Summer Picnic Party Lemon Cookie Cake

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 in Blog, Cookies, Recipes | 35 comments

Summer Picnic Party: Lemon Cookie Cake

Welcome to the Summer Picnic Party hosted by Beth from Hungry Happenings and Hani from Haniela’s. They brought together 19 fabulous food bloggers together for a summer picnic party and giveaway. Summer picnic’s can be tricky with food. Heat can often kill the best recipes.  I love bringing our lemon cookie cake to summer picnics. You don’t have to worry about it melting, it is easy to transport and it is not a heavy dessert. Nobody wants to eat something super heavy on a hot day.

Lemon Cookie Cake

Lemon Cookie Cake {Recipe}

You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Lemon Zest {2 lemons}
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup organic shortening (Spectrum)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10” fluted removable bottom tart pan or cake pan.

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening and lemon zest together on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Add granulated sugar, powdered sugar, egg, lemon extract and lemon juice. Beat on medium speed until fully incorporated.

Add in the flour mixture all at once with the mixer on the lowest speed. Mix until well combined.

Place mixture in the tart pan. Spray an offset spatula with coconut oil.  Use an offset spatula to smooth the mixture in the pan.

Bake for 15 minutes.  Let the tart pan cool completely on a rack.

Lemon Buttercream

You’ll Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp organic shortening
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, shortening and salt for about 3 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and lemon extract.  Once the mixture comes together, scrape down the bowl. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and the lemon juice. Beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl again. Beat on high speed for 5 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy.

STEP 1:

Divide the buttercream into 2 prep bowls. Color one bowl with yellow and leave the other white.

Lemon Cookie Cake

STEP 2:

Fill two piping bags. One with yellow buttercream and one with white buttercream. Place large round tip on the end of the coupler. I used Wilton Tip No. 10.

Lemon Cookie Cake

STEP 3:

Pipe a half moon shape with the yellow buttercream. Then pipe another half moon shape inside the yellow buttercream with the white color.

Lemon Cookie Cake

STEP 4:

Pipe a white line across the top of the lemon wedge. Them pipe the quarters in white.

Lemon Cookie Cake

STEP 5:

Fill in the quarters with the yellow buttercream. You can decorate your whole cookie cake or you can leave part of it with no frosting. In our house we have some frosting lovers and some who just want the cookie all by itself. With this  cake both parties are happy!

Lemon Cookie Cake

STEP 6:

Place it in your favorite cake carrier and you are ready for your picnic. I love this cake keeper from Sandra Lee.  It comes with a plastic knife that hooks into the top so you can cut your cake wherever you go.

Lemon Cookie Cake

Wait till you see all the amazing picnic ideas.  Hot summer days are perfect to kick back, relax and surf some blogs for great ideas.

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The Marshmallow StudioBuzzy Bee Pop Tutorial

Sam’s KitchenElderflower Cordial

Lila LoaSandwich Picnic Cookies

Pink Little Cake -Shortbread Cookie Tart with Caramel Bits

Hungry HappeningsKetchup and Mustard Push up Pops

The PartiologistAnt on a Log

Kitchen Fun with My 3 SonsPicnic Blanket Treats

The Baked EquationLemon Cookie Cake

The Decorated CookieCookies on the String

Not Your Momma’s CookieAnt Attack Cupcakes

Creative Fun Food - Picnic Blanket Sandwich

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35 Comments

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  1. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations

    Believe it or not but I have never made or had a cookie cake. This lemon version sounds fantastic for summer :)
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  2. Jacquee

    I so want to go out right this moment and buy a picnic basket and stuff it full of everything here!! What cool ideas!! Love all things citrus for summer – sweet too…
    Jacquee recently posted…Amarula Chai Latte Creamsicle {Summer Sweets}My Profile

  3. Michelle | Creative Food

    I love lemons and lemonade so I LOVE your cookie cake!! Cute and creative idea!!
    Michelle | Creative Food recently posted…Summer Picnic PartyMy Profile

  4. Samantha

    It looks so yummy! And I love the cute decorating!

  5. Georganne

    You take such pretty pictures! I love the simple decorating on this cookie cake!
    Georganne recently posted…Summer Sandwiches for a Summer Picnic PartyMy Profile

  6. Claudia Rivera

    I want to win the cookie cutter company $50 online credit because I want to grow my tiny collection of cookie cutters.

  7. Maria Berrios

    For my next picnic party, I’ll be making a berry lemon curd tart!

  8. Amanda Fox

    I would bring cookies or some type of dessert as this is my favorite thing to eat! And I want to win any of the cookie cutters as I love to bake cookies!

  9. hani@haniela's

    One of my favorite cake pans to use is a tart pan with removable bottom so when I first saw this cake I was delighted to have found another idea for the pan. I adore the way you added lemon on the top.
    hani@haniela’s recently posted…Roasted Chicken Green Bean Salad Sandwiches, Summer Picnic Blog Party with GiveawayMy Profile

  10. Mike @ Semi Sweet

    Beautiful cookie cake, Melissa! Thanks for the head’s up on that nifty cake carrier too!
    Mike @ Semi Sweet recently posted…Stay Connected with Cookie ConnectionMy Profile

  11. Paula

    Perfect dessert for a summer picnic. I love all your photographs. What an eye-catching post.
    Paula recently posted…Chocolate Button Sandwich Cookies with Amaretto ButtercreamMy Profile

  12. trinnie

    I’d love to win the certificate from The Cookie Cutter Company because a girl can never have enough cutters!

  13. Diane {Created by Diane}

    Oh my goodness Melissa, I just have to make this….I love lemon, and it is super-cute!
    Diane {Created by Diane} recently posted…Luau Pasta Salad “Summer Picnic Party”My Profile

  14. Sue {Munchkin Munchies}

    I have a soft spot for cookies, especially cute, giant ones, Melissa! Perfect for transporting to a picnic!
    Sue {Munchkin Munchies} recently posted…Checkerboard Tablecloth Sugar Cookies for Summer Picnic PartyMy Profile

  15. Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe

    Love this cake!!! Looks yummy! I would Love to win all of these and make this darn cookie!
    Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe recently posted…two bite apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies…My Profile

  16. Beth @ Hungry Happenings

    My husband’s favorite flavor is lemon and he would love it if I made this for him anytime! Thanks for sharing this with us at our picnic party.
    Beth @ Hungry Happenings recently posted…Ketchup and Mustard Push-Up Pops for a Summer Picnic Party. Plus a great giveaway with 6 winners.My Profile

  17. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie

    SO beautiful, Melissa! Lemon is my favorite summertime flavor, so I’m all over this! :) Love the sweet design on the top!
    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma’s Cookie recently posted…Summer Picnic Party: Ant Attack Cupcakes (and a Giveaway!)My Profile

  18. janine@sugarkissed.net

    Lemon buttercream… Yum! So pretty and so perfect for summer!
    janine@sugarkissed.net recently posted…Watermelon Cupcakes + Summer Picnic Party GiveawayMy Profile

  19. The Partiologist

    I want to go to your picnic and eat that cake – I love LEMON!

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