Black & White Cookie Cake (revisited)

by Megan on May 9, 2013

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Because cookies can be cake can be cookies. And did you know there’s lemon in the white side of the frosting? And EVEN some in the chocolate side? It makes the icing taste perfectly complex and like a dream.

This cake sliced WAY prettier the next day. No crumb-y bits happened then. Oh, well. Girl needed cake!

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And you know what the best part of this cake is?! You get some black and some white in every single bite. It’s what the cookies want to grow up to be, I bet! I need every bite to have some chocolate, that’s for sure.

P.S. Elliot’s main weekend chore is to guard cooking baked goods.

Black & White Cookie Cake // take a megabite

Black & White Cookie Cake (makes one 6-inch cake*)
Recipe adapted from Perfect Cakes via Food Mahem

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Black & White icing (recipe below)
Directions
  1. Line the bottom of 2 (6-inch) cake pans with buttered parchment paper. Position rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, mixing well.
  3. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until very soft and light.  Beat in the vanilla, then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Reduce the speed to low and beat in one-third of the flour mixture, then half the buttermilk, stopping and scraping down the bowl and beater after each addition. Beat in another third of the flour, then the remaining buttermilk, stopping and scraping again. Finally, beat in the remaining flour mixture.
  5. Scrape the bowl well with a large rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops.
  6. Bake the layers for about 30 to 35 minutes, until they are well risen and firm and a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean. Cool the layers in the pans on racks for 5 minutes, then unmold onto racks to finish cooling before icing. Trim the top of each cake layer to flatten. (Save the scraps for a parfait!)
  7. Ice the bottom layer half white and half black and place the top layer on top.
  8. Frost the opposite sides of the top layer white and black so in every bite it’s like an even cakey-er black and white cookie.

*This recipe can easily be doubled to make a 9-inch cake!

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I wore the same apron in 2009 when I iced this!

Black & White Icing
Recipe adapted from Epicurious

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 T light corn syrup
  • lemon juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-4 teaspoons water
  • 2 T unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
Directions:
  1. Stir together confectioners sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer half of icing to another bowl and stir in cocoa, adding more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to thin to same consistency as white icing.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipes above.

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Let’s eat (buttermilk) cake!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

lynn @ the actor's diet May 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

oh yes!!! would be a great cake for someone leaving/moving to NYC!

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Megan May 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Yes! Totes would be!

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Erika May 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

A cake cookie..a cookie cake.. yes please..

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Megan May 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Can’t go wrong with a cookie-cake, ya know?

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cindy May 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

that cake is so thoughtful…having two icings in ever bite!

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Megan May 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Yeah! It just considers others!

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jamie @ green beans & grapefruit May 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

You and this are brilliant! (I’d totally go for the chocolate side)

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Megan May 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Thanks girl! Both sides have sooooome chocolate, but yeah. I totally ate pieces from the chocolate side.

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mum May 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Another Mothers day delight!!

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Megan May 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

So true, mum!

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Lora May 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

This is so clever. Love it!

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Megan May 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

Thanks, Lora!

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Billy May 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I want a cookie turned cake right now. And now I need to try that chocolate lemon combo!!

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Megan May 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

It’s kinda miraculous!

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Laura Dembowski May 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Love black and white cookies! The idea of turning them into a cake is genius! This looks simply awesome.

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Megan May 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

I bet you’d love this man!

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Rachel @ Bakerita May 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I love how gorgeous this is, and the idea of taking the black and white cookie and turning it into a cake. Brilliant! And the addition of lemon sounds delicious.

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Megan May 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

Thanks, Rachel!

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Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake May 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Looks delicious and such a creative idea!

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amy August 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’m confused – 1/2 cup butter? 1/2 stick butter? How much?? It is not clear in the list of ingredients.

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Megan August 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hey Amy! It’s 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter. Sorry about the confusion! It’s corrected now. <3

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Carrie July 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I’d like to try this for my son’s birthday–he loved B&W’s!– but I’m wondering about the description saying it makes one 6″ cake, since it calls for using 9″ pans. I don’t do a lot of baking. Am I misunderstanding something? 🙂 Thanks!

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Megan July 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Sorry, Carrie! I fixed it. It makes a 6″ cake. 🙂

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Carrie July 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Thank you for replying so quickly! So just to be sure (again, not a frequent baker!) if I double all quantities, I can use my two 9″ pans?

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Megan July 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I made it that size before! Check it out here: http://www.takeamegabite.com/black-white-cookie-cake/

dana September 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

amazinggggggggg. My favorite cookie ever! Such a perfect indulgence! love your photos!

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