My work holds a Silent Dessert Auction each year during our United Way kickoff. I've contributed a few years like this yummy Reese's cake and taken a few years off since it's a lot to balance trying to whip something up mid-week with little ones. This year I decided to participate despite being the first year with two little boys so it took some pre-planning to get it all done (thanks to my husband who did the dishes for me).
I didn't actually get to try the cookie portion of the cake, but the winner told me it was "absolutely scrumptious", so hopefully that's true. I already have four requests for this, so at least people think it looks delicious. 😉
I ended up using a different buttercream recipe based on some of the reviews, and added about 1 1/2 tablespoons of sprinkles to the batter itself just to make it a little more festive.
Sugar Cookie Cake
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 3, 8-inch, (or 2, 9-inch) cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper circles.
Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium high. Add the eggs individually, mixing after each then add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture in two parts, and the sprinkles, if using, but be careful not to overmix. Stop after just combined.
Divide the dough evenly amongst the pans and spread using a spatula or parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes (mine were thicker than the original recipe picture and probably took closer to 20 minutes to bake through) until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
I used this one and ended up adding more powdered sugar until it was the consistency I was looking for.
Then assemble the cake! Place a sugar cookie layer on your cake board or plate, top with frosting, and repeat until you have used all three layers. Decorate as you wish!