It’s hearts! It’s flowers! Yep- it must be Valentine’s Day! Today, today celebrate the very best lovey dovey holiday, I’m sharing a valentine sugar cookie cake. It’s a double decker sugar cookie filled and topped with yummy buttercream, and, yes, it’s totally delish. Let’s dive in!
Remember a couple of years ago when those stacked cookie cakes in the shapes of numbers or letters were all the rage? Back then, I joined in on the fun by making cutouts of pie dough and filling them with a whipped cream mixture. It was a yummy trend, but TBH, I’m not over it yet. All those flowers and sprinkles and swirls of frosting are adorable and perfect for this time of year. So I’m bringing it back with this valentine sugar cookie cake. Here, two layers of soft-baked sugar cookie are filled with a simple American buttercream before being piped and stacked together. It’s as cute as it is delicious!
Making the Cake
To make this valentine sugar cookie cake, we start by printing the stencil. Click this link to get the stencil I used, or feel free to make your own! The recipe will provide enough dough for two shapes just smaller than a sheet of printer paper. Print out the stencil at full size and cut out.
Next, make the cookie dough. Here, butter, sugar and egg comes together before a few simple dry ingredients add in. I like to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes to an hour to prevent the dough from spreading too much in the oven. Once ready to bake the cookie, roll the dough out on a floured surface and use a pairing knife to trim out your shapes. Bake them on a parchmenet-lined baking pan and set aside.
Assembling the Cake
The frosting for this cake comes together in a bowl with a hand mixer. I use a piping bag fitted with a large round tip to dollop rounds of buttercream on the cooled cake. To do so, place your first cookie on your serving platter. Add small dollops or swirls of frosting all over the cookie. Top the frosting with the second cookie and repeat the buttercream piping for that top layer. Finally, decorate the cookie with your favorite treats: sprinkles, candies, mini cookies, candles, or even flowers! A good mix within your color palette keeps it fun and colorful.
Whatever your plans this Valentine’s Day, I hope you give this fun little cookie a try. If so, let me know what you think! Happy baking and happy (early!) Valentine’s Day!
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For the valentine sugar cookie cake heart stencil click THIS LINK.Print
Valentine Sugar Cookie Cake
This Valentine sugar cookie cake is a two layer sugar cookie filled with a soft American buttercream frosting!
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 Servings
- Category: Dessert
For the cookies:
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
For the frosting:
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 pounds confectioner’s sugar
- 2 large pasteurized eggs
- 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Milk, as needed
- Food coloring, if desired
To prepare the cookies:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar, creaming on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and stir to combine for an additional 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix slowly until well incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for an hour to set up.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Generously flour a work surface and roll the dough out to just under 1/4” thick using a floured rolling pin. Use the stencil to trim out a heart, then regather the dough, roll it out again and trim out another heart. Transfer the dough shapes carefully to the baking sheet, spacing them out at least 2” apart. Place the whole pan in the freezer for 5 minutes (or fridge for 10) to set the shaped dough and then bake in the oven for about 13 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are set but not yet golden. Allow to cool on the pan briefly and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
To prepare the frosting:
- In a large bowl, combine the butter, confectioner’s sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt, mixing until well combined. Add milk by the tablespoon until the frosting is thick but smooth, similar to the consistency of a thick cake buttercream. Use gel food coloring to dye the frosting.
To assemble the cake:
- Spread a small dollop of frosting on your serving platter and place the first cookie on top. Transfer half of the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large round (1M) tip (Feel free to use another decorative tip as desired). Pipe rounds of frosting all over the cookie and then top it with the second cookie. Repeat this process with the second cookie. Use sprinkles, flowers, or small candies to decorate the top of the cake.