the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe for this cake. And you have to be picky with your flours, just like you would with any Gluten Free recipe. Trust me on this one, make sure you use the right flour. Otherwise you’ll have a mouthful of chalky cookie, and no one wants that.

It cooked evenly, and each bite of this cake was soft and chewy, just what you’d expect from a regular cookie. Except this, this is better.

A Gluten Free Cookie Cake is the perfect dessert for when you can't decide what dessert to make. This way, you can have your cake, and eat it too.

Don’t miss all of the other Gluten-Free Birthday Recipes and help Sharon celebrate! They are right after the recipe (and the giveaway is too.)

Gluten Free Cookie Cake
 
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A Gluten Free Cookie Cake is the perfect dessert for when you can't decide what dessert to make. This way, you can have your cake, and eat it too. Dairy-Free option too.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Serves 12-16
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter OR vegan butter (1½ sticks)
  • 8.25 oz brown sugar (approx 1 cup plus 1¼ teaspoons PACKED)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 12.5 oz my gluten free flour blend (or a high-quality blend like GF Jules or Gluten Free Mama) (approx 2¼ cups when scooping the flour into the measuring cup with a spoon and then leveling it off. DON'T SCOOP THE FLOUR DIRECTLY WITH THE CUP)
  • 8 oz chocolate chips (approx 1¼ cups) (dairy-free if necessary)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of the sprinkles of your choice
  • 1 recipe American Buttercream frosting (dairy free if necessary)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line 3 9 inch cake pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the xanthan gum, baking soda, and gluten free flour. Mix until combined and then stir in the chocolate chips and sprinkles.
  5. Evenly divide the cookie dough between the cake pans and press it out. Don't worry about pushing it into all the nooks and crannies of the edges, it will spread a little as it bakes and will spread to the edges.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the dough has spread and the cookie cakes have lost their doughy shine. They will NOT be set yet, and that is ok. They will set as they cool.
  7. Cool the cookie layers before frosting.
  8. Place the bottom layer on a serving plate. Spread frosting over it and then top with another cookie layer. Repeat with the remaining layer and then decorate as desired.
Notes
I'm sorry if some of the volume measurements seem a little oddly specific. I perfected this recipe by weight and gave the best volume measurements I could for those of you without scales. If you have access to a scale, use the weight measurements for best results.

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Celebrate with all of these other gluten free birthday recipes:
Gluten Free Coconut Cake – What The Fork Food Blog

Gluten Free Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes – Gluten-Free Palate

Bourbon Tropical Peach Cocktail – Fearless Dining

Kir Royale Cocktails – The Heritage Cook

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes – My Gluten Free Miami

Gluten Free Cookie Cake – Flippin’ Delicious

Summer Beer – Vegetarian Mamma

The Best Gluten Free Cake – gfJules

Insane Cupcake Recipes – Our Mini Family

Gluten Free Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes – Good Morning Cali

Mexican Dinner Rolls – Green Healthy Cooking

Summer Mocktails and Cocktailsย – A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Gluten Free Cookie Cake – A Mind “Full” Mom

Strawberry Lychee Panna Cotta – Brunch-n-Bites

Cucumber Moscow Mule – The Culinary Compass

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting – Only Taste Matters

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes – Veggie Balance

Virgin Watermelon Margarita – Coffee With Us 3

Elderflower Mojito – Home & Plate

Summertime Lemon Cupcakes – For the Love of Food

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Stacks – Simply Healthy Family

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake – Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Watermelon Mint Gin Fizz – Frugal Foodie Mama

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake – Raia’s Recipes

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail – All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Grilled Spicy Pineapple Margarita – Lapetitchef

Gluten Free Fresh Apple Cake – My Gluten-free Kitchen

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Comments

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      I haven’t used cup4cup personally, but from what I have heard it is a pretty good gluten free flour. Go ahead and give it a try and let me know how it turns out!

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Me too Jules! I would take cookies over an actual cake almost any day. Cookies forever!
      I hope you enjoy it. Thank you!

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      If you are using a gluten free flour mix that already has xanthan gum in it, please omit the xanthan gum in the recipe. If you add it, and the blend already has it in it, you will probably have a gummy mess on your hands. My blend doesn’t have it in it because I like to add it myself.

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